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January 18 01:04 PM

Stuffed Shrimp Festival plans kickoff party on Jan. 24

Organizers of the Shreveport Stuffed Shrimp Festival will announce details of the inaugural festival during a kick-off party to be held at Great Raft Brewing, 1251 Dalzell St. in Shreveport, at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24.

During the kick-off party, the public can learn about ways to become involved in the upcoming festival, including corporate and individual sponsorship, vendor opportunities and more.

The kick-off party will begin with a Mardi Gras-style “second line” entrance led by members of the Krewe of Sobek and the Krewe of Centaur. Food will be available for purchase from the Eddie’s Restaurant food truck.

Admission to the kick-off party at Great Raft Brewing is free, but RSVP is requested by contacting Mavice Hughes Thigpen at mavice@yahoo.com or 318- 510-6759.

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. A festival website is coming soon.

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. Restaurants involved in planning the festival include Eddie's Restaurant and Orlandeaux’s Café.

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 mavicet@yahoo.com or 318-510-6759. To receive regular updates from festival organizers, like the Stuffed Shrimp Festival page on Facebook.

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