International Poboy – Out to Lunch – It’s Acadiana
If you live in Acadiana thereâ€™s a good chance you attend your fair share of festivals.Â It seems like thereâ€™s a festival around here just about every week. Thatâ€™s because there is. Â If youâ€™re in a Cajun band and you think at one time or another youâ€™ve been booked to play all of them, Google â€œAcadiana Festivals.â€ I bet thereâ€™s a couple you havenâ€™t heard of.
The crown jewel of our Acadiana Festivals is Festival International. Over 300,000 people attend the Lafayette festival every year. Artists come from 20 countries. Maybe itâ€™s just me but it seems to get bigger and more fun each year â€“ though Iâ€™m just judging that by the time it takes to recover.
The Executive Director of the Festival since 2016 is a gentleman you might also know as a mild mannered software designer. Or, conversely, the badass drummer from Scottâ€™s Drum Center. Heâ€™s one in the same, Scott Fehan.
Two of the newest festivals around here are the Acadiana PoBoy Festival and Plate Lunch a palooza.Â The Poboy Festival is designed to celebrate the legacy of the humble poboy sandwich. And Plate Lunch a palooza is all about making a big deal about our local love affair with a good deal good meal.
Both of these local food-centric celebrations are the product of a company called S.E., which stands for Social Entertainment.Â If you like being social and being entertained you may already be familiar with the creative force behind S.E. Heâ€™s also the guy behind Dix Daiquiris, Tropical Smoothie, and the Jefferson Street Pub. Heâ€™s Gus Rezende.
photos at Cafe Vermilionville by Gwen Aucoin.