Louisianans have a special place in their collective heart for boudin, but for tourists or newcomers, it can be a little intimidating. News 15’s Megan Woods relocated here just three months ago from Michigan and shares her experience on the Cajun Boudin Trail.
The Cajun Boudin Trail, created by Dr. Robert Carriker– also known as Dr. Boudin or The Godfather of Boudin– is all about sharing not just the taste of the cajun delicacy but the experience.
Dr. Robert Carriker, creator of The Cajun Boudin Trail said,” It’s not just good food I mean there’s a reason people bring it to weddings and at birthday parties and at graduations, have it at the offices it’s more than just being good it’s because it’s meaningful to people.”
Since he moved to the area from Washington state in 1997, Dr. Carriker has developed a boudin website, local cook-off, book and most recently the trail.
“The Cajun Boudin Trail website through the Lafayette convention visitors commission is set up really to map and show people all of the different places that sell homemade links of boudin within essentially it’s a 20 mile radius of Lafayette,” Carriker said.
Johnson’s Boucaniere is a stop on the trail that has historic roots. They started as Johnson Grocery in Eunice and back in the 1940s’ they were one of the first to sell boudin commercially.
Lori Walls, Owner of Johnson’s Boucaniere said,” I think sharing boudin through The Boudin Trail is really a way of sharing what it is to be cajun and it’s sharing our love for food our love for tradition and love for family.”
There’s another stop along the trail is Twins— home of the boudin king cake. It was, of course, Carriker’s idea proving there are a variety of ways to eat boudin.
Billy Gilbeaux, co-owner of twins said,”It’s not a sweet deal it’s our hamburger bun dough with boudin stuffed inside with bacon bits on the top. We have a little bottle of Steen syrup with it that you can drizzle on the top of it.”
Carriker believes boudin is just part of life here in acadiana.
You can explore The Cajun Boudin Trail at http://www.lafayettetravel.com/discover-lafayette/boudin-trail/