Guide to the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival

During the peak of strawberry season, Ponchatoula — the Strawberry Capital of the World — hosts an all-out party for the juicy fruit.

Ponchatoula Strawberries

You won't taste anything as sweet as a Ponchatoula strawberry.

Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival
Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival

There is so much fun (and so many strawberries to eat!) at the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival.

Carnival Rides at the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival in Louisiana

Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival in Louisiana.

Enjoy the freshest, sweetest berries at the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival.

Have a berry good time at the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival.

When is the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival?

Each April, the town of Ponchatoula puts on the state’s largest free festival in honor of the beloved strawberry at Ponchatoula Memorial Park. 

What You Need to Know

Festival Facts

The festival is held each April at Ponchatoula’s Memorial Park and North Sixth Street. In addition to rides and live music, Friday night's events will introduce the crowd to the Strawberry Royalty followed by live music. Saturday’s events include the parade, a strawberry eating contest, live music and more. And Sunday wraps up the event with carnival rides, food and live music to close out the day.

You’ve Gotta Try

As you’d expect, the festival’s food booths feature a variety of strawberry dishes. A popular choice is the strawberry shortcake, made with fresh local berries. Another popular item has been the deep-fried strawberries. They’re dipped in what’s described as a beignet batter, deep-fried and dusted with sugar. Sample the cinnamon-flavored ones too.

Belly Up for a Berry-Eating Contest

A Louisiana festival isn’t complete without some sort of eating contest. Strawberry lovers can compete to see who can eat a pint of strawberries the fastest. Entrants are required to eat the entire berry to win, including the stem. Don't miss the two eating contests held on Saturday and Sunday.

Strawberry Souvenirs

Don’t leave without taking home some of the area’s favorite fruits. You’ll find local growers selling their crop along the festival’s Farmers Row throughout the weekend.

If You Want to Pick-Your-Own

Can’t make it to the festival or want to treat your family to a pick-your-own strawberry farm? Nearby Livingston Parish offers a few options, including Mrs. Heather’s Strawberry Patch and Landry-Poche Strawberry Farm.

Learn more about the events and festival details at the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival's website.