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Jazz in the Park Treme Crab Festival

Treme Crab Festival happens March 30 – April 2 in Louis Armstrong Park to celebrate these curious and delicious crustaceans.

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Armstrong Park. (Photo: Rebecca Ratliff)

In New Orleans, we jump at any chance to celebrate the bounty of seafood available to us year-round. Crawfish boils, New Orleans Oyster Festival, Louisiana Seafood Festival… and now, Jazz in the Park Treme Crab Festival. This four-day festival happens March 30 – April 2 in Louis Armstrong Park to celebrate these curious and delicious crustaceans.

The entrance to Armstrong Park at dusk. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

treme Crab Festival

What will I see, hear, and eat?

The festival will be free for entry except for a ticketed concert featuring musicians Michael Franks and Roy Ayers on Friday, March 31 from 4:30 – 8:00 p.m. (tickets available for purchase here). On all other days, you can expect free music and food vendors selling crab-focused goodies like crab and crawfish mac and cheese from Food Drunk food truck, Miss Linda’s crab dressing, hot boiled crabs from Louisiana Direct Seafood, and smoked soft shell crab sandwiches from Brugger’s BBQ (plus much more). One-of-a-kind local artwork will be available for purchase as well.

A fried softshell crab at Antoine’s. (Courtesy photo)

What kinds of crabs?

Louisiana is known for its blue crabs, which have a sweet, delicate flavor and are enjoyed sitting pretty atop steaks in fancy restaurants or cracked open amongst friends and family during backyard boils. Blue crab season in Louisiana lasts all year long, but the warmer months (May through October) are the peak. The highly sought-after soft shell crabs are blue crabs that have temporarily molted their hard shells and are more abundant in the springtime. They have a very buttery taste, and because there’s no shell, you can eat the entire thing. Ask anyone from New Orleans, and they’ll confirm that there are few things in life better than a fried soft shell crab drizzled with meuniere sauce.

Emily Smith is a native New Orleanian and Uptowner who loves sharing her passion for food with others. When she’s not blogging about culinary adventures, she can be found snapping food photos, running alongside the streetcars on St. Charles Avenue, or hovering over a steaming hot bowl of phở at her favorite Vietnamese restaurant. She also firmly believes that nothing says, “I love you” like a dozen... donuts. Follow her on Instagram at @fleurdelicious_nola

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