Enjoy dancing and live music by the Potluck Band, and get to know the locals in this friendly, French-speaking community. Cost of admission is the contribution of a side dish for the party. Stop by the local grocer for freshly baked bread or boudin.
7pm-11pm every third Friday
1510 Courtableau Road (LA 93 East), Arnaudville
BAYOU TECHE BREWING
Bayou Teche Brewing is one of Louisiana’s leading microbreweries, with ales designed to pair with the area’s local cuisine. Open 7 days a week, you can sample these ales in the taproom or take a tour of the brewery in English or French. Kick up your heels every Saturday with live Cajun and zydeco music or stop by on Sunday to observe or take part in a jam session and a game of Bourré, a locally popular trick-taking card game.
Snack while you shop at The Kitchen Shop. Chef Nancy is famous for her pastries, including sweet dough pies, scones, cookies, crawfish pies, and especially Gateau Na Na, a pecan tart. The shop also has a great selection of specialty wines, dip mixes, cooking ware, and Louisiana themed gifts.
Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm | Sunday 1pm-5pm
296 Martin Luther King Drive, Grand Coteau
Tour the spice house responsible for local favorites including Zydeco Chop Chop, Slap Ya Mama, Cajun Blast, and Tipsy Chicken. Make your own blend and have it packaged with your own label. What a great souvenir!
Try a traditional, folded sweet dough pie at this family run business with 50 years of experience. All pies are made with natural ingredients and served warm and fresh. Favorites include yam, coconut, apple, lemon, fig, and strawberry.
The legendary Billy’s Boudin & Cracklin serves a variety of boudin, including crawfish boudin, as well as boudin balls, some stuffed with pepper jack cheese. And don’t forget to try their delicious cracklins! Tip: they’ll also ship boudin and cracklins to your door!
Visit Louisiana’s largest meat processing facility and don’t forget to bring your ice chest! Specialty meats include alligator, stuffed chicken, lamb, tasso, sausage, crawfish tails, bacon, and all natural, grass-fed products from local farms. Boudin king cake available in season.
CAJUN COOKING AT JEAN LAFITTE NATIONAL PARK & PRESERVE - Prairie Acadian Cultural Center
This center focuses on sharing the history and cultural traditions of the Prairie Acadians, French-speaking farmers who settled in the area. Discover the secrets of Cajun cooking with a demonstration and tasting. Get there early for a quilting demonstration and live Cajun music and dance lessons.
Saturday 10am-6pm | Cooking Demo begins at 4pm
250 West Park Avenue, Eunice
RENDEZ-VOUS DES CAJUNS - The Liberty Theater
Tip: Work off the boudin and cracklins at The Liberty Theater’s weekly Rendez-vous des Cajuns. This live radio show, emceed in French and English, is on every Louisiana music fan’s bucket list. Every Saturday, in the Prairie Home Companion format, the show hosts a different Cajun, zydeco, or Creole music band. The show takes place every Saturday, immediately following the cooking demo.
Saturday 6-7:30pm | $5 admission
200 West Park Avenue, Eunice
PLAN YOUR TRIP TO CATCH THESE CULINARY FESTIVALS!
Gumbo Cook-off in Opelousas – last Saturday in January
Here’s the Beef Cook-off in Opelousas – first Sunday in March
World Championship Crawfish Etouffee Cook-off in Eunice – last Sunday in March, except when it
conflicts with Easter, then 2nd to last Sunday
Etouffee Festival in Arnaudville – last weekend of April
Sweet Dough Pie Festival in Grand Coteau – 4th Saturday in October
Cracklin Festival in Port Barre – 2nd weekend of November