Remember we mentioned New Orleans's Season of Festivals last month? Well it's about to really take off this weekend, with the first weekend of Jazz Fest starting tomorrow! Since tramping around in the heat and mud and waiting in line for food, bathrooms, and access to the Tom Petty stage can get a little overwhelming, the Southern Food & Beverage Museum is here to offer a cool respite when you need to take a break.
We've got a great line up of programs for both weekends of Jazz Fest, kicking off tonight with a tasting session of Madeira wine tonight lead by an expert wine drinker and a producer of the wine. This Saturday, we're welcoming Chef Badr Fayez to the kitchen to demonstrate a few truly unique Middle Eastern dishes, and access to the museum will be free during the demo thanks to the Middle East Institute. Just RSVP here to secure your spot.
Next weekend we're keeping the fun going with an introduction to our newly refreshed La Galerie de l'Absinthe, complete with dripped absinthe served by the collection's owner, Ray Bordelon. Taste a sip and chat with Ray from 12 PM to 3 PM to learn more about this infamous drink. Anytime the museum's open, don't forget you can also enjoy a delicious cocktail or meal from Toups South as you explore the exhibits. Let's review--air conditioning, no line for food or drink, and educational programs? Don't miss out!
And don't forget, Give NOLA Day is smack dab in the middle of the festivities. On Tuesday, May 2, 2017 from 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM, you can give to the Southern Food & Beverage Museum and be part of a day of philanthropy for New Orleans non-profits. Every gift helps us reach our goal of $5000, and it all goes to support our mission of celebrating Southern Food, Southern Drinks, and Culinary Culture. Learn more and donate here.