Wednesday night droves of hungry folks packed the Heymann Performing Arts Center for the 9th annual Taste of Lafayette. The event serves as the kickoff party that begins the two month long EatLafayette campaign.
"We started off with 18 restaurants nine years ago. We have 75 with us this year. Great specials in all the restaurants great off the menu items they don't normally do" said Charley Goodson.
Charley Goodson owner of Charley G's restaurant was one of the creators of EatLafayette. He says the campaign helps smaller local restaurants get their name out in the community.
"We are where we eat and where we shop, so we're shopping local and dining local. That's our culture here"
One of those restaurants is the Rusted Rooster. Who serve breakfast and lunch right across from LCG headquarters on St. Landry.
"Advertising is a big expense and something like this that gets a lot of restaurants together really promotes the local economy. It's good to be apart of" said John Bienvenu.
This is their first year being involved, as their restaurant has only been around for under a year.
"Talked about how big of a success it was and how much it really drove sales and new faces into the restaurant when they asked to be apart of eat EatLafayette of course we jumped at it"
Meanwhile places like Country Cuisine has been apart of EatLafayette for a while, but Wednesday's event helped them get the word out about their new location on North University.
"Just having all the people enjoy my food. I have Zydeco green beans and BBQ ribs" said Rita Williams.
EatLafayette runs until Labor Day.