Meat Pie Mania

In the Ark-La-Tex, there’s no food that represents a community more than a Natchitoches Meat Pie. Every September, the city celebrates meat pie mania and throws one incredible party for the savory snack on the riverbank downtown. According to, there will be a “lotta, hotta meatpies, music & more.” This year marks the return of the tethered hot air balloon rides. On Friday from 6:00pm-8:00pm, adults can enjoy the Brew Fest and on Saturday everyone can watch the fireworks. The Meat Pie Eating Contest, demos, and Best Meat Pie Tasting Contest happens throughout Saturday. Best of all, it’s free admission!

The basic recipe of a meat pie combines ground pork, ground beef, onions, bell pepper, garlic, parsley, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. The official meat pie recipe can be found here.

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Friday’s (Sept. 14, 2018) Schedule of Events

5:00pm – Gates Open

5:30pm – Tethered hot air balloon rides

6:00pm – Brewfest begins (IDs will be checked) & the band “Ambush”

8:00pm – “Louisiana Leroux” performs

Saturday’s (Sept. 15, 2018) Schedule of Events

Noon – Clifton Swamp Band

2:00pm – Front Cover

4:00pm – Floyd Grigsby & 5K Band

5:30pm – Tethered hot air balloon rides

6:00pm – Bernie Alan Band

8:00pm – Bad Moon Rising (Creedence Clearwater Revival Tribute Band)

10:00pm – Fireworks


In conjunction with the Meat Pie Festival, The Independent Motorcycle Riders of Natchitoches invites all motorcyclists to ride the 19th Annual River Run. Travel through the Creole National Historic Park along Cane River Lake. Pass by centuries old plantations, winding roads and beautiful scenery. Registration starts at 10:00am on the Saturday of the festival and the run begins at Noon. For more info, click here.

Join in on the meat pie mania and come out to the Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival! It’s one of many events going on the city on the same weekend. See more at

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