NEW IBERIA, La. --- The world-famous literary Detective Dave Robicheaux, created by author James Lee Burke, is coming home to Iberia Parish with his second festival.
The official Dave Robicheaux's Hometown Literary Festival: Celebrating Storytellers from Iberia and Beyond will be held March 31 - April 2, 2017, in New Iberia's historic district and around Iberia Parish.
Friday kicks off with "Tin Roof Throwdown" featuring cooking demos by three world famous culinary geniuses: Cane River Pecan, Konriko Rice Mill and Tabasco. That afternoon, guided Dave Robicheaux motor coach tours start participants off with lunch at Dave's favorite diner, Victor's Cafeteria and then a tour around Iberia Parish to visit locations like New Iberia's Main Street, the Teche Motel, Iberia Parish Courthouse and the Bayou Teche. Writing workshops for aspiring authors will also be held.
Friday night gets moving with "Bayou City Jam," a pig-roast party at the Shadows-on-the-Teche, where a jazz band will serenade guests as they dine on the grounds of this National Trust plantation home. So, prepare your best Cajun accent and outfit and we'll see y'all there, cher!
Saturday starts with the Neon Rain 5K Run, followed by a University of Louisiana at Lafayette Academic Symposium featuring Burke scholar
, and an author/publisher roundtable. Iberia Performing Arts League actors will perform reader's theater of a Dave Robicheaux novel. Award winning Southern writer
will also give a presentation that afternoon.
At "Eat With Clete" there will be live music and Cajun delicacies in Bouligny Plaza. Books Along the Teche will hold an author fair and book signing along Main Street. Bourée lessons and a tournament will also take place. The Friday motor coach tour of Dave's favorite haunts will be repeated on Saturday, complete with lunch at Victor's.
On Saturday evening "Black Cherry Boogie" will showcase Cajun food and music for a good ol' fais-do-do. Grab a drink and stroll down Main Street to see why Dave Robicheaux always wanted to come back home.
During the weekend, the Grand Theater will show several free screenings of "In the Electric Mist" starring Tommy Lee Jones.
On Sunday, Batiste's Bayou Teche Adventure Boat Tours will launch out of New Iberia City Park. The afternoon will culminate with a free Symphony Sunday in the Park featuring the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra under the live oaks of New Iberia's City Park.
Dave Robicheaux's Hometown Literary Festival invites all literary lovers to stop by Iberia Parish for a great time.
for the full schedule of events and tickets.