Cajun & Beyond Media Trip

October 31 – November 4, 2018

Lafayette, Louisiana, USA

Host: Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission

IFWTWA thanks our members’ hosts and local tourism for coordinating their stay. All opinions expressed are the individual writer’s and not those of or influenced by IFWTWA.

Eight IFWTWA Journalists participated in this extraordinary Cajun & Beyond Media Trip. What made the event so special? Imagine a five- day immersion trip into the heart of Louisiana.

The group toured the best Lafayette has to offer. The Southern spirit was ever present as they were absorbed into the Cajun and Louisiana Creole culture. From swamp boat tours to rum tasting, zydeco breakfasts, regional dinners, and a cooking class at the famous Tabasco Factory, the participants had a impressive hands on experience they can’t wait to share with their readers.

IFWTWA thanks our hosts, Lafayette Travel, for a memorable visit. Their vision, “…to have the most progressive, efficient and creative destination marketing organization in the state of Louisiana as an accredited Destination Marketing Organization” was on display with each activity presented. We applaud them for their innovative marketing efforts that bring greater awareness of Lafayette.

IFWTWA Writers in Attendance:

IFWTWA Members at the Tabasco Museum

Social Media:

#Lafayette  #Louisiana  #FeedYourSoul

IFWTWA media trip participants utilize Twitter, Instagram, Insta Stories, Facebook, Facebook Live and/or Facebook Stories in addition to social media promotion by IFWTWA and its pages.

Media Placements:

Masters, Elaine. Trip Well Gal, December 1, 2018
Find the best taste of Louisiana in Lafayette
Where to find the best bites and sips of Louisiana in and around Lafayette

Masters, Elaine. Trip Well Gal, December 14, 2018
Alligators by Airboat – Atchafalaya Swamp Tour on YouTube
Get up close to ancient cypress trees, vast mysterious waters, and of course, the alligators of the Atchafalaya Basin. Atchafalaya Swamp Tours with take you into the bayou and you may meet Hercules, the Alpha gator who has befriended Captain Tucker.

Bayou Bromance ~ Image by Elaine Masters, Trip Well Gal

Masters, Elaine. Trip Well Gal, December 18, 2018
Alligators, Airboats and Acadians — Explore the rich waters of Atchafalaya Basis, Louisiana
It’s all about the water in the Atchafalaya Basin. The swamps and marshes offered refuge to exiled Acadians when the Spanish lured them south and promised a permanent home, according to Captain Tucker of Basin Landing Swamp Tours. He would know after spending decades living here …

Chong, Mary. Food Wine Travel Magazine, December 19, 2018
with Liz Mays, Linda Kissam, Kathleen Walls, Linda Milks, Cat Lin & Elaine Masters
Favorite Discoveries in Travel from Lafayette, Louisiana
Traveling is all about discoveries, whether it involves learning something new about a culture, eating a unique food item you’ve never tasted before, meeting new people, or discovering something new about yourself through the journey. 

Lafayette Louisiana featured in FWT Magazine

Walls, Kathleen. World Footprints, November 28, 2018
Cajun Culture in Lafayette Parish” 
In Southern Louisiana, French Canadian migrants settled and intermingled with the existing community to create a unique ethnic group, the Cajuns, whose culture continues to thrive today. Visitors can learn more about the Cajuns through a visit to Lafayette Parish, where they can explore their history, customs, music and food.

Walls, Kathleen. American Roads and Global Highways, November 30, 2018
Cajun Food: A Way of Life in Lafayette”
Food is an intricate part of Cajun culture. Let’s visit some of Lafayette’s most fun eateries.

Cafe Vermillionville Dessert Tray Image by Kathleen Walls
Cafe Vermillionville Dessert Tray ~ Image by Kathleen Walls

Walls, Kathleen. Weekender Extended, December 5, 2018
“Things to do in Lafayette, Louisiana”
Steeped in Cajun culture Lafayette Parish’s blend of cultures make it unique.

Kissam, Linda. Big Blend National Parks & Travel Magazine, December 3, 2018
“Authentic Lafayette, Louisiana” Article & Radio Podcast
Ladies and Gentleman. Foodies, wine aficionados, beer lovers, shoppers, bowlers and fellow travelers. Come along with me to experience the authentic Lafayette, Louisiana and… Bons Temps Rouler (let the good times roll)!

Lafayette Podcast from the IFWTWA

Lin, Cat. For Two, Please, January 5, 2019
“12 Sensational Stops For The Best Food In Lafayette, Louisiana”
Lafayette, Louisiana, the heart of Cajun country, presents one-of-a-kind culinary experience for food lovers. It is where you can try crawfish etouffee, boudin, and other food that are unique to Louisiana! To give you a taste, I have rounded up 12 best places to eat in Lafayette.

Milks, Linda. Toasting Food Wine Travel, January 9, 2019
“Lafayette–Land of Boudin, Alligators, and Zydeco Music”
The melodic sound of the squeezebox accordion and scraping of thimbles on a washboard as couples glide around the dance floor (with the aroma of smoked bacon wafting through the air) gave me my first clue to why Lafayette was voted “Happiest City in America.”

Willis, Priscilla. She’s Cookin | food and travel, May 9, 2019

Pioneers of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
In 1985, well before the 2004 movie “Sideways” sparked widespread Pinot Noir mania, Oregon Pinots shocked the world of oenophiles at a tasting at the International Wine Center in New York when a group of wine experts was unable to distinguish between Oregon Pinot Noirs and better known, more expensive French Burgundies resulting in the panel choosing three Oregon Pinot Noirs as their favorites. The rest is history as Willamette Valley Pinots have risen to their rightful place amongst the world’s most highly regarded wines.

Zydeco Band, Lafayette, Louisiana Image by Linda Milks
Zydeco Band, Lafayette, Louisiana ~ Image by Linda Milks

Milks, Linda. Big Blend Radio & TV Magazine, February 8, 2019
“Lafayette, a Slice of Another World” Article & Radio Podcast
Feet glide and clickety-clack on the wood floor. Tapping and scraping emanates from a washboard being played with thimble-covered fingers. Melodic organ-like notes flow from the accordion, fondly referred to as a “squeezebox” with diatonic buttons.