On Monday, June 22, Lafayette Travel celebrated the start of their 16th annual EatLafayette campaign with a press coference at Vermilionville.
Registration fees for this year's campaign, which runs until September 13, were waived due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Submission were also opened to all locally-owned restaurants in Lafayette Parish. And this year, according to Lafayette Travel, more than 200 restaurants will be participating.
“In Lafayette, we come from a long line of can-do people. As restaurateurs and small business owners, my wife and I know all about challenges. The current challenge all restaurants are facing is unprecedented. The future of our food and culture is at stake,” says Ken Veron, owner and operator of Café Vermilionville and EatLafayette Advisory Board Chair, in a press release. “Restaurants are coming back one by one, but we need you, the customers. We’ve served your families throughout the years and we’re asking for your help, now more than ever. Any time you look to dine out, please look to local first and EatLafayette."
New to this year's campaign will be the introduction of Feed the Envie Bingo.
According to Lafayette Travel, diners can download their printable bingo card at EatLafayette.com and choose Across or Down (5 restaurants), L Shape (10 restaurants), or go for Blackout (25 restaurants).
Cards and receipts with purchases of $10 or more, and one $20 purchase for Blackout participants can be turned in to 1100 Lafayette St. in Downtown Lafayette Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Bingo participants will receive a prize and automatically be entered to win one grand prize which will be announced September 16.
“It’s an exciting year for EatLayette with so many new restaurants, a new promotional initiative, and of course, the continued support of our title sponsor Waitr,” said Lafayette Travel President and CEO Ben Berthelot. “Part of what makes our area so attractive to visitors and locals is our diverse culinary scene. As a community, we must do everything we can to help these local eateries thrive. One easy way to do that is when you dine out choose to EatLafayette."
Due to COVID-19, the annual Taste of EatLafayette and Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off has been rescheduled to August 25.
Lafayette Travel says they are working with the Seafood Board and the Cajundome to ensure that the event will be safe for participating restaurants and attendees. Details on the event and tickets will be released in July.
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