SUN – JAN 19 // 2014


The Food Village presented by Michelob Ultra at the Finish Festival has something for everyone recovering from their race or spectating: local music, food and art. This grand celebration is a salute to your amazing accomplishment as well as a showcase of the vibrant culture of our great state.

Louisianians have an extraordinary zest for life that is exhibited by our culture. Take a little piece of Louisiana home with you. So have some fun an celebrate the Louisiana way with 5,000 of your closest friends at the Louisiana Marathon Finish Festival — It will be a time you won’t soon forget.

This year, all marathon and half marathon participants will receive a wristband that allows 10 trips to either a food booth or beer truck. Crave a serving of Jambalaya and a beer? That’ll be two punches on your wristband. Two servings of Jambalaya, two beers, a gluten-free beignet and a Crawfish Monica? That’s six punches.

The footprint-decorated wristbands will help race participants obtain the food they want when they want it. New for 2014, the wristbands allow access to the stand-alone Food Village where nearly 2 dozen food, beverage and beer vendors will serve up the best in Louisiana cuisine. No wristband, no servings.


The Gonzales Jambalaya Festival

The Gonzales Jambalaya Festival will occupy a showcase tent from which they will serve both Cajun and Creole Jambalaya. Cajun is the more traditional, brownish Jambalaya while Creole is more red in appearance and creamy in texture. Try both for the ultimate and authentic jambalaya taste off.

The Vegan Village

Also new to the Finish Festival presented by Michelob Ultra Food Village is a new Vegan Village, located in a showcase tent. You asked for it and in 2014 we have it – vegan and vegetarian options right on site at the Finish Festival.

Our friends at Greenheart: Products of Peace, have put together a cornucopia of delectable yumminess in the Vegan Village. Runners can enjoy:

  • Vegan Red Beans and Rice with Field Roast sausage from Alexander’s Highland Market in Baton Rouge
  • Vegan gluten-free beignets from Bibi’s Patisserie in Lafayette
  • Tofurky tasting from GreenHeart’s booth
    Samples brought to you from Greenheart from over 15 of your favorite vegan vendors such as Mary’s Gone Crackers, Tofurky, Tofu Town and many more
  • The Louisiana Seafood Festival – Crawfish Etouffee

    Our third showcase tent features partnership with the Lousiana Seafood Festival and Kajun Kettle, makers of the much beloved Louisiana festival favorite, Crawfish Monica, will be serving 2,500 bowls of Crawfish Étouffée. New to The Louisiana Marathon in 2014, Crawfish Étouffée is sure to be a popular destination in The Food Village.


    The wristbands allow access to the stand-alone Food Village. All 5K, marathon and half marathon participants will receive a wristband that allows 10 servings from either a food booth or beer truck. Crave a serving of Jambalaya and a beer? That’ll be two punches on your wristband. Two servings of Jambalaya, two beers, a gluten-free beignet and a Crawfish Monica? That’s six punches. Participants will obtain footprint-decorated wristbands on their race bibs.

    Non-runners can purchase their wristbands online or at The Expo or at ticket booths on the festival grounds. To ensure an experience for all runners: no wristband, no access.

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    Many restaurants from Louisiana will be serving local favorite dishes: Alligator Sauce Piquante, Crawfish Tamales, Collard Greens, Duck Andouille Gumbo, Fresh Juices, Frog Leg and Goat Cheese Meat Pies, Gator Chili, Grits and Grillades Pasta, Homemade Mac & Cheese, King Cakes, Red Beans and Rice, and so much more…


    Enjoy regional craft beers  and Louisiana food selections from over 15 different restaurant partners. We are fortunate to have these local restaurants feature dishes from around the state. If you stop by any of these soon, be sure to mention you ran for their food at The Louisiana Marathon.

        • Acme Oyster House
        • Boudreaux & Thibodeaux’s
        • Chimes / Parrain’s
        • Doe’s Eat Place
        • Fresh Junkie
        • Galatoire’s Bistro
        • Hotel Indigo
        • Jimmy John’s
        • Juban’s
        • L’Auberge Casino Hotel
        • Le Creole
        • Mestizo’s Louisiana Mexican Cuisine
        • Pop Culture
        • Restaurant IPO
        • Strands Cafe
        • Sullivan’s Steakhouse
        • The Big Squeezy



    Kick off those running shoes and enjoy your Louisiana cuisine along with the music of Bayou Country like a true local. The Finish Festival will spotlight funky, eclectic Louisiana bands that attract visitors from around the globe year-round.

    Big_Sams_Funky_Nation-WEB_72dpiBig Sam’s Funky Nation

    Big Sam’s Funky Nation is a festival favorite across North America. Between the band’s solos, Big Sam’s signature dance moves and his distinctive trombone riffs, the energy level is high voltage when this band takes the stage.


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    The Michael Foster Project is Baton Rouge’s favorite Brass Band. This group of talented musicians rocks, swings, and grooves through both fun covers and original tunes. A proven crowd favorite, The Michael Foster Project will surely get the Finish Festival party going early on Sunday.

    Bucktown All-Stars

    Rock and roll and horn-powered R&B meet in New Orleans and they catch a parade at a tailgate party where somebody gets married. If that’s too hard to understand, it’s 1960s classic R&B and soul, ’70s funk and New Orleans music mixed with laughs!



        • 9:00 AM // Doors Open to Public
        • 9:30 – 11:00 // Michael Foster Project
        • 11:00 – 11:30am // Announcements – Top Finishers & Half Marathon Awards
        • 11:30 – 1:30pm // Big Sam’s Funky Nation
        • 1:30 – 2:00pm // Announcements & Awards
        • 2:00 – 4:00pm // Bucktown Allstars



    Food Village presented by Michelob Ultra at the Finish Festival:
    AZ Young Park – State Capitol Welcome Center
    900 N 3rd St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802


    SAT – JAN 18 // 2014

    Join family, friends and neighbors at the Run Louisiana Day, a running festival. Run/walk The Advocate 5K or Kids Marathon, then celebrate at Family Fest with the musical performances by the Dunham School Jazz band, Baton Rouge Music Studios, and the Baton Rouge Symphony Youth Orchestra, great food and family activities: Play Dirty Obstacle Course, 225 Inflatables, Quarters Action Games, face painter, balloon artists, and much much more.

    Visit The Expo on Fri. Jan. 17 and Sat. Jan. 18 at the RiverCenter and pick up tips and tricks at our Guest Speaker Series and Pastalaya Dinner with Bill Rodgers and Matt Long at Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center.


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