Last month, broke the news that Lafayette was named a finalist in Rand McNally’s summer competition to find the best small towns in America. Rand McNally has announced that Lafayette won the 'Best for Food' competition.

In May, over 20,000 people nominated more than 600 towns from across the country in five categories. Lafayette was selected as one of the top six in the “Best for Food” category and moved on to the finals of the competition, and was the only city in Louisiana to be named a finalist in the competition.

Earlier this month, the judges for the food category visited Lafayette as part of a road trip to the six finalist cities. Jim and Bonnie Parr (nicknamed The Fun Finders) spent about 40 hours in Lafayette and visited more than 10 local restaurants. In the winning announcement, Rand McNally said that the judges identified Lafayette’s food as “flavorful, not hot or spicy” and that they enjoyed the dessert of “Cajun dancing.”

“Thanks to all our partners, from LCVC and Chef Patrick Mould, as well as local restaurants and others, who participated in helping us show the judges what great food Lafayette has to offer,” said City-Parish President Joey Durel in a statement. “The exposure that winning this award will give to our restaurants and to our tourism industry over the next several years will be wonderful. Once again, we are glad that the rest of the country has an opportunity to learn what we already know, Lafayette has the best food around.“

“We are very excited for Lafayette to be named Best for Food in Rand McNally’s Best of the Road contest. The quality of our local restaurants is one of the main reasons people visit and now we have the bragging rights to back it up,” said LCVC Executive Director Gerald Breaux.

The winning towns were announced today in New Orleans at the Destination Marketing Associations International conference. Lafayette is featured in USA Today.  The winning towns will also be featured in the 2013 Rand McNally Road Atlas and can currently be viewed on the website

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