St. Landry Parish, LA

St. Landry Parish, LA

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Here in the heart of Cajun Country, we host a wide range of events and activities for residents and visitors alike. Enjoy your stay in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana. This printable listing of events was generated on www.cajuntravel.com!

Chicken & Sausage Gumbo

Gumbo

What is Gumbo?

Gumbo is a dish that originated in southern Louisiana from the Louisiana Creole people during the 18th century. It typically consists primarily of a strongly-flavored stock, okra, meat or shellfish, a thickener, and seasoning vegetables, which can include celery, bell peppers, and onions. 

Gumbo is often categorized by the type of thickener used: the African vegetable okra, the Choctaw spice filé powder (dried and ground sassafras leaves, or roux, the French base made of flour and fat. The dish likely derived its name from either the Bantu word for okra (ki ngombo) or the Choctaw word for filé (kombo).

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo Recipe.

Culinary History

As St. Landry Parish is the site of one of the oldest European settlements in Louisiana, le Poste des Opélousas, an administrative territory established by the French in 1720, its' cuisine naturally reflects its dramatic history and diverse cultures. Home of the Opelousas Indians, the district was larger than some European empires of the day. By 1791, the military outpost had been governed by the French and the Spanish, and was also settled by some English, Scotch, Irish and German colonists, as well as a group of Acadian exiles who managed to find their way to the lush and fertile lands of the district. 

They found the area perfect for agriculture and raising cattle and the government post soon developed as a commercial center serving their farms and plantations. Men and women of African heritage began arriving in the 1700s as slaves with the first Europeans and in the late 1700s as gens de couleur libres or free people of color.

With this in mind, one might best describe the history of St. Landry Parish’s cuisine as that of a cultural gumbo!

Where to find gumbo in St. Landry Parish

Every last Saturday in January, The Annual Gumbo Cook-Off takes place in Opelousas where at home chefs compete for the paddle! 

Grand Coteau

Opelousas

Sunset

Eunice

Port Barre

Arnaudville

Washington