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A tasty community event returns

A Taste of Blanchard

  • Joel Rodgers

Sometimes I feel my favorite two times of the day are lunchtime and dinnertime, and if you’re like me, you’ll love an event that’s returning to Blanchard. It’s Taste of Blanchard, an annual community event with a chili, chicken, rib, and bbq cook-off!

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Taste of Blanchard also offers so much more, because arts and craft vendors, and local performing cheer/dance groups will also be at this 4th annual event.

The Taste of Blanchard Facebook page says this, “A Taste of Blanchard, sponsored by Donnie Bickham Middle School, is celebrating its fourth year. This community event showcases local arts, crafts, entertainment and cooks. The day begins at 9:00 a.m. with a chili and rib cook-off. Chili cooks can enter a CASI division or local contest. Local cooks may also enter a bean cook-off. Rib cooks can enter a national or local contest. There will be 50+ arts and crafts vendors. Local cheer and dance groups will also perform throughout the day.”

Overall the event sounds like a great way to spend a Saturday morning. It offers food, entertainment, crafts, vendors, and so much more.



Joel Rodgers

Joel Rodgers joined in January 2018 as a reporter/journalist. Prior to joining our team, Joel spent the previous 5 years as a morning show reporter, entertainment reporter, and sports reporter for a local television station. At 6’5”, he's the tallest reporter in the history of Shreveport, but it’s more than just his height that makes this Shreveport native stand out. His editing skills combined with his love for storytelling makes for a creative and talented addition to the RealShreveport team. After attending and graduating from Evangel Christian Academy, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern State University. Joel is very active in the Shreveport community having won several competitions in recent years. In 2017, he danced his way to victory in the annual Susan G. Komen event, “Dancing for the Cure." He’s also won the “Mudbug Madness” Crawfish eating contest in back-to-back years and was named the top celebrity chef at the “Louisiana Food Prize” cooking competition. If you have a story idea, news tip, or just want to say "hey" - you can do so by emailing Joel Rodgers at

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