Eat Lafayette and Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off Extravaganza

Experience the sites, sounds and smells of award-winning chefs preparing their dishes for the Louisiana Seafood Cook-off while tasting the best dishes Eat Lafayette has to offer.

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Louisiana Seafood Cook-off Chef Group Photo

Louisiana Seafood Cook-off Chef Group Photo

Fresh green beans with cracklin' crusted fish topped with lump crab

2017 Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off winning dish by Chef Bonnie Breaux

Chef Nathan Richard of Cavan breaks down a tuna for competition

Chef Nathan Richard of Cavan breaks down a tuna for competition.

Summertime is the perfect time of year to enjoy outdoor adventures, festival fun and delicious, local cuisine. Sampling all of the legendary culinary experiences in Louisiana may seem like an overwhelming feat. Fortunately, Lafayette makes it easy to taste all of Cajun Country’s best eats with two opportunities for visitors to sample our state’s best fare this summer. 

First up is the Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off, or LASCO for short. This event features competing chefs cooking up what Louisiana does best—seafood. With an exciting lineup of chefs from restaurants across the state competing for the title of King or Queen of Louisiana Seafood, the event showcases a wide variety of Louisiana cooking, from classics such as crawfish etouffee to more adventurous takes on local fare. For example, last year’s winning dish was a cracklin-crusted red snapper with pickled crawfish tails from Blue Dog Café chef Ryan Trahan. This year’s competition will be held on Tuesday, June 18 at the Cajundome in Lafayette. One ticket gives you access to watch as the competing chefs meticulously prepare and present all of these sumptuous seafood dishes. In addition to the competition, LASCO attendees will have the opportunity to taste offerings from some of the local restaurants participating in the Eat LafayetteTM campaign. For tickets and more information, click over to Louisiana Seafood’s site here

Can’t make it to Lafayette for the Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off? You’re in luck! This summer from June to September, Eat LafayetteTM offers visitors the chance to sample tasty offerings from more than 100 local restaurants. The campaign runs all summer long with special deals, dishes and events that showcase the wide selection of culinary experiences found in Lafayette. This is the perfect opportunity for a summer staycation close to home. From Cajun to Italian to Asian and BBQ, visitors can feed their soul with the flavors of Lafayette. For a list of participating restaurants, click here

Allons manger (let’s eat)! With one event and more than 100 participating Lafayette restaurants, you’re sure to find something truly delicious, get your tickets here and tag us in your mouth-watering posts at @LouisianaTravel and #OnlyLouisiana.