Iberia Travel Blog
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.
Guest Blog By: Jady Regard (Originally published on Cane River Pecan Company's website) Cane River Pecan is celebrating 50 years of operation in 2019. Before you attend the ribbon cutting of their Main Street store, 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!
The Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival returns for another year of fun, but before you pack the family into the truck and head over, there are a few questions you need to ask. We take a look at what visitors need to know to have a great time this September.
As one of Louisiana's main industries, sugar cane has a long history and its roots in Iberia Parish run deep. We take a look at the industry, production and the Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival and present you with 6 facts about sugar cane.
What are the shrimping seasons? Do you know what an otter trawl is? We take a look at the industry and the festival that honors it.
Fall Festivals are one of the best parts of the season. Read on for a quick guide to Iberia Parish's events and what to expect when you attend in the first of our "Quick Guide" series.
The City of New Iberia, along with COTR FILM, LLC, would like to announce that a Christmas movie being produced for the Lifetime Channel will be filmed right here in New Iberia. In addition, the name of the city the story takes place in will be New Iberia! This will be a great opportunity for our community and local businesses to gain exposure on a global level.
Lola Dubois, our recent French exchange student, visited Jefferson Island Rip Van Winkle Gardens for the first time and shares her experience at the gardens and what it was like to bike from downtown New Iberia all the way there.
Restaurant serving BBQ meats, soups, & seafood now open in downtown New Iberia
The recent Alex Malay Fashion Show at Avery Island's Jungle Gardens was a beautiful event with unique and gorgeous outfits. Our French interns Charlotte Pringot and Lola Dubois attended during their time in Iberia Parish, and Charlotte shared her experience in English and en francais.
There is no better time to visit New Iberia than 2019. New Iberia is celebrating its 240th anniversary and with so much fun things to do summer is the perfect time to visit. We’ve created this handy guide to help you plan how to use those PTO days in our area this summer.
Summer is here! We here in Iberia Parish, know all too well the pros and cons of Southern summers and we’re here to help make sure your trip is one to remember and not one to regret with a few tips and tricks to conquer the area like a local.
Prizes, photos and summer. Oh my! We’ve created the “Summer Daze” movement for locals and visitors to show us and the world their summer fun in Iberia Parish by submitting photos of their time here.
On a budget? Keep that hard earned cash, we got you covered! From enjoying the great outdoors to touring historical main streets, here are 15 free things you can do for fun in New Iberia and Iberia Parish.
The Iberia Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau will celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week May 5-11, 2019.
Classic cars and Cajun country = A fully revved weekend of fun
Every spring, more than 240 species of birds flock back to Iberia Parish. Waterfowl, roseate spoonbills and snowy egrets are just a few of the species of birds who call the Bayou Teche Corridor of the Atchafalaya Loop home, and there are numerous locations where they can be found.
The Louisiana Lao New Year Festival is one of the state's most culturally unique assets that draws crowds by the thousands each year. Lanexang Village, a small rural neighborhood of Iberia Parish turns into a vibrant festival ground with a global reach.
On Saturday, April 27, New Iberia will celebrate the 7th annual El Festival Español de Nueva Iberia. The focus and mission of the festival is to celebrate the 1779 founding of New Iberia by 16 Spanish families from Malaga, Spain.
Dragons will roam the earth again at the Acadiana Dragon Boat Races. Wess Robison guest blogs about the event and what it takes to tame these dragon riders.
Join the Shadows-on-the-Teche for the 2019 Plein Air Art Competition. See the participants and the numerous free events you can attend during March 9-16.
UL Lafayette's 2019 Symposium for the Books Along the Teche Literary Festival focuses on James Lee Burke's works and its representation of Louisiana politics in his novels.
The official Books Along the Teche Literary Festival: Celebrating New Iberia, Dave Robicheaux’s Hometown & Great Southern Writers will be held April 5-7, 2019, in New Iberia.
Coming Feb. 24 - April 6, 2019 to the Jeanerette Museum!
Looking for something sweet to do with your significant other this Valentine's Day? Read our suggestions for how to make this day, and every other one, special.
Check out locations you might've seen in your favorite movies and tv shows on the big (or small) screen.
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.
Celebrating Over 120 years Of Black Women Practicing Medicine in Louisiana (1897-2018)
Get ready to prepare the perfect Fall dishes for Halloween or just to celebrate the changing of the leaves. Either way, we'll tell you how to turn up the heat during the crisp days.
Did you know that the father of the famous Blue Dog paintings was born in New Iberia? Here are three more fun facts about George Rodrigue and his ties to New Iberia.
By: Brittany Racca Celebrate the Louisiana sugar cane industry Sept. 26-30, 2018 with parades, carnival, live Cajun and Zydeco music, car show, sugar cookery, photography, and artistry competitions, horticulture show, pageantry and more. View our blog for more information. From sugar cane to sugary tunes, the official Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival Spotify playlist has some of our favorite pop superstars and bubblegum anthems to celebrate the sweet fun of the oldest New Iberia festival.
With a new National Register Historic District Trail, business revivals, pocket parks like Church Alley and the George Rodrigue park under construction, as well as the fall unveiling of a state historical marker honoring Dr. Emma Wakefield-Paillet, New Iberia is working hard to honor the past as well as looking to improve its future.
Experience over 300 years of Iberia Parish history with the New Iberia Historic District Pass!
KATC's special GMA On the Road show is in Iberia Parish May 2018. Everyday KATC is highlighting the people and places that make Iberia unique.
Clementine on Main is back!
To celebrate 150 years of both Iberia Parish and Tabasco® brand Pepper Sauce, Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser will kick off his statewide tour on Avery Island on May 7 from 9-11 a.m. with a breakfast event at Restaurant 1868. Iberia Parish is partnering with the Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission to welcome the Lt. Gov. to the Acadiana region for the event.
By: Brittany Racca
Spice up your playlist with our hot favorites and celebrate 150 years of the world famous TABASCO® brand Pepper Sauce made right here on Avery Island in Iberia Parish!
TABASCO® sauce is a uniquely global brand not only for its ubiquity, but also for its versatility. The iconic red-capped bottle with the diamond label is sold in more than 185 countries and territories and labeled in 22 languages and dialects. This instantly recognizable pepper sauce is just as at home in main street diners, hole-in-the-wall dives and the finest dining establishments as it is in the home pantries, kitchen tabletops and handbags of food lovers all over the world. Read on to discover a few facts no one tells you about the famous hot sauce.
Lt.. Gov. Billy Nungesser recently unveiled the Atchafalaya Water Heritage Trail, which spans the 14 parishes in south-central Louisiana that are a part of the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area.
Enjoy the music of Teche Fest and Dave Robicheaux.
Shadows-on-the-Teche received a record number 61 applicants from 15 states and the Philippines for the Shadows-on-the-Teche Plein Air Painting Competition, now in its fourth year.
Love comes in many forms. The love of friends, family and a signifigant other and we're celebrating this Valentine's Day by capturing it in photographs.
Do you what purple, gold and green stand for? What about the difference between Carnival and Mardi Gras? We've gathered a few of the most asked questions we receive from visitors to give more background and understanding of the age old tradition of Louisiana, the month long party...Mardi Gras.
The commercial district of New Iberia's Historic Downtown is officially designated a "National Register of Historic Places" location. The many years of national recognitions in addition to the people behind the scenes are the responsible for this incredible honor. Read how they made it happen.
For those who are tired of the same ol' turkey and stuffing year after year, why not spice things up with recipes from TABASCO® and KONRIKO® using their signature products. Here are some great ideas for the chef of the house looking to bring a little Southern cooking into their home this Thanksgiving.
We’ve created the “Savor the Season” movement for locals and visitors to show us and the world their wintery fun in Iberia Parish. In Louisiana, winter isn’t just a season, it’s a way of life. Memories are made with friends and family as they gather to celebrate the holidays, and we want you to capture those moments with photographs and videos. Read more to find out how to participate.
As part of our "Why Visit" series, we spoke to Marketing and Programs Manager Jayd Buteaux to get an insider's look at Shadows-on-the-Teche, a 19th century sugar plantation owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in the heart of New Iberia's Historic District.
"Dear Delcambre" is Courtney LeBlanc's goodbye to her whirlwind year serving as the 66th Delcambre Shrimp Festival Queen. Find out what made her decide to run and why Delcambre will always hold a special place in her heart.
A panel version of the powerful and poignant traveling exhibition "Purchased Lives: The American Slave Trade from 1808 to 1865" is coming to Bayou Teche Museum in July and August 2017.
The next location in our "Why Visit" series is America's oldest operating rice Mill, Konriko. I spoke to owners Mike and Sandy Davis to get the run down on the business as well as unknown facts about the attraction. I also give a walk through of what a visitor can expect when they visit the mill. So, come with us on a journey 105 years in the making.
Rochell Perro Malay, creative director & founder of Alex Malay, tells us all about her fashion boutique on Main Street New Iberia and her first-year anniversary sale.
Wondering where to stay in Iberia Parish this summer? Well, the parish has always had numerous islands, and now there’s another. The Isle of Iberia RV Resort recently celebrated its grand re-opening under the Iberia Parish Parks & Recreation department as the newest Louisiana camping site in Iberia.
Main Street New Iberia has won another prestigous honor and was designated an accredited Main Street once again! Read about the steps the city has taken to make keep Main Street New Iberia one of the best in America.
The founder of the Diabetic Kitchen, Nathaniel Mitchell, Sr. guest blogs about the Lao community and the successful merging of diverse cultures.
The Isle of Iberia RV Resort is celebrating its grand opening weekend! See the activities and events and learn about the recent changes.
George Rodrigue's famous Blue Dog has finally found his way back home to Bayou Teche Museum in a new permanent art gallery with a recreation of Rodrigue's own studio.
Books Along the Teche is the resident Dave Robicheaux homebase for knowledge, signed books and rare first editions, meet the owners Howard and Lorraine Kingston and see how they've turned a passion into a profession.
Paint Acadiana at the annual Shadows-on-the-Teche Plein Air Competition and see art in action. Read more to see what the weeklong event entails and then grab your paintbrush and join the fun!
The Louisiana Travel Promotion Association (LTPA) introduced Mcllhenny Company, the maker of TABASCO® brand Pepper Sauce, as the winner of the Attraction of the Year Award. Read more for a look at what has made the brand a household name for 150 years.
Time to fly in and visit Rip's Rookery on Jefferson Island and see a few of the 260 species that have visited the island.
Iberia says bon voyage to one of their own as Iberia Parish Library's Sami Haggood leaves parting words of wisdom and thanks in his guest blog.
Iberia Parish locations closed for the 2017 holidays.
The mad hatter moves into New Iberia and brings a touch of magic with him.
Walkin' in a window wonderland. Envision da Berry's creative director, Phanat Xanamane guest blogs how the Window Wonderland project began and why it makes the New Iberia holidays a little brighter.
Although it shouldn't be, Christmas can be a lot of work. Instead of hours of searching, we here at the Iberia Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau would like to share a few different holiday recipes with you that you can cook up for your family this Christmas and New Year's!
Shane Bernard's newest novel tells the legend of the Teche in his enrapturing words and research.
Cook up some scares with this ghostly gumbo recipe before you head to the World Championship Gumbo Cookoff.
The city of New Iberia has been designated as an accredited Main Street America™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. See the steps the city has taken to make it one of the best Main Streets in the country.
Gumbo is a pièce de résistance in Southern Louisiana, so it’s no surprise the World Championship Gumbo Cookoff calls Iberia Parish home. Every year, on the second weekend in October, the Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce hosts the cookoff in Bouligny Plaza on New Iberia’s historic and award winning Main Street. See what's cooking at this year's festival!
The Bayou Teche Museum in New Iberia is excited to announce the unveiling of an exhibit of original art by internationally recognized artist, Hunt Slonem. "Bayou, Birds and Butterflies" will feature several paintings from Slonem's Albania plantation home in Jeanerette, as well as some from other museums and private collections.
The Jeanerette Museum is turning 40 this year!
Do you want to learn how to cook with Tabasco sauce? Need fresh inspiration to use your favorite condiment? Let Tabasco Restaurant 1868's Chef Lionel Robin coach you on our inside look at Tabasco's newest offering, cooking classes.
New additions to Rip's Rookery added to make the birding experience even easier on Jefferson Island.
The new TABASCO® Visitors Center on Avery Island is now offering guided tours by curator and historian Shane K. Bernard, Ph.D. Read more to see the one of a kind expereince you can receive by reserving your spot now!
IPCVB's French intern, Johanna Hyves examines the differences and similarities between her New Iberia and its twin city, her home town.
French intern, Johanna Hyves experiences France in Iberia on her stay. See how the culture is still alive as she takes us to North Lewis Elementary School and the "French Table" at Victor's Cafe.
Cruisin' Cajun Country is back and ready to rev up your weekend! Read up on how the festival got started and what is in store for those who attend.
Did you know Iberia Parish is home to one of the largest Lao communities in the USA? Or that there is a Buddhist Temple located in the city? We took a behind the scenes tour to learn about how the Lao community formed, and learn about the religion as well as see the breathtaking temples. Come discover this hidden gem with us.
Our French intern Johanna Hyves gives a few thoughts on her first impressions of the area, people and culture and notes how very similar we are to our French heritage.
Johanna Hyves spent a fun filled day exploring Iberia Parish and all it's offerings. Read more to follow her journey in both English and French.
It's here! The new Avery Island Experience has arrived. With access to areas that have never been open to the public before, there has never been a better time to visit Avery Island.
French intern Johanna Hyves gives her take on the new Tabasco tour and what visitors can expect to see when they visit.
French intern Johanna Hyves attended the Bayou Teche Museum's annual gala and new exhibit unveiling.
French intern Johanna Hyves toured Avery Island for the first time with board member Nelwyn Hebert. Read about what's it's like seeing the Tabasco Factory for the first time including trying the ice cream!
Meet Johanna Hyves, IPCVB's French intern in her first guest blog of her travels with us. Learn about her hometown in France and why she chose New Iberia as her place of exchange.
Meet the newest flea market in town, Taunt Na Na's. In their guest blog Tonya Romeroa and Todd Badeaux talk shop, DIY and why Taunt Na Na.
Happy New Year! As cliché as it seems, a new year does bring with it new friends, new adventures and new memories, and Iberia Parish is already working on its resolution of bringing all of these to our visitors and locals in 2016.
Take out the fur coats! This year, Iberia Parish will be under an ice queen's spell with a myriad of Magic on Main holiday events for the whole family during November and December.
Try Conrad Rice Mill/KONRIKO®'s recipe for duck gumbo this fall season for a delicious take on a classic concoction!
New Iberia's sister city of Alhaurin de la Torre may be in Spain, but the twin cities share a long and strong history through tourists, culture and the annual El Festival Espanol. Read José Manuel de Molina Bautista's guest blog to discover another side of New Iberia.
Before you celebrate the history, culture and heritage of Spanish New Iberia at the El Festival Espanol de Nueva Iberia, learn about the Spanish roots in the parish in Chairman Ebrar Reaux's own words.
Ready to get scary? Here are 10 spooky things to do in Iberia Parish this Halloween.
2015 is the 250th anniversary of the arrival of the Acadians in Louisiana and Iberia Parish is celebrating!
Merci beaucoup LA Association of Extension 4-H Agents Jennifer Ducote (St. Mary Parish) and Christy Oliver (Iberia Parish) for bringing the Louisiana Assoc. of Extension Agents 4-H State Convention to Ramada Conference Center in New Iberia Aug. 18-21, 2015!
IPCVB was invited to open house of Tabasco's Restaurant 1868, the newest addition of the recent Avery Island expansion.
We got some insider information on what exactly Tabasco is planning for its expansion.
Our Iberian ambassadors of the month are Sa'Raceia Roman, Terrelle Bethel, Carroll Olivier Jr., Bryanna Vital, Kandrick King Jr., Jay'Quan Malveaux and NaToj Johnson for beautifying our community.
Celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week with us May 2-10, 2015!
The New Iberia Azalea Trail is back as spring brings a sea of flowers with it. The red, pink, white, purple and salmon colored Azaleas are not to be missed and the best way to see them is on the easy self-guided driving tour through the city and at various attractions.
Spring brings with it many magical adventures and a few mythical creatures. Make sure to watch out for that loup-garou...
Musician David Greely is the artist in residence this February at Shadows-on-the-Teche. Find out what lies at the root of his creativity.
The Iberia Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau would like to wish a warm welcome to its new tourism partner, Leaning Oak Farm!
The Jeanerette Museum will be hosting the traveling exhibit, The World Will Move: Civil Rights and Public Transportation in Louisiana 1860s-1950sfrom Jan. 26 - March 6.
Go through the lenses with Maude Buszek's guest photo blog around Iberia Parish.
Works of the world-famous artist George Rodrigue are coming to New Iberia's Bayou Teche Museum Jan. 14-June 30, 2015 in an exhibit titled, "George Rodrigue Comes Home: Under Iberia's Live Oaks with George Rodrigue and his Blue Dog," in partnership with the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts.
There will be lots of opportunities this holiday season to get your holiday shopping done early before the Christmas rush, and Iberia Parish's local markets are the best places to shop for original and unique gifts.
TABASCO® Food Tours are the new way to sample Cajun food in one trip, although the food is so delicious you will want to make it a yearly visit.
This past spring, National Trust Historic Site The Shadows in New Iberia, Louisiana, welcomed two artists in residence as part of the yearlong Art & Shadows program, funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Visual artist Lynda Frese and fiddler David Greely were selected for the program and have been working at The Shadows to create new works within their respective mediums inspired by the site's history.
Music is a topic that can spark numerous heated debates. From Bon Jovi to George Strait, Beatles to One Direction, Beyonce to Elvis, music is the one constant in an ever-changing world. Even though styles change and melodies evolve, the heart of music remains emotion. Iberia Parish has always been a supporter of the arts, and this holiday season it will offer lots of musical opportunities for your family to enjoy.
Break out the eggnog and dust off the ornaments, because it's Christmas time again, and this year, Iberia Parish is going blue, and we don't mean Disney's "Frozen."
Finding new and original souvenirs in each city you visit can become a challenge after seeing lots of destinations. While there’s nothing wrong with another snow globe or key chain, how about finding items that are unique to the area? This list will showcase some of the numerous souvenirs that you can buy when you visit Iberia Parish. (Author’s note: Cheesy puns not included with purchase.)
Become a Visit Louisiana Coast Coastal Cruiser and compete for a chance to win a New Iberia-Avery Island Getaway!
Happy Halloween! Come get your scare on with these spooky fun activities in October.
Vice Chariman on the Iberia Parish Tourist Commission, Darnelle Delcambre represented Iberia Parish at the 2014 Congres Mondial Acadien. Read about her experience with the Canadian people, locations and culture and see just how similar our areas are.
Delcambre is growing! A new market pavilion and dock means lots of events and get togethers. Read to find out more.
Savor the difference at the Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival on Sept. 24-28, 2014 in New Iberia.
Aug. 3-9, 2014 is National Farmers Market Week and Iberia Parish is ready to celebrate! See what the parish is doing to promote eating healthy and local.
Iberia and other parishes were host to New York Daily News reporter Alex Palmer on his recent journey of the South.
Visual artist and University of Louisiana at Lafayette 2013 Distinguished Professor Lynda Frese and traditional French Louisiana musician David Greely, founding fiddler of the Mamou Playboys, have been selected as artists in residence for the Art and Shadows program. With a goal of enriching the culture's art scene, Shadows-on-the-Teche is excited to host the pair. Read more about how the partnership came to be.
July is Park and Recreation Month across the United States and Iberia Parish is celebrating!
The 63rd Delcambre Shrimp Festival is here and there are big plans for a great time. Read about the festival's activities and events including a fais-do-do, shrimp cookoff and blessing of the fleet and come party with us.
James Lee Burke has done it again! A new novel is on the way this summer.
You are officially invited to become a Visit Louisiana Coast Coastal Cruiser. Enter to win!
Eleven Iberia Parish attractions, restaurants and accommodations have been honored with the TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence.
Taste the heat on a new Tabasco food tour.
Landry's Cajun Seafood & Steakhouse of New Iberia announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award for the second year in a row.
Come experience Cajun Country’s Hot Side, home to famous attractions, world renowned cuisine, contagious music, sizzling events and people who never meet a stranger. Then, cool down at Cajun RVera Resort, the only RV resort in Iberia Parish.
Iberia Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau introduced four new interpretive kiosks, or wayfinding panels, on award-winning Main Street New Iberia for National Travel and Tourism Week.