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Taste of Orleans Festival Returns to California's Great America July 14-15 & 21-22

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Taste of Orleans Festival Returns to California's Great America July 14-15 & 21-22

July 2, 2018

Cajun Food, Live Music And Décor In Great America’s ‘Orleans Place’

SANTA CLARA, CA – Taste of Orleans, a guest favorite at California’s Great America, is back for the third year. This festival celebrating Cajun cuisine and entertainment will once again bring the park’s Orleans Place area to life on Saturday & Sunday, July 14-15 and Saturday & Sunday, July 21-22. Taste of Orleans features savory and sweet Cajun specialties, in addition to live Orleans music and midway entertainment. To close the festival each evening, a fireworks show set to Cajun music will light up the sky. The event will be open to all Great America guests over two weekends.

Orleans cuisine available with a $30 tasting card includes gumbo with red beans and rice, crawfish etouffee in a puff pastry cup, Cajun meatballs, alligator bites, shrimp po’boys, king cake, beignets, praline bread pudding and more. Season Passholders receive a $5 discount on food tasting cards.

A $25 drink tasting card will also be available for guests of age 21 and over and will feature beer samples from New Orleans, including Abita Beer’s Purple Haze, Allagash Brewing Company’s Hibernal Fluxus and Bruery Terreux’s Take My Hand, among others.

“For the past two summers, our guests have enjoyed celebrating Orleans-style food and fun, which is why we’re so excited to bring this event back again in 2018,” said California’s Great America vice president and general manager Raul Rehnborg. “Whether you come for the gumbo or to ride our groundbreaking new single-rail coaster, RailBlazer, California’s Great America is the place to be for thrill seekers and food-festival fans alike.”

Chalk artists will decorate the midway with Mardi Gras murals throughout the festival, and there will be free mask decorating for kids 12 and under. Stilt-walkers and other Orleans entertainers will also interact with guests during the event.

To learn more about Taste of Orleans, purchase Season Passes or check operating hours, visit

About California’s Great America and Cedar Fair Entertainment Company
California’s Great America is a 100-acre theme and water park located in Santa Clara, Calif. As Northern California’s premier amusement park, featuring thrill rides, live entertainment, and the Boomerang Bay water park, California’s Great America is the top destination for thrill-seekers and families alike. California’s Great America is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN), a publicly traded partnership and one of the largest regional amusement-resort operators in the world. The Company owns and operates 11 amusement parks, two outdoor water parks, one indoor water park and four hotels. For more information, see