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1 Nov 2018

Handcrafted Christmas – A Louisiana Holiday Gift-giving Guide


We’re here to make your holiday holly, jolly, and bright with this list of gift giving ideas and holiday celebrations. Hopefully, this guide to giving handcrafted gifts will alleviate some of the shopping stress and instead inspire and generate some excitement. This list is not only perfect for gift giving, but for tourists looking for a unique souvenir to take home. We promise to provide you with some ideas that will make any trip to St. Landry Parish, Louisiana unique and memorable.

Handcrafted Christmas – A Louisiana Holiday Gift-giving Guide2019-09-12T15:11:38-05:00
1 Nov 2018

Here’s the Dish on Cajun Saucer


Cajun Saucer Pizza is the newest expansion to Bayou Teche Brewing, a family owned and operated micro-brewery in Arnaudville, Louisiana. Over the last year, the brewery co-founder, Karlos Knott has been experimenting like a mad scientist with doughs and ingredients, formulating the perfect recipes for a new outdoor pizza kitchen.

Here’s the Dish on Cajun Saucer2019-09-12T15:11:38-05:00
1 Nov 2018

Sunset, Louisiana Sparks a New Art Walk


There’s been a revival in activities along Corridor des Arts – a trail that travels through rural communities from Cecilia to Sunset, Louisiana. Over the last decade, artists have settled into these communities and shaped the heart of every main street and downtown area through creativity and social events similar to the new art walk in Sunset. Through partnerships, the artists of Sunset host a semi-monthly event that celebrates the local arts community, the Uncorked Art Walk.

Sunset, Louisiana Sparks a New Art Walk2019-09-12T15:11:39-05:00
25 Sep 2018

Between the Seams: A Q&A with Artist, Megan Barra


New SLP logo, designed by Megan Barra If you’re a returning user, you may have noticed our new look. As a Tourist Commission we call ourselves a DMO, a fancy acronym for “destination marketing organization,” but really, we are in the business of storytelling. We wanted a logo that could tell our tale, a place with a long history of cultivators, music makers, and a “gumbo” of ethnicities and cultural identities. So, we hired the right woman for the job, local artist, Megan Barra. Megan is an [...]

Between the Seams: A Q&A with Artist, Megan Barra2019-09-12T15:11:39-05:00
24 Sep 2018

2018 Fall International Grand Heads to Cajun Country


The 2018 Fall Grand is one of two semiannual International Grand Hunts conducted by the Hunting Retriever Club, Inc. International Grand Hunt Committee at selected host HRC Club locations and this year it’s headed to Cajun country. The upcoming October 6-10, 2018 competition, hosted by the Cajun Retriever Club, will take place in and around the rural community of Grand Prairie, Louisiana.

2018 Fall International Grand Heads to Cajun Country2019-09-12T15:11:39-05:00
12 Sep 2018

Festival of Words 2018


On November 4, 2017--The Acadiana Writing Project partners with Festival of Words every year to sponsor the Festival of Words Youth Writing Contest. Hundreds of students in grades three through twelve from across Acadiana submitted poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction pieces.

Festival of Words 20182019-09-12T15:11:39-05:00
10 Sep 2018

Make Cajun Sweet Dough Pies Like a Pro


This authentic Cajun sweet dough pie recipe comes straight from the Sweet Dough Pie Capital of the World, Grand Coteau, Louisiana. Pastry chef, Nancy Brewer, was sweet enough to share her award-winning recipe and the secrets to a successful pie. Nancy is a trained chef and the owner of The Kitchen Shop in Grand Coteau. This beautiful town is noted for its magnificent trees that form alleys, groves, and gardens, but gains equal notoriety for this sweet treat. In fact, in the month of October, the whole town celebrates this [...]

Make Cajun Sweet Dough Pies Like a Pro2019-09-12T15:11:39-05:00
6 Sep 2018

Destinations amicales françaises


Lire en anglais Les traces du patrimoine français sont partout visibles dans la Paroisse St-Landry. Le guide touristique en français, les enseignes, journaux, et menus, les dictons de tous les jours, ainsi que nos noms de famille temoignent de ce passé et présent. Partout dans la paroisse, on entend fréquemment parler le français cadien et le français créole. Les programmes de radio tels que Bonjour Louisiane et Rendez-vous des Cajun sur KRVS et KBON sont émis en français. C’est en partie grâce aux efforts de la NUNU Arts & Culture Collective que le français louisianais [...]

Destinations amicales françaises2019-09-12T15:11:39-05:00
6 Sep 2018

French Friendly Destinations


Lire en français The evidence of our French heritage is everywhere you look in St. Landry Parish. From our visitor guide en français, signs, newspapers, and menus to everyday phrases and our surnames, French culture and language are on full display here. Throughout the parish, it’s very common to still hear both Cajun and Creole French being spoken today. Radio stations like KRVS and KBON feature programs such as Bonjour Louisiane and Rendez-vous des Cajun that are broadcast en français. Part of the effort to keep Louisiana French alive in the area is evident thanks to NUNU [...]

French Friendly Destinations2019-09-12T15:11:39-05:00
27 Aug 2018

Accordions are cool! SLPTC installs an art piece, instrumental to our culture.


The St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission (SLPTC) has installed a new art piece, the “Key of ‘C’ Accordion” kiosk. The kiosk is a unique concept that combines art, construction, design, and modern technology. It is an exciting addition to the center’s collection, which includes the Amédé Ardoin Commemorative. The accordion allows the user to explore CajunTravel.com and listen to a range of regional music genres including Cajun, Creole, and zydeco.

Accordions are cool! SLPTC installs an art piece, instrumental to our culture.2019-09-12T15:11:40-05:00