Photos: Poche’, San Francisco plantations to hold fall festivals Photos: Poche’, San Francisco plantations to hold fall festivals Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Mark Anderson, owner of Poche' Plantation in Convent, talks about plans for a new fall festival. Advocate story June 21, 2014 Comments Festivals can’t be handed down like keepsakes, so when Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie recently decided to end its longtime arts-and-crafts event, it left a vacuum for the fourth weekend of October. Not any more. Two east bank Mississippi River plantations, Poché Plantation in Convent and San Francisco Plantation in Garyville, have announced plans to create their own new fall festivals, in the absence of Oak Alley’s, on the same weekend, Oct. 25-26 this year. While crafts vendors will have to choose between the two venues, the fourth weekend of October should provide a bonanza for shoppers who don’t mind traveling the 20 miles between Poché Plantation, on La. 44 (River Road) in St. James Parish and San Francisco Plantation, farther down River Road in St. John the Baptist Parish.