As Lafayette's culinary scene continues to flourish, EatLafayette™, in collaboration with Lafayette Travel and Lafayette Coca-Cola, is set to kick off its highly anticipated Taste of EatLafayette™ event. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, this gastronomic extravaganza promises to be an evening of delectable bites, lively music, and a tribute to Lafayette's rich culinary heritage.

Scheduled for Tuesday, June 18, at the CAJUNDOME Convention Center from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., the Taste of EatLafayette™ will offer attendees a chance to savor the best dishes from Lafayette Parish's locally-owned restaurants, all under one roof.

One of the highlights of this year's event is the introduction of the Envie VIP Tasting Ticket, priced at $40, granting early access to the festivities and sampling opportunities from 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. General Admission Tickets are available for $20, with entry beginning at 6:15 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online or at the CAJUNDOME Box Office during business hours, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Taste of EatLafayette™ will feature a lineup of renowned restaurants showcasing their signature dishes alongside live music by Gerald Gruenig and Gentilly Zydeco. The evening will also include a special ceremony honoring some of Lafayette's historic culinary establishments, including BJ's Poorboys and Plate Lunches, Dean-O's, Cedar Deli, Norbert's, and Chris' Poboys.

Ben Berthelot, President & CEO of Lafayette Travel, expressed excitement about the milestone year, stating, "We are excited to be back for year 20 of promoting locally owned restaurants in Lafayette Parish through the EatLafayette™ campaign. The Taste of EatLafayette™ kick-off is always a big highlight of the campaign, with the opportunity to sample many of our best locally-owned restaurants in one setting."

Adding to the festivities, Gerry Ivey, On Premise Territory Manager for Lafayette Coca-Cola, emphasized the significance of community support for restaurants, saying, "We believe that our business can only prosper if the communities where we live, work, and serve are strong and vibrant."

EatLafayette™ is not just a one-night affair but an annual celebration of Lafayette's diverse culinary landscape, running from June to September. Diners can indulge in exclusive deals offered by participating restaurants throughout the campaign, ensuring a summer filled with tantalizing flavors and memorable dining experiences.

Lafayette's eateries offer a wide array of cuisines, from Cajun and Italian to Asian and BBQ, so the Taste of EatLafayette™ promises something to tantalize every palate. So mark your calendars and prepare for a culinary journey like no other, celebrating two decades of flavor at the Taste of EatLafayette™.

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