Annual campaign includes over 200 locally-owned restaurants located throughout Lafayette Parish
The annual EatLafayette campaign by Lafayette Travel is back for its 16th year beginning June 22 and ending September 13. In response to the pandemic, EatLafayette has waved registration fees this year and opened submissions to all locally-owned restaurants in Lafayette Parish. At the launch of the campaign, there are more than 200 locally-owned restaurants to choose your next meal.
“In Lafayette, we come from a long line of can-do people. As restaurateurs and small business owners, my wife and I know all about challenges. The current challenge all restaurants are facing is unprecedented. The future of our food and culture is at stake,” says Ken Veron, owner and operator of Café Vermilionville and EatLafayette Advisory Board Chair. “Restaurants are coming back one by one, but we need you, the customers. We’ve served your families throughout the years and we’re asking for your help, now more than ever. Any time you look to dine out, please look to local first and EatLafayette,” continued Veron.
New this year, Feed the Envie Bingo will entice diners to visit participating restaurants for a chance to win big. Participants can download their printable bingo card at EatLafayette.com and choose Across or Down (5 restaurants), L Shape (10 restaurants), or go for Blackout (25 restaurants). Turn in your Feed the Envie bingo card and receipts with purchases of $10 or more, and one $20 purchase for Blackout participants, to 1100 Lafayette St. in Downtown Lafayette Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Receive your prize and automatically be entered to win one of our grand prizes which will be announced September 16.
“It’s an exciting year for EatLayette with so many new restaurants, a new promotional initiative, and of course, the continued support of our title sponsor Waitr,” explains Lafayette Travel President and CEO Ben Berthelot. “Part of what makes our area so attractive to visitors and locals is our diverse culinary scene. As a community, we must do everything we can to help these local eateries thrive. One easy way to do that is when you dine out choose to EatLafayette,” continued Berthelot.
The annual Taste of EatLafayette and Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off, which normally kicks off the annual campaign, has been rescheduled to August 25. EatLafayette is working with the Seafood Board and CAJUNDOME staff to ensure the event is not only successful but safe for our restaurants and attendees. Event details and tickets will be released in July.
EatLafayette thanks the many sponsors who have contributed to the campaign this year making it possible to waive registration fees for the restaurants: Waitr, Lafayette Consolidated Government, Lafayette Coca-Cola, LAMM Food Service, Schilling Distributing Company, Cajun Country Rice, Atmos Energy, The Acadiana Advocate, Townsquare Media, LUS Fiber, Cox, Lamar, KATC TV3, Delta Media, KLFY TV10 and KADN TV1.
EatLafayette is a summer-long celebration of Lafayette's local restaurants that takes place each year from June to September. Diners are treated to deals offered by some of the EatLafayette restaurants as well as culinary events throughout the campaign, including the Taste of EatLafayette™ in conjunction with the Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off. With over 200 locally-owned eateries ranging from Cajun, Italian, Mediterranean, Asian, BBQ, and everything in between, you can be sure there's something for everyone's taste buds.