FEASTival of Delights: Festival food with international flair

This year’s Virtual Festival International features the FEASTival challenge. Pick up punch cards at participating restaurants and eat your way around the globe. Three lucky foodies will win prize packs stuffed with coupons and other goodies. It’s a great way to support local restaurants after a tough year and enjoy one of the best aspects of Festival International — the food. The celebration wouldn’t be the same without the international dishes that accompany FIL’s world of music, so here are some great plates to try on your way to becoming FEAStival’s Best Foodie. 

Sushi Sandwich with Togarashi Frites

Make a stop in Japan for Tsunami’s sushi sandwich. Tuna, snow crab, and furikake rice seasoning layered on nori and drizzled with sweet/spicy aioli and tsunami sauce. Served with a side of buttered togarashi frites.

Tsunami Sushi 
412 Jefferson Street
(337) 234-3474

Kofta Kebab

A traditional Mediterranean dish cooked in a clay pot, these beef meatball skewers are simmered in tomato sauce and dipped in tahini. Perfect for holding while dancing in your backyard.  

Baba Kabab
3809 Ambassador Caffery Parkway
(337) 345-1578

Crawfish & Andouille Paella

Strolling down Jefferson Street during real-life Festival International demands a stop at Pamplona for sangria and paella. This garlic-filled rice dish is inspired by Spain’s national dish but with a Cajun twist: it’s served with crawfish, andouille & mushrooms

Pamplona Tapas Bar & Restaurant
631 Jefferson Street
(337) 232-0070

Photo by Carter Liles

Cuban Rêve-olution

Cuba is well-represented each year at Festival, so it’s only natural to give it a nod with a Cuban sandwich. Rêve’s version is heaped with pulled pork and topped with sliced ham, Swiss cheese, house-made pickles, mustard and sriracha mayo and hot pressed between Langlinais’ poboy buns.

Rêve Coffee Roasters
200-A Jefferson Street
(337) 534-8336


Empanadas come from Spain but are part of cuisines all over Latin America, the Philippines and Southern Europe. Wherever they come from, we’re here to eat them! At Tula Tacos + Amigos, you can choose from fried turnovers stuffed with carnitas or a veggie option: corn maque choux with cheese. 

Tula Tacos + Amigos
427 Jefferson Street
(337) 534-0517