This Weekend: 25th annual SugarFest goes virtual


The West Side Journal

PORT ALLEN, La. (The West Side Journal) – The 25th anniversary of SugarFest, West Baton Rouge Museum’s annual sweet celebration of the sugarcane harvest, will be shared online this year.

The museum will uniquely celebrate its silver anniversary by virtually showcasing the old fashioned Sweets Contest.

The tradition of the sweets contest will be included in a two day Facebook event to be held the first weekend in October along with interviews, performances, and demonstrations with Louisiana folk artists, musicians, and sugar industry professionals.

This year, there is no cooking or baking required. As a sweet treat, Louisiana Chef John Folse of Chef John Folse & Company will review submitted entries and select winning recipes.

Then, as icing on the cake, Susan Ford, Publisher & Editorial Director of Louisiana Kitchen & Culture magazine will publish these recipes in the November/December Holiday edition.

As always, the grand prize winner will be awarded the highly sought after sugar shell.

Sugar Fest was voted one of the Top 20 events in the Southeast. It includes living history demonstrations, food and mule-driven grinding, music, a cake walk and other activities related to Sugar Plantation Life as it was years ago.

Join in on the SugarFest fun Oct. 3 – 4 on the West Baton Rouge Museum Facebook page

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The West Side Journal, located in Port Allen, Louisiana serves as the official journal of West Baton Rouge Parish. The newspaper’s roots run deep in the West Baton Rouge community, as the earliest dates of publication reach back to the mid-1800s.

The current editor is Breanna Smith, an alumna of Louisiana State University's Manship School of Mass Communication and native of Baton Rouge. Contributing writers to the Journal are members of the West Side community.

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