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Going to this festival this coming weekend in nearby Lafayette. Any tips on what to eat, what to avoid, and nearby places that might be fun? Staying downtown...

Also, is this free? Can't seem to find any ticket info.

http://www.festivalsacadiens.com/

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  1. It looks like they have a number of new food vendors this year. These are a few that I've had in the past and are very good:

    Bon Creole - crawfish spinach boat
    Pouparts - shrimp friant and crawfish pistolette
    Creole Lunch House - stuffed bread (these things are awesome)

    Downtown has plenty of restaurants and bars. Recommended:

    Restaurants - Pamplona, Zeus, Agave', Dwyer's, Guama's, Tsunami

    Bars - Blue Moon Saloon, Antler's, Artmosphere, Filling Station, Lounge, Grant Street Dancehall, Legend's, Marley's

    And yes, the festival is free.

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    1. re: BayouTeche

      Yes, yes and yes on Bayou's response. Bring a chair. Bring an ice chest of water (buy beer there). Bring a bandana/scarf as it gets very dusty. Go hungry. Try everything.

      Downtown Alive! on Friday night to get things started....Zachary Richard playing...

      http://www.lafayettedowntown.org/

    2. Try to make it to Riverside Inn, if you have a free meal. Also, go to Poupart's and buy something, anything. It's an excellent bakery.

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      1. re: N.O.Food

        Get the Napoleons or the chocolate-filled eclairs at Poupart's if you go there!

        1. re: cajungirl

          Or the dark-chocolate dipped florentines.

          1. re: Hungry Celeste

            Their king cakes are my favorite in all of Louisiana. Their take-and-bake savory stuff is good, also.

            Man I miss Poupart's, cheap blue plate lunches, and cajun meat markets. Wish we had more of that here.

      2. Thanks everyone for your suggestions- guess we are going to arrive Friday night, and will have a fun weekend!

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        1. re: Clarkafella

          Dying to find out how you enjoyed yourself, where you ate (at) etc......

          1. re: Melpomene

            We had a blast- both at the festival, and in the area. Saturday we just drove around the area- started the morning off at Cafe Des Amis (sp) for bloody Marys, breakfast and dancing, then drove around and ended up at a place called Pat's in Hendersonville(?).

            That evening, we went downtown- had appetizers at a cuban place, then did a late dinner at Agave, then went to 5 or 6 clubs...

            Next "morning" (well, it was actually afternoon), we went to brunch at the Blue Dog Cafe, then did the festival. Don't remember the name of any of the booths- but did get boudin and cracklins at the place that is famous for it, had some meat pies and a few other things.

            That night we went to Prejeans, and ended it the next morning with a side trip to Scott, LA to pick up some smoked boudin, some cracklins, pork tasso, and some andouille.

            I can honestly say that we didn't have a bad meal the entire time!

            1. re: Clarkafella

              My friend and I went down to Festival Acadiens this year and had a blast! This is a free festival in Girard Park in Lafayette, LA, and there is always good music, good food and good fun! I did a video blog of this day. We got to eat an Alligator po-boy and a mini king cake! Both Delicious! Here's the video:

              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3aZjj...

              1. re: Clarkafella

                I guess I missed this thread before I left for New Orleans (from SF area). Went up to Lafayette for the Festival on Saturday. I think the Cracklin and boudin stand was Charlie T's. I also had a bag of cracklin - mighty tasty. I also give a big thumbs up to the shrimp and grits that Cochon was serving. Music was really great - I caught the Atelier tent set where Bruce Daigrepont was playing with a trio from Canada along with a Louisiana fiddler (female) who was really outstanding - sorry I did not catch her name but it sounded as if she plays a lot with Bruce and other groups.

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                930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130