King cake season is Here, and there are traditional and creative varieties available across the region. Side-by-side tasting is possible at the annual King Cake Festival (www.kingcakefestival.org) in Champions Square at 10 a.m. Jan. 28. More than 20 bakeries and restaurants will serve slices of their cake for $1 each.
Participating king cake bakers include Buttermilk Drop Bakery, Bywater Bakery, Caluda's King Cakes, Cannata's, The Cocoa Bean Bakery and Cafe, Haydel's Bakery, Loretta's Authentic Pralines, Mr. Ronnie's Famous Hot Donuts, Nonna Randazzo's, Rouses, Winn-Dixie and others.
The music lineup features Big Sam's Funky Nation, John "Papa" Gros and Darcy Malone and the Tangle. There's also a fun run at 8:30 a.m. Festival proceeds benefit Ochsner Hospital for Children.