October 9, Day 60 Morgan City to New Iberia, LA
We drove a short 72 miles to New Iberia to a fairly new RV park, the Cajun RVera RV Resort. After setting up camp, we drove to the visitor’s center for information on what to see in the area.
From the visitor’s center we drove to Avery Island and toured the Tabasco Factory. Tabasco sauce is a brand of hot sauce made exclusively from tabasco peppers, vinegar and salt. It is produced by the family owned McIlhenny Company of Louisiana. Tabasco sauce was first produced in 1868 by Edmund McIlhenny on Avery Island. Initially he bottled his sauce and distributed it to family and friends. In 1868 he started to sell to the public. The peppers are crushed and a little salt, that is mined on Avery Island, is added. The mash is stored and ferments for three years in whiskey barrels after which vinegar is added and the sauce is bottled. Initially the peppers were grown on Avery Island but know only the seed crops are grown on Avery Island. The production peppers are grown in South America and shipped to Avery Island for processing. Currently they bottle about 700,000 bottles of Tabasco a day for distribution in 100 countries in 19 different languages. The tour consists of a movie explaining the process of producing the sauce followed by a tour of the bottling line.
This evening we went to dinner at Landry”s restaurant; I had frog legs and listen to Cajun music.
October 10, 2015 Day 61 Lafayette, LA
Drove 20 miles west to Lafayette, LA and visited the Acadian Culture Center and watched a movie on the exile of the Acadians from Nova Scotia to Louisiana in 1764. We then went to the Acadian music Festival in down town Lafayette; they are celebrating their 250th year in Louisiana. There were several music venues with people dancing as well as lots of food booths sell all manner of Cajun food. We stayed for about 3 hours before returning to the motorhomes.