In case you didn’t already know, we are officially in gumbo season. Gumbo is a highlight of the wonderful Creole cuisine that is probably the best soup you will ever taste in your life. A strong stock filled with yummy meats, seafood, and vegetables, it’s only right that this signature dish of New Orleans has its own festival. To help celebrate the gumbo and magnificent food, music, and community culture, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival created Treme Creole Gumbo Festival. In its third year, Treme Creole Gumbo Festival will bring us all on a journey through New Orleans food and music on December 11-12 from 10:30 am to 6:00 pm at the Jazz & Heritage Center.
With four food vendors, you will be able to fill your tummy multiple times! Each vendor will bring out their own wonderful recipes of gumbo along with other food treats. Brocato’s Eat Dat will showcase its Dark Roux Gumbo with a tasty blend filled with chicken and sausage. Dunbar’s Creole Cooking will make you do a happy food dance with their crawfish rice and andouille & sausage gumbo. Prepare yourself for Jazzy Wings file gumbo and Caribbean jazz buffalo wings, which just may make you sing. You definitely don’t want to miss out on Miss Linda’s Creole Catering seafood gumbo. I will try not to stand at this booth and eat all the banana bread pudding. With Treme Creole Gumbo Festival, you get to taste a little of everything.
Holiday Shopping Opportunities Abound
While at the festival you can get some Christmas shopping done locally with over 30 local arts and crafts vendors. I’m looking forward to seeing Andrew Jackson Pollack’s Designs in Glass and the wonderful Shanga Beads by Debbie Rusher.
Don’t Forget the New Orleans Music!
The festival definitely wouldn’t be complete without music. To help work off all that gumbo we will consume, Kermit Ruffins & the BBQ Swingers will perform. One smile from Kermit Ruffins and any song from “Happy Talk” will brighten up the day and have us all dancing. If you don’t wear yourself out with Kermit’s performance you definitely will go into dance overload when Big Sam’s Funky Nation hits the stage. We will also get the chance to hear the smooth sounds of Trombonist Glen David Andrews and Trumpeter Shamarr Allen. Along with these great performances, such artists as The Preservation Hall Junior Jazz & Heritage Brass Band, Treme Brass Brand, Thais Clark, John Boutte, Heritage School of Music All Stars, and more will hit the stage.
Stir the Pot
The music, food and art are all things that help make up the gumbo of New Orleans culture and community. Prepare your tummy for delicious treats and prepare your feet for an awesome workout. You will find me in front by Kermit Ruffins’ performance dancing and eating crawfish rice.