Sunday, July 26, 2009

Gulf Brew- A Cajun Beer Fest !

We had a blast yesterday, at the 3rd annual Gulf Brew fundraiser, held in Parc International, in downtown Lafayette. A production of the Acadiana Center for the Arts, Gulf Brew is a beer fest showcasing microbreweries and brew masters from the South, from Texas to Florida. Beer lovers had 91 brews to choose from! In addition to this great selection of brews, the event showcased the artwork of Southern artists and craftsmen.





There were also Cajun food booths from local restaurants and live music from a few of Acadiana's favorite bands, Vagabond Swing, Corey Ledet and His Zydeco Band, and Snarky Puppy. But the thing that really impressed me about this festival, were the air-conditioned tents that the beer was being served up in! Since it was a hot, sultry afternoon in Cajun Country, this was most appreciated. Now this was definitely the way to go, for a summertime festival!

The proceeds from Gulf Brew will help to employ local artists and musicians and help to support the Arts in Education program. After 4 hours of sampling, we were in need of something substantial to eat, to soak up all of this fantastic beer, so we decided to head over to Bisbano's Cellar Door, where they serve up some of the best muffalettas, west of New Orleans. Cest bon, cher! Oh the life of a Cajun, is oh so good!


Corey Ledet and His Zydeco Band

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15 comments:

Expat From Hell said...

Man, I thought of you today! I was just writing about coffee, and just KNEW that you were over there doing the same thing. Probably having your Community Coffee French Roast. Great blog posting. Makes me wish the Texans would do the same thing. Sans the muffalettas, of course.
See you again soon!

EFH

Elizabeth Bradley said...

I was wondering if the tents were air-conditioned and then you mentioned that they were. Looks like a good time. You do have it made down there. Have a great Sunday.

Mister Nobody Publishing said...

Looks like it was a lot of fun...

Vagabonde said...

91 beers from microbreweries! What a choice. I did not used to like beer then one time while in Seattle we happened to walk in at a beer fest like yours and sampled many beers. I really liked beers called IPA, or India Pale Ale. I bet there were some at your fest. We don’t have many IPA to choose from here unfortunately.

Marguerite said...

Expat- Merci and thanks for stopping by. The French Roast is my favorite, except this morning, I was drinking Starbucks Verona. I really enjoyed your coffee post, cher!

Elizabeth- This was the first festival that I've ever atttended here, that had air-conditioned tents. It made a good time even better! Have a great week!

Mister Nobody- Thanks so much for visiting. Your blogs are awesome!

Vagabonde- You would have loved this beer fest, as they had a fabulous selection. I like the pale ales, too. They have an almost wine quality about them.
Cheers!

John said...

Works for me!
Our English beers would probably be out of place there, you guys find them too warm and flat, but we think they're the real deal. However, it wouldn't stop us having a go at the cold stuff. Air-conditioned tents?, only in the US. Love the music, have no idea what a muffeletta is.
Keep eating the shrimp.

Jeni said...

It's the middle of the night and here I sit, reading blogs, when I get a hunger attack. I went in search of food, really wanting something with mayonnaise on it, but finding nothing along those lines, I settled for a good old stand-by -pb&J on toast. Then I come to your blog and this post and dang if that sandwich doesn't look exactly like what I was hankering for! Not fair to post things like that after I've just had to make do with the peanut butter and jelly thing!

Kora Bruce said...

How did I not see you there?? haha Perhaps the tons of people! But I took my daddy out there and we had the best time. Good to hear that you guys did too!

Eddie Bluelights said...

I am amazed how you fit it all in, Marguerite, and have time for blogging - really cool. Thanks for your lovely comment earlier re me and my angels ~ Eddie x

Marguerite said...

John- Actually I like Newcastle and Meantime (Chocolate and Pale Ale)! Glad you enjoyed the music. See my post, New Orleans Muffalettas, April, 09'.

Jeni- Occasionally I like a good
pb& j, too. but I would prefer a muffaletta! Can't blame you, there!
Thanks for visiting.

Kora- I was actually looking around for you. Glad that you and your Dad had fun. I enjoyed your very nice birthday tribute to your Dad, on your blog.

Marguerite said...

Eddie, Well, I go to everything, have lots of fun, and then come home and write about it, upload the pics and videos, then post. These are all things that I would be doing anyway, except the posting, but I love to write, so it's all fun to me! I know, it's such a tough life. lol

I enjoyed your angel post. You are too much, cher!!

Living on the Spit said...

I have not had a muffaletta in quite some time and that sammie just made my mouth water!!!

I must rectify this.

Mandy said...

My MIL was kind enough to bring me a muffaletta from Rouse's grocery when she visited over the weekend. It wasn't Central Grocery but still tasty. If I make it out to Lafayette again soon, I'll try your recommendation, thanks!

Marguerite said...

Hey Mandy, Just saw your comment! You're welcome, cher. So glad that you had a muffaletta. You can make your own. See my post on "New Orleans Muffalettas", May 18,09', for the recipe.

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