Rouge et Blanc
SWLA's Premier Wine & Food Event will return October 30, 2021
PARKING & MAP
- Ham Reid Rd entrance only. Nelson Rd entrance will be closed to thru traffic.
- Paved parking on-site is reserved for patrons who purchased a VIP Parking Pass.
- Grass lot will be free festival-style parking. Limited spaces available to first in.
- Once the grass lot is full, an auxiliary lot is available at Trinity Baptist Church (1800 Country Club Rd), and shuttle service will be available.
- IMBIBE, DON'T DRIVE: Search Rouge et Blanc or Oak Crossing (5656 Nelson Rd) on Uber or Lyft rideshare services.
- Ride-share vouchers are available for pick-up from the event. Visit the main order table on-site at The Gazebo for info!
Banners staff is closely monitoring the continuing pandemic and are taking steps to host the safest event possible, in consideration of any and all health guidelines previously released.
Heading into the August 6 ticket day, we assure our patrons that Rouge et Blanc is moving forward, unless it cannot.
Though Rouge et Blanc is a non-refundable event, if we are mandated to cancel, or through any extenuating circumstances must cancel, ticketholders will have the option to donate their purchase to the Banners Series / McNeese Foundation or to request a refund by the date of event (October 30, 2021).
We are humbled and grateful that so many of our patrons, both businesses and individuals, have donated since March of last year, in support of the unique cultural and educational programming that Banners offers.
Stay safe, Lake Area. We look forward to sipping wine with you all again under the beautiful oaks at Oak Crossing.
A huge thank-you to all these essential supporters, sponsors, and champions of the Lake Area arts community!
Rouge et Blanc attracts thousands of food & wine lovers annually to enjoy the best the region has to offer.
The main event, sold out thirteen years running, is a four-hour tasting extravaganza.
2021 Imbiber Pre-sale begins July 5
Details and weblinks emailed to Imbiber patrons
2021 Red Ticket Day: August 6
Tickets will only be available online this year
Rouge et Blanc is made possible through the generosity of area sponsors, restaurants, wine vendors, expert presenters, and patrons. A group of community volunteers also make this annual event possible through their tireless work and dedication to celebrating culture and diversity in Southwest Louisiana.
Rouge et Blanc serves as the flagship fundraiser for Banners at McNeese State University, allowing for funding to the annual Cultural Series in March & April, as well as off-season educational components through the Banners Engages program.
- Imbibers: Purchase $250-$499 in wine (pre-tax) from the previous cycle of Rouge events.
- Imperial Imbibers: Purchase $500+ in wine (pre-tax) from the previous cycle of Rouge events.
- Access to two gold tickets during pre-sale.
- Large wine glass during Main Tasting
- VIP entrance
- Opportunity to purchase one VIP Parking Pass and VIP tables while supplies last
Rouge et Blanc 2019 - Downtown Lake Charles
Rouge et Blanc 2018 - McNeese State University
Lost or Stolen Tickets
Please treat your ticket as you would any other valuable or cash. Each ticket issued has a unique number, which is recorded by patron. The physical ticket is required for entrance. Once patron accepts receipt of physical ticket, Banners at McNeese is no longer responsible and cannot refund or replace the ticket.
We do not keep a waiting list. People will generally sell their tickets on our Rouge et Blanc Facebook page if their plans change.
What is Rouge et Blanc?
Rouge et Blanc is an event series and celebration of food and wine hosted annually by Banners at McNeese State University. This event is the flagship fundraiser for Banners, an arts and cultural program that serves the five-parish area in Southwest Louisiana.
Many wine experts and renowned area chefs volunteer to share their expertise with attendees. The Banners staff and community volunteers work hard to keep the wine dinners, seminars, and other events fresh and engaging each year.
How did Rouge et Blanc start?
The idea was born as a fundraiser to support the mission of Banners, which promotes lifelong learning and cultural diversity while enhancing the quality of life throughout Southwest Louisiana.
Lost in Transit
If your ticket was lost in postal transit, contact the Banners at McNeese office prior to the event. Because each ticket has a unique number, we will verify if that ticket is used at the event. We will require a credit card or alternate form of payment that will be processed only if that ticket number is used.
No One Under 21 Admitted
We do not allow anyone under the age of 21 on site. This means babies, toddlers, and teenagers. No exceptions.
What Should I Expect at the Grand Tasting?
Rouge et Blanc is an outdoor event. This is a tasting with each restaurant and wine vendor giving you a small sample of their best food and wine.
Rain or Shine
The Grand Tasting will occur regardless of the weather. Alternate plans are in place in case of adverse conditions.
Ticket holders will be notified via email of any updates.
Each patron who purchases $250 or more of wine (not including tax) at a qualifying Rouge et Blanc event becomes a member of the Imbiber program. The totals are compiled on a pre-tax basis under the name used on the order forms. Benefits include the opportunity to purchase two gold tickets to the following year's event.
More than 20 years later, Banners at McNeese State University continues to fulfill its initial mission - bringing the best of arts and humanities to Southwest Louisiana.