The Season of Festivals

While the rest of the world seems to be coming out of winter hibernation, New Orleans is already onto the second major season of the area: festival. With St. Joseph's Day and Super Sunday just behind us, Hogs for the Cause kicking off this Friday,  French Quarter Fest is coming up next weekend, Crawfest will be held at Tulane on April 22, and, of course, we're all counting down the days until the crown jewel in our season, Jazz Fest at the end of the month. These festivals highlight the best of New Orleans with music, food, and (mostly) good spring weather. There's always something happening during Festival Season, so be sure to check some of our recommendations for finding the latest information at the end of the post.

This year, the Southern Food & Beverage Museum is jumping into the fray with the Taste of Louisiana Festival. Holly Barrett, our Director of Outreach and Adventures, realized that there are so many culinary producers in the state of Louisiana, but no way to spotlight them all in one place. This celebration takes place on Saturday, April 1 from 12:30 PM to 5:00 PM, and will feature over 40 of LA's native products, from beer to spirits, from chocolate to caviar, from baked goods to preserves. We're excited to give these local culinary companies a platform to showcase their amazing products, and we hope you'll be able to join us to sample all of the goodies! See the full list of participants and get your tickets here.

SoFAB is also looking forward to hosting the inaugural championship of the Red Beans Parade's Bean Madness on Sunday afternoon.  The challenge started soon after Mardi Gras (how this krewe was able to get up and running so soon after Mardi Gras is definitely a mystery!), with 64 restaurants chosen to represent their red beans and rice in a bracket challenge to rival the basketball March Madness. From tastings and voting around the city, the final two will be sampled out, and the winner will be crowned. Join in the fun and know that your vote counts---more information can be found here.

A Few Good Resources

  • Food recommendations: NOLA.com often has a comprehensive list of food vendors at festivals and their favorites. Just check the Festival section of the site here.
  • Eater.com is always on top of the best food stories
  • After-hours Jazz Fest music guides: JazzFestGrids.com
  • All the food festivals: New Orleans CVB