Friday, February 24, 2017

Robicheaux festival lineup announced

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 Storytellersfrom Iberia and Beyond will be 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 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. Saturday starts with the Neon Rain 5K Run, followed by a University of Louisiana at Lafayette Academic Symposium featuring Burke scholar Patricia Gaitely, and an author/publisher roundtable. Iberia Performing Arts League actors will perform reader's theater of a Dave Robicheaux novel. Award winning Southern writer Margaret Wrinkle 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.

For more information, contact Cathy Indest, (337) 298-7964, or visit and

Cheré Coen is the author of “Forest Hill, Louisiana: A Bloom Town History,” “Haunted Lafayette, Louisiana” and “Exploring Cajun Country” by the History Press. She writes Louisiana romances and mysteries under the pen name of Cherie Claire. Write her at