One of Breaux Bridge’s main attractions is its cuisine. Authentic Cajun and Creole cuisine is an incredible fusion of flavors, and crawfish is the celebrated centerpiece of local cooking. Breaux Bridge’s restaurants were the first to offer crawfish openly on their menus, and it was here that the now world-famous crawfish étouffée was created. Breaux Bridge became so well known for its crawfish farming and cooking that, in honor of its centennial celebration in 1959, the Louisiana legislature officially designated Breaux Bridge as “la capitale Mondiale de l’ecrevisse” – “The Crawfish Capital of the World.”

Since this designation, the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival Association has hosted the annual crawfish festival, recognized as one of the state’s finest annual events.

Today, more than 1,600 farmers produce crawfish, utilizing over 111,000 acres of man-made ponds, and the once insignificant crustacean has become a multimillion-dollar industry. Louisiana is the largest producer of crawfish in the world, and St. Martin Parish (in which Breaux Bridge is located) produces the most crawfish in the state. It also has the most crawfish acreage in the eight-parish area known as Acadiana.

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