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 www.meatpiefestival.com, there will be a “lotta, hotta meatpies, music & more.” This year marks the return of the tethered hot air balloon rides. On Friday from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm, 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.
Friday’s (Sept. 20, 2019) Schedule of Events
5:00 pm – Gates Open
5:30 – 7:30 PM – IF THEY ASK BAND
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM BREWFEST – This free event is open too anyone 21 and over. IDs will be checked. Sponsored Glazier Distributing.
7:30 PM – 10:00 PM – Live Entertainment-AMERICAN PETTY – with Stevie Nicks Tribute by LEIGH ANNE BRAMLETT. American Petty was formed out of their love for the man, the myth and now the legend Tom Petty.
Fireworks on the water intermittently during Petty/Nicks Performances
Saturday’s (Sept. 21, 2019) Schedule of Events
LIVE ENTERTAINMENT NOON – 10:00 PM with music celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Summer of 1969!
BALLOON RIDES, CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES, FOOD VENDORS, ARTS & CRAFTS
10:00 AM OPENING CEREMONY & ‘RIVER RUN’ MOTORCYCLE RIDE REGISTRATION
12:00 PM ‘RIVER RUN’ 20th ANNIVERSARY RIDE BEGINS
12:00 PM – IF THEY ASK BAND
2:00 PM – CLIFTON CHOCTAW BAND
4:00 PM – FRONT COVER BAND
5:30 PM – MOONDOGS BAND
8:00 PM – BAD MOON RISING-Tribute to Creedence Clearwater Band
9:30 PM – FIREWORKS OVER CANE RIVER LAKE
In conjunction with the Meat Pie Festival, The Independent Motorcycle Riders of Natchitoches invites all motorcyclists to ride the 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 10:00 am 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 the biggest parties in the city next to the Christmas Lights.