July 3, 2018
Festival Spotlight: EatLafayette Festival
Posted by: Mae Mayeux
There is always something to celebrate in Louisiana. No matter what time of year you visit, you are likely to find a fun and unique festival to attend while you’re here. To honor our state’s joyful spirit, we are starting a new blogging series where we will highlight a different local festival every month, starting this month with the EatLafayette Festival.
Lafayette is located in the heart of Cajun country. With its fresh seafood and diverse range of flavors, Lafayette is one of the South’s best food cities. It has even been named a Top Food City by Rand McNally, Southern Living, and AAA Southern Traveler. In the past several years, an impressive crop of homegrown chefs have been putting their own inventive spin on classic Cajun dishes, updating and modernizing the cuisine while staying true to its roots. The festival is a highly anticipated chance for chefs from around the city to showcase their latest culinary creations while also serving up classic Cajun fare.
The EatLafayette Festival is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the city’s rich culinary life. The festival lasts from June all the way to September, giving gourmands from across the state and country plenty of time to eat up everything Lafayette has to offer. The festival combines food-related events with a variety of specials and deals at over 100 participating restaurants. Visit one of the festival’s many participating restaurants and they will throw in a free or heavily discounted menu item, such as free beignets, half-off appetizers, $8 fish platters, or $3 margaritas. You can view the full list of deals on the festival website.
Whether you are in the mood for high-end dining or a cheap lunch at a local hole-in-the-wall, you will find something to satisfy your taste buds at EatLafayette. A food festival in the heart of Cajun country means you’ll be eating a lot of gumbo, boudin sausage, jambalaya, and crawfish, but there will be plenty of opportunities to sample other cuisines while you’re here. Lafayette is also home to enough Cuban, Mexican, French, Indian, Italian and American eateries to keep all taste buds happy.
“Work Hard, Play Hard” is the unofficial motto of Lafayette, so you will find countless exciting things to do when you aren’t gorging yourself at the festival. Lafayette is well-known for its nightlife, which ranges from hip cocktail bars to blues clubs. You can also spend time shopping, hanging out in cafes, touring the impeccably preserved Acadian Village, or visiting local history museums. There is even a museum dedicated entirely to Tabasco sauce located nearby. For the more adventurous, consider taking a swamp wildlife tour, paddling through the scenic Bayou Vermilion, or exploring the beautiful Cypress Island Nature Preserve at Lake Martin.
The EatLafayette Festival is the perfect excuse to visit this charming city and eat some delicious food along the way. While you’re there, consider one of the Louisiana Bed & Breakfast Association properties in the area for a warm and welcoming place to lay your head after a fun-filled day of eating and exploring.
Planning a trip to Lafayette this summer? Book a stay at one of the Louisiana Bed & Breakfast Association's many wonderful properties in the heart of Cajun Country.