Arts & Crabs 2018
Saturday, August 18 / 5-8PM
Burton Coliseum

Applications: Art VendorChef/Restaurant

Presented annually by the Arts & Humanities Council and the SWLA Convention & Visitors Bureau, this culinary fundraiser event returns on Saturday, August 18th at the Burton Coliseum.

Arts & Crabs celebrates the ties between seafood and culture – our region’s greatest national assets. Attendees sample from an extensive crab and seafood dish tasting, featuring local chefs preparing a unique dish representative of their cuisine’s styles. Louisiana craft beer samples are offered as complementary pairings.

Participating chefs battle for votes in the annual “Best Crab Dish” award, determined by popular vote. Area chefs are invited to showcase the diversity of Louisiana’s shellfish industry through the presentation of any seafood dish, though only crab dishes will be eligible to compete for the award.

This year’s winning chef will proudly display an original piece of Louisiana artwork, created specifically for the event, in their restaurant. Stay tuned for more details on this art contest, available soon!

Arts & Crabs will also feature live music by Emily Simon & Keepin’ It Cajun and an eclectic art market with live demonstrations.

For tickets to Arts & Crabs, visit and search “Arts & Crabs 2018.” Tickets are $40 each.

Chefs interested in participating should contact [email protected]. A stipend is offered toward the cost of ingredients and/or supplies, and either the chef or a representative from the restaurant must be present during the event.

Funds raised at Arts & Crabs are reinvested back into the SWLA community through the Arts Council’s year-round services and events. For more details, call the Arts Council office at (337) 439-2787.

Arts & Crabs is presented by the Arts Council of SWLA, the Lake Charles/SWLA Convention & Visitors Bureau, Deep South Productions, and the Burton Complex.


CONGRATULATIONS to the “Best Crab Dish” winner for 2017,

The Sloppy Taco, with their Soft Shell Crab Quesadilla

photo courtesy of Shalin Townsend

More 2017 event photos here
(courtesy of Lake City Entertainment)

Congratulations to Natalie LeBleu, winner of the first-ever “Best Crab Dish” art contest!

Determined by popular vote on our Facebook page, Natalie’s beautiful mosaic piece will be on display at the event, and will be awarded to the winning chef to proudly display in their eatery.


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