Detective Dave Robicheaux
The world-famous Detective Dave Robicheaux, created by New York Times bestselling author James Lee Burke, is coming home to Iberia Parish, Louisiana with his second festival, Dave Robicheaux’s Hometown Literary Festival: Celebrating Storytellers from Iberia & Beyond.
The festival will be held March 31 – April 2, 2017 predominately in New Iberia’s Historic District, but will also have events around Iberia Parish.
Cooking Demos and Jazz Jam
Friday kicks off with “Tin Roof Throwdown” featuring cooking demos by three word famous culinary geniuses: Cane River Pecans, 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. Then a tour around Iberia Parish to visit locations like New Iberia’s Main Street, the Teche Motel, Parish Courthouse and the Bayou Teche. Guided tours of Dave’s Domain will be offered all weekend. Participants are taken to various locations from the series and movies. “Last Tour to Elysian Fields” is a great way to see Iberia Parish the way Burke describes in his eloquent and vivid descriptions.
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 Historic Register plantation home.
Storytellers and Cajun Delicacies
Saturday starts with the Neon Rain 5K Run, followed by a University of Louisiana at Lafayette Academic Symposium with panel discussions. Iberia Performing Arts League actors will perform vignettes with actor interpretations of a Dave Robicheaux novel, as well as other literary-based one-act plays.
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. Local storytellers will offer readings of their works,. Bourée lessons and a bourée tournament will also take place. Saturday evening will showcase Cajun food and blues at the “Black Cherry Boogie.”
During the weekend, the Grand Theater will show In the Electric Mist, starring Tommy Lee Jones. Guided Dave Robicheaux tours will bring participants around Iberia Parish to visit locations like New Iberia’s Main Street, Victor’s Cafeteria, and Bayou Teche.
Symphony Sunday in the Park
Sunday 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.
For RV accommodations, Iberia Parish has lots of options. hotels are abundant with most right off of Hwy. 14, and the B&Bs are like your own home away from home in Cajun Country. Visit IberiaTravel.com/Where-Stay for more information.
The annual Dave Robicheaux Literary Festival invites all literary lovers to stop by Iberia Parish for a great time.
Please note that James Lee Burke will not be in attendance as he will be out of state during the festival. For more information visit, IberiaTravel.com/Dave-Robicheaux-Literary-Festival or DaveRobicheauxLiteraryFestival.com.