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State of Louisiana
Creole Exhibit opens during the Okra Cook-Off, October 5
Press Release
Saturday, September 29, 2018

Just ask Christophe Landry the meaning of the term Creole, and you’re guaranteed an interesting and complex discussion.  Landry brings some of his work and discussion to the opening of his exhibit, Kouri Vini, at 7pm in the African American Museum in St. Martinville during the Okra Cook-Off on Oct 5.

The exhibit honors the Creole language, heritage and culture through a series of Louisiana maps plotting its historical development. 

Join us as we highlight that southern Louisiana phenomenon, okra, that cuts across the cultural divide with all of its wonderful smells in dishes such as gumbo and smothered okra!

The African American Museum kicks off the Okra Cook-Off at 6pm, right in front of the museum at 125 So. New Market St.   Everyone is invited to take part in the Cook-Off or just come out and taste some specialties of the region and some of the best food you`ve ever eaten!  Judging takes place at 8pm, and the awards ceremony follows at 9pm. 

An okra cook-off requires some Creole and Zydeco dancing music, DJ provided by Nedie Musical Productions from 6pm to 11pm!

Come a bit early, and join us as we welcome the Tour du Teche participants arriving in kayaks/canoes/pirogues between 2 and 10pm at the floating dock between Old Market St. and the Evangeline Oak.  DJ Bobby Clark plays music from 6pm to 11pm. 

Interested in taking part in the Cook-Off?!    Entry fee is $35.  Food and other vendors are also welcome for a fee of $40.   Forms are available on the City of St. Martinville Facebook page or by contacting City Hall at 337-394-2230 or the Tourism office at 337-394-2233.

Landry is no stranger to St. Martinville and the African American Museum.  In addition to his love and knowledge of many languages, he is well known around the world as a language, culture and human rights activist with multi-generational ties to French, Spanish and American Louisiana.  He counts a BA in Francophone Studies from ULL as well as a doctorate from the University of Sussex in England among his accomplishments.  His thesis is entitled, A Creole melting pot: the politics of language, race, and identity in southwest Louisiana, 1918-45.  

The 3rd Annual Tour du Teche is a multi-leveled canoe/kayak/pirogue race down the Bayou Teche.   Participants choose between several races of different lengths from Oct 5-7, 2018.  The Tour du Teche in its entirety covers 135 miles. 

The 1st stage of the Tour, along with the Acadian leg (49 miles), ends in St. Martinville on Oct. 5 between 2pm and 10pm.  The second stage, along with the Hot Sauce leg (24 miles), the Sugar (59 miles), and the Black Bear (35 miles) leave St. Martinville at 8am on Sat., Oct. 6.   

The Tour du Teche covers St. Landry, St. Martin, Iberia and St. Mary Parishes.   For more information on the Tour, visit their web site at

For more information on the Cook-Off and the exhibit, contact Danielle Fontenette at 337-394-2230 or at

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