This weekend’s Festivals Acadiens et Creoles (FAeC) is set to kick off with four days of Cajun and Creole music and culture celebrations. On Friday the thirteenth, the Bayou Food Festival begins and will continue through Sunday as the food component of FAeC. Many festival goers look forward to their favorite offerings all year, while still discovering new tasty treats with each visit. Prepare yourself for a weekend of immersion in all things Cajun and Creole and be sure to bring your appetite. Whether you’re a FAeC veteran or a first timer, don't miss these Bayou Food Festival favorites.

Festivals Acadiens et Créoles Food
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Savory Options

Bon Creole Seafoods, Inc.

For many, FAeC isn’t a festival without the obligatory Crawfish and Spinach Boat ($9) from Bon Creole Seafoods. It’s delicious, highly sharable, and iconic. Grab plenty of napkins and extra spoons so your friends can help you finish it. Or don’t.

Bon Creole also has Red Beans and Rice, Shrimp Poboys, and Chicken and Waffles.

Fezzo’s

Fezzo’s, the Scott based boiled crawfish destination, offers what has become a staple of festival food in Acadiana: Fried Catfish topped with Seafood Étouffée. This dish combines two Cajun classics and is priced at $8. They also offer the Étouffée atop a Fried Crab Cake.  If your festivaling with children, this may be the stop for you as Fezzo’s also offers Corn Dogs with Fries.

Poupart’s

Everyone’s favorite local bakery brings big flavor to FAeC with their Crawfish Pistollette ($6), Spinach and Artichoke Bread Bowl ($7), and of course pastries like Chocolate Eclairs and Cookies ($2). Early risers can also find these fine folks serving Beignets ($4) and Coffee.

Cajuns Limited Concessions

These folks know how festival food works. They offer Shrimp ($6) and Alligator ($7) on a stick, making dreams of eating, dancing, and holding your drink come true. They also offer a Blumin’ Onion and Cajun Chips.

Acadian Superette

New this year, and fresh off an impressive runner-up finish at a recent Plate Lunch festival, is Toby Rodriguez and his Acadian Superette plate lunch offerings. They’ll have Fried Chicken and Smothered Pork options for $7 each.

Geauxsicles Gourmet Ice Pops
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Sweet Options

Several vendors will have the cure for your sweet tooth cravings. Among them are these Lafayette favorites:

Carpe Diem Gelato - Espresso Bar

Four flavors of Gelato at $5 each

Geauxsicles Gourmet Ice Pops

Imaginatively flavored popsicles at $5 each

Karmacarons

Vegan and allergy friendly macarons in a variety of flavors, 5 for $10

Festivals Acadiens et Créoles Culture Sur La Table
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Culture Sur La Table

On Saturday and Sunday, beginning around lunchtime and continuing through the afternoon, Chef Colt Patin is hosting a series of Cajun and Creole cooking demonstrations by local chefs.  Sure to be as informative as they are delicious, the demos will cover topics like the origin of classic Cajun and Creole dishes (think Paella vs. Jambalaya) and will also demonstrate the creation of local favorites like Boudin, Crawfish Étouffée, and Alligator Sauce Piquant.

If you’ve ever wanted to see your favorite local chefs mic’d up and live on stage, see below for festival schedule and stop by Culture Sur La Table and learn something delicious.

Saturday, October 14

11:45 – 12:30
Good Eats Kitchen: Chef Jacob Hamilton

12:45 – 1:30
La. Culinary Institute: Chef Michael Ciuffetti – Jambalaya vs Paella

1:45 – 2:30
Cochon Cannery: Chef Dustie Latiolais

2:45 – 3:30
TBD

3:45 – 4:30
LA 31: Karlos Knott / Cajun Cooking and Beer Pairing

Sunday, October 15

12:00 – 12:45
BoudinLink: Traditional Boudin and Creative Uses

1:00 – 1:45
Cajun Culinary Roots: Chef Colt Patin of Louisiana Culinary Institute: Alligator Sauce Piquant

2:15 – 3:30
Chef Jude Huval of Pat’s of Henderson: Crawfish Etouffée

3:45 – 4:30
Grillin with the Guru