New TABASCO® Bus Tour New Orleans’ Hottest Attraction



         It’s about 2 ½ hours from New Orleans to Avery Island, home of the world famous TABASCO® sauce and its brands, museum and visitor center, cooking classes and culinary tours, restaurant and Jungle Gardens.

         Now, a round trip bus tour beginning and ending in New Orleans can bring you and well-seasoned tourists door to door, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, departing from the Basin Street Station, 501 Basin St., at 8:30 a.m.

         “We’re really excited about this new opportunity to share our unique experience with the residents and visitors of New Orleans,” Angie Schaubert, Tabasco Brand sales manager, said.

         For $65 visitors get round trip transportation to Avery Island, entry for the newly expanded TABASCO® Factory tour, the updated Jungle Gardens tour of the 170-acre semitropical preserve with abundant bird and wildlife and a centuries-old Buddha statue and lunch at Restaurant 1868.

         The tour bus takes I-10 W, to I-310 S, onto LA Hwy. 90 W, to LA Hwy. 329 until it dead-ends at the Avery Island tollgate.

         Once there, disembark and take in the flavorful history that dates back almost 150 years when Edmund McIlhenny, a former banker, first planted his Capsicum Frutescens pepper seeds in the rich soil of Avery Island. Five generations later, the company’s TABASCO® brand Original Red Sauce, made from fully aged red peppers, salt from Avery Island and high-quality, distilled vinegar, is still a table staple at practically every New Orleans restaurant and around the world. TABASCO® brand varieties including Original Red, Green Jalapeno, Chipotle, Buffalo Style, Habanero, Garlic Pepper, SWEET & Spicy and Sriracha are the compound’s main pungent and piquant attractions.

         There’s also TABASCO® brand Bloody Mary mixes, marinades and condiments, chili starters, salsas, pepper jellies and Hot & Spicy Cheez-its, cookbooks, shirts, caps, ties, aprons, chili pepper lights, posters and pens.

         “Swamp and plantation home tours out of New Orleans have always been a wonderful excursion for visitors because they’re within an hour’s distance of the city,” Iberia Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Executive Director Fran Thibodeaux said. “A tour from New Orleans, Louisiana’s number one destination, to Avery Island is the trip across the bridge we've hoped for and is a wonderful addition to McIlhenny Company’s newly expanded offerings. The exposure the tour will bring to Iberia Parish is exciting as well, and referrals from tour participants will be priceless in future promotions.”

         Half of TABASCO®’s 200 employees live on Avery Island, and if you’re lucky enough to engage in a zesty conversation, they’ll probably tell you stories about their parents and grandparents who also lived and worked there over the years. Anthony “Tony” Simmons is the current President and CEO of TABASCO® and is the seventh McIlhenny in a chain of direct descendants who have strived to keep the company’s savory sauces rooted in family tradition.

         TABASCO® brands are sold in more than 180 countries and territories and proudly display lively labels in 22 languages and dialects.

         While exploring New Iberia, make sure to catch the upcoming Festival of Live Oaks, Saturday, March 18, at New Iberia City Park, 300 Parkview Dr., from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., for a barbecue cook-off, an Easter egg hunt, pictures with the Easter bunny, crafts and sweets booths, a live fitness demonstration, face painting, a petting zoo, train and pony rides, fun jumps and live music by Donna Angelle, Straight Whiskey and Louisiana Kids.

         On Saturday, April 1, enjoy the Jolie Blon’s Book Fair in conjunction with Dave Robicheaux’s Hometown Literary Festival from Friday, March 31, through Sunday, April 2. The literary festival honors Iberia authors and James Lee Burke's legendary literary character, Dave Robicheaux, and his hometown. Events include storytelling, workshops, an academic symposium, theatrical vignettes, music, local cuisine, Dave Robicheaux tours, boat tours, an art exhibit and a 5K.

         To celebrate the Lao New Year with the largest Lao community in Louisiana, visit Lanexang Village from Friday, April 14 – Sunday, April 16, for a three-day festival that includes live music, a beauty pageant, parades, sand castle building, kids activities and several vendors selling clothes, jewelry, music and food from Southeast Asia.

 

TABASCO®  Round Trip Bus Tour Reservations

(337) 373-6139
countrystore@tabasco.com
www.tabasco.com

 

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