The culture of Lafayette is accented with flavorful food traditions and anytime celebrations.
There’s no better way to marry the two than at a culinary event, where those unique flavors – often accompanied by the sounds of live zydeco and Cajun music – come to life. Time your visit with any of these.
Annual Scott Boudin Festival: As zydeco beats swirl around you, sample boudin any way. This Cajun specialty traditionally combines pork and rice into a savory sausage, but at this festival, you might sample shrimp, crawfish or alligator varieties.
Festival International de Louisiane: Over five days, shop the world market and fine arts booths, listen to live music and indulge: Food vendors serve Lafayette specialties from boudin to crawfish, and a beer garden features local brews.
In Lafayette, culinary events commonly showcase live local music and the area’s flavorful food traditions.
Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival: Enjoy three days of concerts, cooking demonstrations and a spectacular offering of crawfish, from zesty boiled preparations to aromatic étouffées, in the “Crawfish Capital of the World.”
Taste myriad preparations of crawfish at the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival to understand why the town is nicknamed the “Crawfish Capital of the World.”
Boudin Cook-Off & Acadiana Bacon Fest: Amid live music, children's activities and a cook-off, purchase a sample ticket to savor variations on this Cajun staple, from hearty links to golden-fried boudin balls.
Festivals Acadiens et Créoles: When Lafayette honors its cultural heritage, the celebration can’t be contained. This four-day event is best described as several fests in one, with showcases for music, crafts and food. Try a fresh seafood platter or saucy crawfish enchiladas.
Gulf Brew: Sample from a lineup of more than 200 beers. Add food trucks and live music, and it’s easy to make a night of this event.
South Louisiana Black Pot Festival & Cook-Off: Your festival admission includes free samples at the cook-off, where locals compete in categories like gumbo. This local stew blends any combination of fresh seafood, chicken and sausage into a flavorful roux.
Sample from more than 200 different beers at the Gulf Brew festival in October.
Acadiana Farmers' Market: On Tuesday and Saturday, shop this treasure trove of locally grown vegetables, fruits and herbs.
EatLafayette: This ongoing celebration invites you to try fare from any of Lafayette’s 90-plus locally owned eateries, a mix of veteran restaurants that specialize in fresh seafood and home-style plate lunches, and new-generation spots where homegrown chefs experiment with global and modern flavors.
Hub City Farmers' Market: Discover organic and heirloom produce, plus artist markets every first and third Saturday.
Lafayette Farmers' and Artisan Market: On Saturdays, roam the grounds of a historic horse farm, where farmers and artisans offer ready-to-enjoy favorites, including cold-pressed juice and kettle corn.
Saturdays, visit the Lafayette Farmers' and Artisan Market for ready-to-enjoy favorites and foodie souvenirs.
Centrally located within hours of major Louisiana cities like Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Lafayette is a convenient hub for exploring the southeast. The city is serviced by the Lafayette Regional Airport offering flights to major domestic destinations with connection service to points around the globe; flying in and out couldn’t be easier.
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