Sure, most people go to Festival International for the music. But a lot of us go for the eats!
Festival should be starting this week, but alas it has joined the list of things we love that COVID-19 has stolen from us. To help with that sorrow, Festival staff have coordinated a virtual festival for us to attend. You can get more on that here.
But you still gotta eat, right? Here are some local restaurants offering their Festival favorites for take-out this week. We'll update this story as we find more information; if your restaurant is offering a Festival special, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here's what we have so far:
Festival has a page set up with links to their food vendors who are still open, with details on how you can order your Festival eats from those restaurants. Visit that page here.
Norbert's Restaurant in Broussard will open this weekend selling Festival food favorites. They've been participating in Festival for more than 25 years, with a booth near main stage. They'll be selling boudin, jambalaya, fried catfish and meat pies. They're located at 521 Ave C, Broussard.
These downtown Lafayette restaurants have special events or offers this week:
Tsunami is bringing back the Tsushi Tsandwich, with toasted nori, spicy tuna, rice and snow crab fried in with panko with sweet Asian aioli and Tsunami sauce.
Pop's Poboys is working on a Sunday Festival "event" that will offer the restaurant's bread bowls, daquiris and jello shots for take-out for several hours on Sunday. They haven't nailed down the details yet, so keep checking their Facebook:
Johnson's Boucaniere is offering a Festival inspired special through Saturday: the Pork Belly Slider with Smoked Pork Belly, Boudin Ball, Green Onion Aioli and a Steen's drizzle on a Hawaiian roll:
At Pamplona, you can get Sangria by the pitcher, Paella and a limited edition Pamplona Festival T-shirt Friday and Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 to 3 p.m. Pre-orders are encouraged; curbside service is available.
And, Central Pizza & Bar is bringing back their Watermelon Basil Margaritas, selling them by the gallon, which is 6-8 servings. Or less, depending on your idea of a serving these days.