Arts & Crabs 2019
Saturday, August 17 / 5-8PM
Burton Coliseum


Presented annually by the Arts & Humanities Council and the SWLA Convention & Visitors Bureau, this culinary fundraiser event occurred on Saturday, August 17th 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.Attendees sample from an extensive tasting featuring the best local chefs, each preparing a unique seafood dish representative of their cuisine’s styles. Louisiana craft brew samples are offered as complementary pairings to all dishes. Chefs battle in the annual crab dish contest, with one “People’s Choice” winner being chosen by the attendees in a popular vote, and an additional first place “Best Crab Dish” chosen by a judging panel. 

Arts & Crabs, recognized as a “Top 20 Event in the Southeast” for seven years in a row by the Southeast Tourism Society, will showcase live Louisiana music by Chris Miller & Bayou Roots, art demonstrations, and an extensive art market.

Funds raised at Arts & Crabs are reinvested back into the SWLA community through the Arts Council’s year-round services and events.

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.

Tickets are available at and credit card purchases are accepted at the Arts Council office in Central School at 809 Kirby Street, Suite 202, Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm.

Arts & Crabs is sponsored by the Arts Council of SWLA, Lake Charles/SWLA Convention & Visitors Bureau, ASI Office Systems, Automotive Alignment & Brake Service, Burton Complex, Chris Gaudet State Farm, Coca-Cola, CSE Credit Union, Deep South Productions, Delta Downs Casino, Digikast Captive Media Solutions, Erdace Companies, Fox 29, Image 360 Lake Charles, Knight Media Printing, KPLC, L’Auberge Lake Charles, Lake City Entertainment, the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Louisiana Lottery, the Louisiana Seafood Association, Medearis Costumes, Parker Brand Creative Services, Reed Mendelson Ameriprise Financial, Southwest Beverage, Stevens & Guilbeaux Financial Consulting Group, and Thrive Magazine.

CONGRATULATIONS to the “Best Crab Dish” winners for 2018,

Paul’s Rib Shack BBQ with Crab & Beef Mac Bites and Hi-Licious Food Kitchen with Crab Egg Rolls!


Thank you to our 2019 sponsors!


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