The Inaugural Shreveport Stuffed Shrimp Festival will be held, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Eleven Events, 1529 Texas Ave., in Shreveport. The festival will be a free, family-friendly event celebrating the unique style of stuffed shrimp that were created and popularized in Shreveport as well as the cultural and historical significance of this beloved regional specialty. The festival will include live musical entertainment, cooking demonstrations, historical presentations, food trucks, vendors, arts and crafts, and a kid-friendly play area with bounce houses and more.
The Shreveport Stuffed Shrimp Festival is a presentation of the Eddie E. Hughes Foundation, a Shreveport-based nonprofit organization. The foundation is named in honor of the late Chef Eddie Hughes, owner and proprietor of Eddie’s Restaurant in Shreveport. Hughes opened Eddie’s Restaurant in 1978 at 1956 Hollywood Ave., where it continues to be operated by the Hughes family.
Funds raised by the festival will establish a scholarship for a deserving student from Woodlawn Leadership Academy or Huntington High School in Shreveport to obtain a Certificate of Technical Studies in Culinary Arts from Bossier Parish Community College. As the story of Chef Eddie Hughes illustrates, it is important to equip underprivileged young adults with skills such as those taught in the culinary arts. The foundation would also like to provide skills to young adults that can last a lifetime.
For more information on the Shreveport Stuffed Shrimp Festival, contact Mavice Hughes Thigpen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 318-510-6759. To receive regular updates from festival organizers, like the Stuffed Shrimp Festival page on Facebook.