EatLafayette is an annual celebration of Lafayette's local restaurants and includes a summer long
promotional campaign that takes place each year from June to September. Diners are treated to
deals offered by some of the EatLafayette restaurants as well as culinary events throughout the
campaign, including the Taste of EatLafayette™ in conjunction with the Louisiana Seafood CookOff. With over 200 locally owned eateries ranging from Cajun, Italian, Mediterranean, Asian, BBQ, and everything in between, you can be sure there's something for everyone's taste buds.
For the fourth year, Lafayette Travel will host the Taste of EatLafayette event in
conjunction with Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and
Marketing Board’s 2021 Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off (LASCO), Tuesday, June 22, at the
CAJUNDOME Convention Center, from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm.
This is the 14th year for Louisiana’s premier cooking competition, which is presented by the
Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board.
“This event will serve as a celebration of our state’s talented chefs’ return to their kitchens. It’s a
chance to highlight Louisiana’s best-of-the-best, showcasing the importance of Louisiana seafood
and the cook-off to those chefs aspiring to reign as King or Queen of Louisiana Seafood,” said
Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser. “There is no better way to show Louisiana is a place where
you can Feed Your Soul with the great culinary culture found in our largest cities all the way to our
smallest towns than by having some of the best chefs in the state cook up some of the best
seafood in the world.”
The tasting event offers a chance to sample cuisine from locally owned restaurants participating
in EatLafayette while watching chefs from around the state compete for the title of Louisiana
Seafood King/Queen. The winner of the 2021 Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off will earn the title King
of Kings as the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board takes a year to reflect on the
many successful past champions. Chef Robert Vasquez, the 2020 King of Louisiana Seafood, will
represent the state in the 17th annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off in New Orleans on
Saturday, August 7, at the Morial Convention Center.
“After the year we have been through, it is encouraging to be hosting the LA Seafood Cook-Off in
conjunction with the EatLafayette kickoff in person this year. The collaboration has helped take
our popular Taste of EatLafayette event to another level, while providing great exposure for our
area, chefs, and restaurants as well as the cook-off and EatLafayette.
Many previous winning chefs have also been from our area, which further validates holding the
event in the heart of Cajun and Creole Country; home to an exceptional food scene. We
appreciate Lt. Governor Nungesser’s continued confidence in our area to put on a first-class
event, and we encourage everyone to get their tickets early.” says Lafayette Travel President and
CEO Ben Berthelot.
Tickets for the event are $25 and can be purchased online by
visiting www.EatLafayette.com/Events, or at the CAJUNDOME Box Office during business hours.