Get a Taste for Cajun Country Mardi Gras

It’s easy to work up an appetite chasing chickens. Here are unique ways to #TasteLouisiana in St. Landry Parish.

Caitlin Bussey
Caitlin Bussey is the communications manager at the St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission. The Eunice native has a degree in hospitality management and tourism with a concentration in culinary arts.
Lakeview Boucherie

Lakeview Boucherie

Nitro Coffee infused Cream Cheese King Cake

Nitro Coffee infused Cream Cheese King Cake

5 Ways to #TasteLouisiana This Mardi Gras

1. Coffee-Infused King Cake

Nitro Coffee Cream Cheese King Cake

It’s a good idea to start the morning off right with food in your belly and a little caffeine, and we know the perfect spot for both! Café Mosaic is a charming café, located in the downtown area of Eunice, serving guests locally roasted coffee. Its newest confection: Nitro Coffee Cream Cheese King Cake!

2. Boudin King Cake

Every cake is stuffed with boudin, brushed with local cane syrup, and topped with a cracklin crumble. Those traveling along Highway 190 can visit Bourque’s Supermarket in Port Barre and try the bakery’s spicy twist on Boudin King Cake which includes pepper jack cheese in the stuffing and a drizzle of pepper jelly on top.

3. Community Boucherie

Lakeview Community Boucherie

A traditional boucherie is the best way to sample Cajun cuisine such as boudin, cracklin, backbone stew, and ponce. Two boucheries take place in Eunice. A Lundi Gras celebration is hosted at Lakeview Park and Beach, or you can head downtown Sunday morning before Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras day).

4. Free Gumbo

St. Landry Parish Gumbo

Part of the rural Mardi Gras ritual involves costumed participants on horseback, going from house to house, soliciting donations of food items to culminate in a community-wide gumbo. This tradition continues today! Upon their return, the tired revelers are greeted with a warm bowl of gumbo to rejuvenate them as the evening’s festivities are not nearly over. 

5. Craft Beer

Bayou Teche Brewery

Libations are no stranger to any Mardi Gras celebration, which is why we suggest visiting Bayou Teche Brewing in Arnaudville. Sample the brewery's French farmhouse ale, Courir de Mardi Gras, or visit the Saturday before Fat Tuesday for the release of Biere Joie, an Imperial Stout with chocolate and coffee!

Lagniappe: Taster’s Choice Competition

For seven years in a row, Eunice, LA has kicked off carnival season with a friendly chefs competition. February 22, sample dishes and enjoy zydeco music at LSU-Eunice.

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