Natchitoches’ downtown riverbank stage was the place to be Thursday, April 21, as the Chamber of Commerce continued its popular CRAVE event, now in its 7th year of bringing the local business community, civic leaders and citizens together for fun and networking. This year’s event was the “Carnival Edition” featuring 12 teams vying for the best carnival style cuisine bragging rights. The festive crowd filled the stage as they went from booth to booth, sampling and voting for their favorites. The 12 businesses and organizations participating in the competition displayed some notable ingenuity. From deep fried mac ‘n’ cheese to meatpies and cotton candy burritos there was something for even the most adventurous palate.
The night’s festivities were about more than having fun however. The event is held to raise money for the Chamber of Commerce’s initiatives such as the A+ coalition dedicated to improving the quality of education in our community, Natchitoches Young Professionals and the Natchitoches Leadership Institute. The much loved Crave events are part of the Chamber of Commerce’s efforts to bring the local community together, have fun, and build a better Natchitoches Parish.