IFWTWA Media Trip

Lafayette, Louisiana, the Happiest City in America

October 13-16, 2023

Lafayette is at the heart of Louisiana’s Cajun & Creole Country, an area known as the Happiest City in America by the Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch.com and it’s no mystery why. Their distinctive blend of food, music and culture has people from all over heading down south with a smile on their face.

Crawfish Boil and Po Boy at the Cajun Table in Lafayette

Cultural History

The region’s history dates back to the 18th century, when Canada’s Acadians were expelled in the late 1700s and settled in Louisiana. More than two centuries later tourists come to Lafayette to get a rare taste of the genuine Acadian experience, from traditional food fixings and music to the warm hospitality that greets you at every turn.

Experience A Lively Festival

No matter what time of year you visit Lafayette they will have something for you to celebrate. That’s in large part because the region is teeming with celebratory events year-round. Enjoy the fall’s Festival Acadiens et Creoles October 13-15, 2023.

Savor World-Class Cuisine

Craving delightfully smoked boudin, mouthwatering gumbo, and piping hot crawfish seasoned to perfection?

Lafayette has the Cajun & Creole flavors you crave, along with the freshest in Louisiana seafood, and always a little something unexpected. Homegrown chefs are putting an inventive spin on time-honored recipes with the freshest local ingredients. But don’t take their word for it. Lafayette has received many awards for their cuisine including being named the Tastiest Town of the South by Southern Living Magazine, Best Food Town by Rand McNally and a Top 10 Foodie City by Livability.com.


Immerse yourself in the untouched purity of a cypress and tupelo swamp. Check out the alligators. Sway your hips to the upbeat tempo of accordions and washboards. All these experiences await in Lafayette, Louisiana, the Happiest City in America.

Two-Step Through Lafayette

Lafayette is known as the Heartbeat of Acadiana and with good reason. Their one-of-a-kind mix of Cajun, Creole, and Zydeco can be heard any night of the week. Take a whirl around the dance floor to Zydeco music.

Whether your passion is for their rich cultural history, the bustling culinary scene or distinctive blend of Cajun and Zydeco music, you can be sure you will leave beaming from ear to ear and know that Lafayette is truly Uniquely Seasoned.

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