Apr 25, 2014 8:01 PM by Kari Beal
It smells good at Festival International and with so many dishes to choose from sometimes it's hard to pick. Over 30 vendors are serving savory foods and drinks. These vendors are selected by the festival board who even tastes some of the dishes beforehand.
Antlers Restaurant has a Crawfish Corn Macque Choux that they say has its own uniqueness to it.
"It's something different. It's not a usual dish, but it is a crowd favorite for sure.
It's made with our own Cajun seasoning so I think that's the secret right there," Antlers Owner Johnny Walters said.
Alligator and boudin balls are another festival favorite.
"You have all the rice and spices that you have inside a boudin ball, but it has Alligator meat," Mark Rotolo with Alligator Shakes said.
I got to try this dish first hand and I can say the spices definitely give these balls a nice touch. But one can't explore downtown Lafayette without making a stop at a food truck.
"We specialize in yeast based waffles. They are a little lighter and crisper than a Belgian, but it makes a great sandwich," Collin Cormier said with Viva La Waffle Gourmet
In this heat you will definitely need something to keep you cool. Ice cream and popsicles aren't hard to find. The Owner of Meltdown Gourmet Ice Pops said all her ingredients are natural and she makes her popsicles from scratch.
"I make my own caramel. I burn sugar and I add a little sea salt and vanilla," Weaver said when referring to her Salted Carmel Ice Pop. She also serves at Strawberry Hibiscus Ice Pop. "We're in strawberry season so it's just strawberries and hibiscus flowers."
Many know Pouparts, Zea's and Bon Creole have savory seafood dishes. But above all, the Crawfish Spinach Boat from Bon Creole is a specialty, only served during festival.