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This trip is a must for lovers of Cajun cuisine, and in particular, spicy seasonings. A visit to Avery Island brings you to the Tabasco Factory and Country Store, home of the world’s most popular hot pepper sauce. Tour of the factory and enjoy a film on the history of Tabasco pepper sauce. Shop for Tabasco specialty items that include a range of sauces, crackers, jellies and clothing. And be sure to take time for the short ride through Jungle Gardens for close – but protected – views of alligators, nutria and thousands of egrets.

In New Iberia, you could round out your gustatory tour with a visit to the Konrico Rice Mill for a presentation on Cajun culture and a look at the packaging of rice and rice cakes. The Konrico Company Store has a great collection of local foods, T-shirts and music items.