June 11 and 12 the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival, the Louisiana Seafood Festival and the Creole Tomato Festival coincide to form the mighty triumvirate of fun called the New Orleans Vieux To Do. All are located in the French Quarter. Food vendors, a crafts fair and three stages of music are offered.
Starting at 11 a.m. and going until 7 p.m. on both days, some of our locals featured to perform are Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, The Lost Bayou Ramblers, Roddie Romero & the Hub City Allstars, Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet, Nathan Williams & the Zydeco Cha Chas and Horace Trahan & the Ossun Express among others. The Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival will take place at the old U.S. Mint.
The Creole Tomato Festival happens a few steps down in the French Market. Why celebrate a tomato? This fruit is the biggest differentiation between Cajun and Creole cooking. If you have ever been in New Orleans for a gumbo only to make plans for the exit when your pal adds a bunch of stewed tomatoes to the roiling pot, don't hold it against them. That's just the difference several bridges have made between us and them.
The Louisiana Seafood Festival of 2011 is, of all years, some serious business. Louisiana's seafood reputation has been tarnished due to no fault of the fisherman and it is still delicious seafood that needs to be celebrated. Bywater Bar-B-Que will be there offering up an oyster and artichoke florentine and shrimp remoulade stuffed tomato; Vaucresson's Sausage Company will have Creole hot sausage po'boy and Creole crawfish sausage po'boy; Brocatos's Eat Dat has shrimp and roasted corn cheese grits, Cajun shrimp and crawfish etoufee and shrimp remoulade wraps, and there are more but to write about them is torture to the tastebuds and tummy.
It's all free, so if you feel like a roadtrip consider this a great option.
The Lafayette City-Parish Council on Tuesday will vote on a resolution that if approved would clear the way for a December ballot proposition asking voters to approve a 1-cent sales tax parishwide to help fund the construction of a new terminal at Lafayette Regional Airport.
His company bankrupt and being liquidated, the Lafayette businessman’s financial troubles are mounting.
Jefferson Street Pub continues its generous tradition with its 4th Annual Festival Preview Party this Thursday featuring Big Sam’s Funky Nation.
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The Louisiana House overwhelmingly rejected a repeal of the state's unconstitutional anti-sodomy law Tuesday.
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Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday, April 16, 2014:
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Acadian rep notifies would-be supporters that an April 25 fundraiser for the embattled U.S. rep won’t go on as planned.
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