Set amid 300-year-old live oaks, the 19th century plantation home showcases fine arts and crafts and culinary arts in more than 150 booths manned by artists and crafters from throughout the United States. Regional artists are also featured, including Henry Neubig of Baton Rouge, whose mud paintings depict the state’s natural beauty. Creating pigments from Louisiana’s alluvial soils, Neubig uses his color palette to paint the state’s landscapes, birds and flowers.
Other artists and artisans display and sell photography, jewelry, clothing, furniture and stained glass, highlighting fall and Christmas, as well as New Orleans Saints and LSU Tiger sporting pieces.
There is also a wide array of Southern and Cajun cuisine to sample, including the plantation’s own mint juleps. Try a taste of delicious red beans and rice, gumbo, jambalaya, crawfish and more.
The festival also has activities for youngsters, including a petting zoo, face painting and jewelry making. Also, tours of the home — which was completed in 1839 — are available. Home tour prices are $15 for adults and $4.50 for children 6-18. Children 5 and under are admitted free.
Admission to the festival is $5 for those 10 and older and free for guests 9 and younger.
Oak Alley is located at 3645 La. Hwy 18 in Vacherie. From Fort Polk, take La. Hwy 10 to Interstate 49 South, then Interstate 10 East to Exit 187 (U.S. Hwy 61). Go about 9 miles and turn right onto La. Hwy 3213 South to Vacherie. In Vacherie turn left onto La. Hwy 18. The trip takes about three hours and 30 minutes.
For more information on Oak Alley, visit www.oakalleyplantation.com.