Friday, September 25, 2015 (6:00 pm to 8:30 pm)

Trail Feather Festival Art Gala at the Bayou Teche Brewery!

We are fortunate to have a nationally known artist, Bryan Lafaye, creating the festival artwork this year.  Bryan is a former director of the University Art Museum at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette.  His work reflects the spirit of the Louisiana’s natural world and compliments the ecological mission of the TECHE Project.  On September 25th, we will be unveiling Bryan’s original artwork commemorating the 4th Annual Trail Feather Festival.  After the art unveiling, a silent auction of this special art piece will commence.  Proceeds from the auction will go toward building the Bayou Teche National Paddle Trail.

Come join us for an elegant evening at the brewery.  Sample delicious appetizers paired with local brews in your personal LA-31 Snifter.  Live music, a brewery tour, advanced sales of the 2015 SLEMCO Trail Feather Festival Pin, and door prizes are all part of the event.  Casual Dressy attire and there will be a $12 charge at the door to cover expenses.  Come be a Who’s Who at the Brew!


Shake Your Trail Feather” is an annual musical event celebrating the 130-mile-long Bayou Teche National Paddle Trail.  The festival is free but we encourage you to buy a festival pin and merchandise to help our cause.  Proceeds from the festival are used to provide paddle-trail amenities and management.

The  festival is held annually on the 3rd Saturday in October at Parc des Ponts de Pont Breaux (Bridge Park) in Breaux Bridge.  The event includes live performances, and dancing occurs on a moored swing bridge, circa 1860.  We also have a Heritage Stage featuring an acoustic sets, demonstrations, and historical and cultural discussions centering around life on Bayou Teche.

On October 17, 2015, the TECHE Project will host the 4rd annual Shake Your Trail Feather Festival in Breaux Bridge at Parc des Ponts de Pont Breaux.  The festival will begin at 11:30 am and run until 6pm.  The festival gets kicked off with a set by the St. Bernard School children (11:30 to Noon).  Additionally, musicians David Greely and Megan Brown (Cajun folklore- Noon to 1 pm), the Magnolia Sisters (Gramy nominated-Cajun 1:30pm to 3:30pm), and Horace Trahan and the Ossun Express (Creole/Zydeco – 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm) will play on the circa 1860 bridge moored on the bayou bank.  The Heritage Stage will include historical/cultural interviews with boat builders on the Teche, a premiere of Charles Richard’s documentary about wooden boat builders “In the Mind of the Maker” and demonstrations on boat carving.

Cajun Paddle will be partnering to host a “Paddle to the Party”.   Kayaks and canoes will paddle 2 hours from Poche Bridge to the park with a floating band escort (10:00 am to Noon).  TRAIL is partnering to host the “Trail Feathers” bike event (registration on Eventbrite –7:00 am to 11:00 am), which has 3 different bike routes, and they all have an option to peddle and paddle with the Cajun Paddle crew.  We encourage folks to come adorned in feathers and compete for the Best Bird Prize.  There will be artisans, several kid’s activities, face painting, food and beverages, and a kayak donated by Pack and Paddle (Jackson Journey) will be auctioned (5:00 pm).  Proceeds from the festival go toward building the National Bayou Teche Paddle Trail, so come join the fun, and Shake Your Trail Feathers for a good cause!

For more information on the festival, bike ride, and paddle excursion, contact Patti Holland at 337-277-4645

Many thanks to our 2015 Festival Sponsors!

Major Contributors:  FM Bank, Courtesy Ford, Pack and Paddle, Russell’s Food Center, Tour du Teche, SLEMCO, Bayou Teche Brewery, Hub City Diner, Rocky’s Bayou Cabins, Myrans Maison de Manger, St. Martin Tourism Office, Breaux Bridge Chamber of Commerce, City of Breaux Bridge, and the St Bernard School.

Other Generous Contributors:  Doug Ashey, Little Big Cup, Clementines Retaurant, Poches Meat Market, Silver Slipper Restaurant, Pats Restaurant, The Little Paintbrush, Tractor Supply, and TRAIL.