Louisiana

Boudin Cookoff

Oct. 19/Lafayette –  local beer, authentic boudin, Cajun music, and dancing begins in downtown Lafayette’s Parc Sans Souci at 10 a.m. Traditional Cajun boudin is a combination of pork sausage blended with rice and spices and stuffed into a natural casing. Sample the various recipes and vote for the favorite. This year, the festival is bringing a bacon cook-off to the table. The live music will be presented by The Specklers, Alligator Blue, and The Babineaux Sisters as well as special activities throughout the day. Festival admission is free, and attendees can purchase tickets to sample bacon and boudin prepared by both amateur and professional chefs around the state. Attendees can cast their vote for the best boudin and bacon until 3:30 p.m. and the winner will be crowned at 4 p.m.

Charter Fishing

Houma’s unique location near the Gulf of Mexico allows for one of the most diverse combinations of fishing found anywhere in the United States. Houma, Louisiana is a paradise with year-round fishing and incredibly-liberal limits. The fishing regions around Houma, and the incorporated towns of Cocodrie, Dulac, Pointe Aux Chenes, Bayou Dularge and Chauvin, are home to coastal fishing, inland fishing, deep sea fishing, swamp and fly fishing, rodeos and fishing tournaments. All in all, Southern Louisiana is a world-class fishing destination – with Houma the official gateway.

Taste America’s First Cocktail

Is it any surprise that America’s first cocktail, the Sazerac, was created in New Orleans, the city that loves to party? Back in 1838, Antoine Peychaud created the drink in a French Quarter bar and named it for his favorite French brandy, Sazerac-de-Forge et fils.

Explore the Plantations

Louisiana’s plantations offer a fascinating look at lifestyles of the past and a crucial period in the history of the United States. Many of the state’s amazing antebellum mansions remain intact, and are meticulously maintained and furnished with beautiful period pieces. Tour these majestic marvels and their manicured gardens along the Great River Road, and across south and central Louisiana, and learn more about life during an incredible era leading up to the Civil War. You can spend your day touring and even stay overnight at many of the properties. The experience is one you won’t forget!