The area boasts a number of historical sites. Several are the reconstructed Acadian Village in Van Buren, Musee Culturel du Mont-Carmel, a former Catholic church in Lille, and the Acadian Landing site in Madawaska.
The region is home to numerous families that trace their roots to Acadia and Quebec. They speak a dialect of Old French peculiar to 17th and 18th century France that is interspersed with nautical words and expressions from their ancestral seafaring past. It is not uncommon to also use English words while conversing in their unique tongue.
A popular local delicacy are ployes made of buckwheat flour, wheat flour, baking soda and water. These can range from crepe-like thinness to a griddle cake thickness. They are eaten with cretons (pork spread), maple syrup, jellies, etc. They can take the place of bread at any meal and are great with backed beans to chicken stew.
There are numerous festivals and celebrations every year that should not be missed. The area will play host to the 2014 World Acadian Congress, along with Northwestern New Brunswick and the Temiscouta area of Quebec, Canada. Over 50,000 visitors are expected during three week in August of 2014 that will include over 100 family reunions.
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