Brunch to raise funds for the historic alternative of the Black Sugar Cane Festival to the Brown Sugar Festival

Fundraising has never been so good.

Brown Sugar Brunch, an event hosted at New Iberia, will help raise funds for the upcoming annual Brown Sugar Festival. Envision da Berry will also host brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 121 Julia St on Saturday.

The festival, to be held on September 25, is an interpretation of the 1950s event hosted by the black community of Iberia Parish alongside the Sugar Cane Festival. Intended to showcase the ‘economic, civil and cultural contributions of the West End’, the festival is a musical and artistic event.

“The Brown Sugar Music Festival wants to expose the people of the West End, and by effect, New Iberia and Iberia Parish, to a variety of humanities rarely seen in this geographic area,” as stated on the Envision da Berry website. “In return, we would also like to expose the culture that has been missed and the future potential of the West End to the rest of the world. “

The festival, to be held on September 25, is an interpretation of the 1950s event hosted by the black community of Iberia Parish alongside the Sugar Cane Festival.  Intended to highlight the "economic, civil and cultural contributions of the West End," the festival is a musical and artistic event according to the Envision da Berry website.

The brunch will feature food, art, music, mimosas and a visual presentation “Brown Sugar Memories” tracing the history of Brown Sugar at New Iberia according to a press release from the Iberia Parish Convention and Visitors Office.

Tickets cost $ 30 and are available here. More information on supplier availability and sponsorship is available on the Envision da Berry website, envision-da-berry-2.square.site.

Couzine’s Kitchen and Catering brunch menu includes:

  • Crayfish pie with stewed filling
  • Baked Catfish
  • Fresh Garden Salad
  • Bread pudding with rum sauce
  • Homemade pecan pie
  • Mango infused black tea
  • Fresh mint lemonade
  • Optional wine

The Brown Sugar Festival was brought back in 2019. Due to the pandemic, the event was suspended in 2020. Fundraising to ensure the festival’s success this year is mainly shaped through events organized by Envision da Berry.

In addition to brunch, Envision da Berry also hosts a flea market fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 520 South Hopkins Street in New Iberia on the second Saturday of each month until September 11.

Envision da Berry is a New Iberia-based nonprofit that works to “spark partnerships that advance a brighter vision for Iberia Parish” according to the Envision da Berry Facebook page.

“We are looking to prepare the welcome mat for the ‘lost generations’ of Iberia Parish to return home and participate in the evolution of the creative economy,” the Facebook page said. “We are looking to create creative opportunities, establish cultural resources and breathe new life into this place in time for the next generation.”

Contact Victoria Dodge at [email protected] or on Twitter @Victoria_Dodge


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