The food and faces of Louisiana Street Food Fest 2018

January 13th was a chilly Saturday, yet thousands of Baton Rouge locals and visitors bundled up and made the trip to the First Annual Louisiana Street Food Festival despite the cold. Lining S. River Road by Raising Cane's River Center were 22 independent chefs from across the state, operating from food trucks and pop-ups and ready to serve their street food specialties to the hungry crowd. The fest was a new addition to the Louisiana Marathon weekend and the first of its kind in Louisiana.

A month after the Street Food Fest found its way into the hearts (and bellies) of so many, we're happy to offer you a recap of the day through photos. Please enjoy the bright faces and delicious dishes of the First Annual Louisiana Street Food Festival! Images captured by Ollie Alexander and Phil Roberts (for ThreeSixtyEight).

Spoiler alert: The fest will be back bigger and better in 2019! Mark you calendars for January 19, 2019 and stay tuned for more!

 Shreveport-based Ono's Traditional Hawaiian serves up Teriyaki Chicken and Pork Katsu with Garlic Lemon Aioli.  OA

Shreveport-based Ono's Traditional Hawaiian serves up Teriyaki Chicken and Pork Katsu with Garlic Lemon Aioli. OA

 The husband and wife duo behind Afrodisiac NOLA smile in front of their purple truck. Afrodisiac NOLA serves unique fusion dishes combining flavors of Caribbean and New Orleanian cuisine.  OA

The husband and wife duo behind Afrodisiac NOLA smile in front of their purple truck. Afrodisiac NOLA serves unique fusion dishes combining flavors of Caribbean and New Orleanian cuisine. OA

 22 street food chefs serve the hungry crowd from trucks and pop-ups while the dancing-inclined enjoy tunes from Grammy Award winners the Lost Bayou Ramblers (left).  OA

22 street food chefs serve the hungry crowd from trucks and pop-ups while the dancing-inclined enjoy tunes from Grammy Award winners the Lost Bayou Ramblers (left). OA

 Grammy Award winners the Lost Bayou Ramblers played for two hours during the fest.  PR

Grammy Award winners the Lost Bayou Ramblers played for two hours during the fest. PR

 Artisan BBQ getting the treatment at Lake Charles-based Paul's Rib Shack.  OA

Artisan BBQ getting the treatment at Lake Charles-based Paul's Rib Shack. OA

 A customer orders from Lake Charles-based The Sloppy Taco.

A customer orders from Lake Charles-based The Sloppy Taco.

 Festive Chicken and Waffles from NOLA-based Cocoa & Cream Catering.  OA

Festive Chicken and Waffles from NOLA-based Cocoa & Cream Catering. OA

 Intergenerational foodies pausing for a photo in front of NOLA-based grill-master Grilling Shilling.  OA

Intergenerational foodies pausing for a photo in front of NOLA-based grill-master Grilling Shilling. OA

 Baton Rouge's own Chef Ryan Andre' serving up Cajun/Asian fusion in partnership with Gastreauxnomica and The Cajun Spoon.  PR

Baton Rouge's own Chef Ryan Andre' serving up Cajun/Asian fusion in partnership with Gastreauxnomica and The Cajun Spoon. PR

 Chef Ryan Andre's Pork Belly Okonomiyaki.  PR

Chef Ryan Andre's Pork Belly Okonomiyaki. PR

 A crowd around Old School Eats' iconic red school bus decides between menu items, including the Fancy Pants Nachos and Crawfish Tasso and Corn Fried Cheese Ravioli.  OA

A crowd around Old School Eats' iconic red school bus decides between menu items, including the Fancy Pants Nachos and Crawfish Tasso and Corn Fried Cheese Ravioli. OA

 In the foreground, Crawfish, Tasso and Corn Fried Cheese Ravioli. In the background, Chicken Beignet Sliders. Both from New Orleans-based Old School Eats.  OA

In the foreground, Crawfish, Tasso and Corn Fried Cheese Ravioli. In the background, Chicken Beignet Sliders. Both from New Orleans-based Old School Eats. OA

 A happy face at the First Annual Louisiana Street Food Festivals.  PR

A happy face at the First Annual Louisiana Street Food Festivals. PR

 Foodie friends deciding on their order from Baton Rouge's Mr. Ronnie's Famous Hot Donuts truck. The Mr. Ronnie's team was also serving up mini burgers at the fest.  OA

Foodie friends deciding on their order from Baton Rouge's Mr. Ronnie's Famous Hot Donuts truck. The Mr. Ronnie's team was also serving up mini burgers at the fest. OA

 Barrie Schwartz, CEO + Founder of My House Social, posing in her Louisiana Street Food Festival gear.  OA

Barrie Schwartz, CEO + Founder of My House Social, posing in her Louisiana Street Food Festival gear. OA

 The team at NOLA-based Crepes a la Cart hands off one of their sweet or savory treats to a heavily bundled customer.  OA

The team at NOLA-based Crepes a la Cart hands off one of their sweet or savory treats to a heavily bundled customer. OA

 Julie of NOLA-based Petite Rouge Coffee wears a onesie and pours specialty espresso drinks from her vintage 1970 Citroen H-Van.  OA

Julie of NOLA-based Petite Rouge Coffee wears a onesie and pours specialty espresso drinks from her vintage 1970 Citroen H-Van. OA

 Festival attendees dancing to the music of Grammy Award winners the Lost Bayou Ramblers.  PR

Festival attendees dancing to the music of Grammy Award winners the Lost Bayou Ramblers. PR

We're already looking forward to making memories (and stuffing our faces) at at the Second Annual Louisiana Street Food Festival on January 19, 2019. Be sure to give us a follow on social @myhousesocial to stay up to date with our chefs and their culinary creations!

The 2018 Louisiana Street Food Festival was produced in partnership with the Louisiana Marathon, Red Cake Events, Ainsley's Angels and Louisiana Runs.