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Dave's Haunts & Jaunts Bus Tour
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.
You may also enjoy: Dave Robicheaux, Festivals, James Lee Burke, Spring, Tours
Books Along the Teche Literary Festival 2020
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."
You may also enjoy: Books, Dave Robicheaux, Events, Festivals
Shadows on the Teche Plein Air Painting Competition 2020
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.
You may also enjoy: Art, Events, Festivals, New Iberia, Spring
New Iberia Staycation
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.
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2020 Great Southern Writer: Osha Gray Davidson
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.
You may also enjoy: Books, Dave Robicheaux, Events, Festivals, James Lee Burke
1944 Expulsion of Iberia Parish’s Black Leaders
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.
You may also enjoy: Events, New Iberia
Remembering 30 Years of Gumbo History
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.
You may also enjoy: Events, Fall, Festivals, Food, New Iberia
8 Secrets to the World Championship Gumbo Cookoff's Success
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.
You may also enjoy: Events, Fall, Festivals, Food, New Iberia
50 Years of Growth: Cane River Pecan Co.
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.
You may also enjoy: Food, Shopping
Spotlight on Delcambre's Wendell Verret
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.
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World Championship Seafood Gumbo Recipe
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.
You may also enjoy: Events, Fall, Festivals, Food
September at Shadows on the Teche
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!
You may also enjoy: Attraction, Events, Fall
7 Questions to Ask Before Attending the La Sugar Cane Festival
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.
You may also enjoy: Events, Fall, Festivals
6 Facts about Sugar Cane
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.
You may also enjoy: Events, Fall, Festivals, Food, Jeanerette, New Iberia
Delcambre Shrimp Festival Fall Blog
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.
You may also enjoy: Delcambre, Fall, Festivals, Food
Quick Guide Fall Festivals
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.
You may also enjoy: Avery Island, Delcambre, Events, Fall, Festivals, Food, New Iberia
Lifetime Bringing Christmas to New Iberia
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.
You may also enjoy: Christmas, Holiday, New Iberia, Winter
Rip Van Winkle Gardens: A French Expedition
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.
You may also enjoy: Attraction, French, Jefferson Island
The Alex Malay Fashion Show
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.
You may also enjoy: Avery Island, French, Shopping