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BLEND: The biggest party on the river

The Granddaddy of arts fundraising events in northeast Louisiana is returning, but in a new space and with a brand new vibe! Blend of the Bayou has enjoyed immense success since its beginning in 1997 and is the foundation for our new event, BLEND. Imagine an event where the classic Blend of the Bayou is "blended" with our popular North Delta Food & Wine Festival while paying homage to many classic Blend of the Bayou elements.

Barry Stevens of the Northeast Louisiana Council said, "BLEND is a blend of Blend of the Bayou, which is about a 25-year-old event, and our North Delta food and wine festival. We took both of those, merged them together, and came up with BLEND."

BLEND will be held this year in Downtown Monroe at the River Market on Sunday, May 1 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., in cooperation with the City of Monroe. This block party on the river featuring local men and women who cook, local favorite restaurant chefs, live music, drinks by local sponsors, and a silent auction of area artists' works is set to be the top fundraising event of the year. Awards will be given to “Best of Blend – Restaurant” & “Best of Blend – Home Cook”. Ticket proceeds benefit the Arts Council of Northeast Louisiana's programs and services.

Chefs and sponsors are still being accepted at this time. Visit the BLEND page below to find out more.

Tickets are on sale now! General Admission tickets are $65 and VIP tickets are $100. 318Club and above members will receive a special discount on their ticket purchase (limits apply). To receive that discount code, please call 318.397.6717 or email