Iberia Travel Blog
The history of African Americans in Iberia Parish (formerly part of the Attakapas district) dates back to the 18th century. The mission of the Iberia African American Historical Society is to foster the appreciation, understanding, and teaching of the long, rich, and unique history of African Americans in Iberia Parish; and also, by example and through programs and activities, to encourage and promote research, preservation, and publication of historical materials.
Plan your summer 2020 adventure and experience these 9 great outdoor activities in Iberia Parish—by land or water.
By: Brittany Racca COVID-19. By April 2020, there wasn't a source of media in Iberia Parish and the world that didn't encompass those words in some type of coverage. Lives changed overnight and we’re still not sure how life will look post pandemic. Milestones such as weddings and graduations were postponed or cancelled, and home became our sanctuary. The pace of life slowed down allowing time for families to reconnect. More people had time to relax, reset and rediscover hobbies they loved that they never made time for.
Fun virtual experiences to beat the quarantine boredom blues.
Shadows-on-the-Teche is taking their Plein Air Competition online this year!
Page that will have the most up to date information on Covid-19 openings/closures of Iberia Parish attractions and restaurants offering curbside pickup/online orders, as well as health, business and industry resources.
Making an anticipated return, the "Dave's Haunts & Jaunts" bus tour departs once more this year to traverse the New Iberia of James Lee Burke's famed novels. For those Robicheaux lovers who really want to see the area through Dave's eyes, the Books Along the Teche Literary Festival (April 3-5) is offering a guided tour to some of the real-life versions of key places in the detective's world.
Tickets are now on sale for the official Books Along the Teche Literary Festival to be held April 3-5, 2020, in New Iberia with featured Great Southern Writer, Osha Gray Davidson, author of "The Best of Enemies."
There will be 30 artists to participate in Shadows-on-the-Teche 2020 Plein Air Painting Competition. Read about everything the event has to offer.
When the holidays are over, or you just need a vacation from your vacation, discover some world renowned attractions right in your own backyard. A New Iberia staycation is the fun you need to explore your hometown and with so much to look forward to in the new year we gathered a few for you to enjoy today, or plan for tomorrow.
The Books Along the Teche Literary Festival, Celebrating New Iberia, Dave Robicheaux’s Hometown, and Great Southern Writers (April 3-5, 2020) is proud to announce that Osha Gray Davidson will be the featured Great Southern Writer on April 4, in downtown New Iberia.
By: Brittany Racca
The Iberia African American Historical Society (IAAHS) will host a free community-wide symposium in recognition of the 75th anniversary of the 1944 incident that resulted in the violent expulsion of all Iberia Parish’s black doctors and leaders of the local NAACP chapter.
With all these exciting events, the holidays are a wonderful time to visit the South’s merriest North Pole, Iberia Parish this November and December.
The World Championship Gumbo Cookoff is embarking on its 30th year in New Iberia, and we’ve been hard at work perfecting the recipe for the perfect event in the south. Guest blogger Avery Grubb spoke with early participant (and winner of mulitple Gumbo Cookoffs) Kernis Louviere, legendary musician Chubby Carrier and past board member Bart Folse to discuss the beginnings of the festival and why it remains a cultural staple in our area.
Think you know everything about the World Championship Gumbo Cookoff? What about why it was formed, or what it takes to make it in the festival business? The Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce's Public Relations & Marketing manager, Terry Dugas, gave us and our readers an insight into the yearly cookoff, what goes into planning such a large event and his favorite flavor of gumbo.
Cane River Pecan celebrated 50 years of operation in 2019. Read up on how the business got started and stayed relevant in the changing times.
As Director of the Twin Parish Port District, and Delcambre Direct Seafood, Wendell Verret is well known throughout the region. In July, Louisiana Seafood News asked him about one of the newest ventures he's directing, Louisiana Direct Seafood Shop, the e-commerce site where many in the Delcambre Direct fishing community sell their seafood online.
Every year, on the second weekend in October, the world’s passionate gumbo-lovers gather to celebrate this delicious hearty soup at the World Championship Gumbo Cookoff. Ninety-plus teams compete for the title of best gumbo in the world. Here is the winning seafood gumbo recipe from 2013.
September at Shadows-on-the-Teche is full of preparations for its partnership with the Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival for Farm Fest, Shadows Community Day and a special Sugar Tour!