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Jazz Fest Food: A Guide to Eating Gluten-Free

If you’re eating gluten-free at Jazz Fest, there are plenty of delicious options to choose from including sausage, shrimp & grits and gelato.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is in full swing and in between dancing, shopping the crafts, and soaking up the sunshine, there’s a lot of eating to be done. The food is glorious, all of it, and for those of us who must eat gluten-free, it is no less so. As a celiac, I have done the hard work for you, navigating the delicious options and putting together a gluten free fest food list.

Though the news is good, please remember that gumbo is almost always made with a roux (wheat flour and oil), fryers may be used to cook foods that are coated in bread crumbs, and cross-contamination may be an issue, period. In that case there is fresh fruit, Mango Freeze, sorbetto & gelato, Strawberry Lemonade, and cooling iced teas. For those looking for gluten free goodness on the second weekend of Jazz Fest, follow our guide. Happy Festing and feasting!

Gluten-Free Food at Jazz Fest

The Shrimp and Grits from Fireman Mike’s! (Photo by Sally Tunmer)

FOOD AREA I – Fruit Salad; Fresh Squeezed Lemonade, boiled crawfish and boudin (careful here, some seasonings are not gluten-free), corn on the cob, potato salad, Shrimp & Grits, Mango Freeze, Iced teas.

FOOD AREA II – Iced, frozen & hot coffee, Gyro plate and Greek Garden Salad, Tagine of Lamb (Lamb Stew w/ Basmati Rice) and Merguez (Grilled Lamb Sausage), Grilled Chicken Livers w/ Pepper Jelly, Crowder Peas & Okra, Collard Greens; Cracklins and Fried Sweet Potato Chips, Tacos on corn tortillas.

The Bennachin combo plate at Jazz Fest! (Photo by Brooke Neal)

CONGO SQUARE – Jama-Jama (Sautéed Spinach), Fried Plantains, Poulet Fricassee (Chicken on a Stick), Steamed Vegetables, Snoballs, Strawberry Lemonade.

HERITAGE SQUARE – Goi Cuon (Spring Roll) and Cha Gio (Vietnamese Egg Roll) without chili sauce or sriracha; Iced coffee; Iced tea.

AROUND THE GROUNDS – Coconut macaroon, artisan gelato & sorbetto, peanuts, chocolate dipped strawberries, Mango Freeze, Snoballs.

GRANDSTAND – Fresh shucked oysters.

KIDS AREA – Crispy Rice Treats, Mini Corn on the cob, peanuts, popcorn, Huckabuck Frozen Cups.

Lorin Gaudin has been a New Orleans-based food writer for 20 years. Recently diagnosed with celiac disease, she doesn’t let the condition eat her. Instead, Lorin transferred her food, dining and drinking passion into the gluten-free world, continuing her quest for finding fabulous restaurants, delicious dishes, cocktails, and food products. Follow along on her blog “My Stupid Stomach,” as she chases down the what, where and edible that’s gluten-free in the 504.