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Festivals Acadiens et Créoles in Lafayette

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Lafayette: Festive Events, Authentic Flavors

By: Samantha Crespo

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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.

April

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.

Louisiana Hot Sauce Exposition: With its proximity to the Tabasco Pepper Sauce Factory, Lafayette is a natural gathering place for hot sauce makers and fans. Meet them – and taste products from fiery pepper blends to barbecue sauces – at this expo.

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.

In Lafayette, culinary events commonly showcase live local music and the area’s flavorful food traditions.
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Denny Culbert

May

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.”

Taste myriad preparations of crawfish at the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival to understand why the town is nicknamed the “Crawfish Capital of the World.”
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Denny Culbert

June

EatLafayette: This month-long 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.

EatLafayette is your invitation to explore any of the more than 90 locally owned eateries.

EatLafayette is your invitation to explore any of the more than 90 locally owned eateries.
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July

Gulf Brew: Sample from a lineup of more than 100 craft brews. Add food trucks and live music, and it’s easy to make a night of this event.

Sample from more than 100 different craft brews at the Gulf Brew festival in July.

Sample from more than 100 different craft brews at the Gulf Brew festival in July.
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October

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.

Boudin Cook-Off: 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.

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.

Ongoing

Acadiana Farmers' Market: On Tuesday and Saturday, shop this treasure trove of locally grown vegetables, fruits and herbs.

E's Kitchen Food Truck Round Up: Gather around for live music, wine tasting and a delicious variety of food trucks the first Saturday of each month.

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.

Saturdays, visit the Lafayette Farmer's and Artisan Market for ready-to-enjoy favorites and foodie souvenirs.
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Getting There

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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