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Roux Dat: New Orleans’ Treme Creole Gumbo Festival

The 2012 Treme Creole Gumbo Festival in New Orleans at Armstrong Park will have different restaurants’ takes on gumbo plus an all brass band music lineup!

Every culture has that food that is made by every family, each in their own individual way. It’s the food that you can never get in restaurants like you can get at home, and the only thing people can agree to not disagree about is that the answer to the question “Who makes it best?” is always “My mama.”  For New Orleans, there’s no argument: that food is gumbo.

Treme Creole Gumbo Festival

With its complex, rich starting base (“how dark do you make your roux?”), the panoply of ingredients you can add (is chicken and andouille the only “authentic” way, or is seafood the way to go?), and don’t even get us started on file (to add or not to add, that is the question), gumbo comes in every shape and flavor of lip-smacking satisfaction. Now, you could, of course, travel round for years to multiple New Orleans homes and restaurants to sample gumbo styles across the board. Too complicated? Sounds like the Treme Creole Gumbo Festival is just the thing for you.

dirty dozen brass band new orleans
See the Dirty Dozen Brass Band play on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 6:00 p.m.!

This year the historic neighborhood of Treme celebrates its bicentennial, or as I like to call it, its 200th birthday. And Treme is lookin’ better than ever for being all of 200 years old. The Treme Creole Gumbo Festival will feature an all brass band line-up, including favorites Soul Rebels, the Dirty Dozen, the Hot 8, and the Stooges, plus an arts market featuring neighborhood artists, plus of course, gumbo! Sample flavors from restaurants across the City, including Lil’ Dizzy’s and Dunbar’s Creole Cooking, and sip a cool beer as you enjoy the sights, sounds, and most of all, tastes of this neighborhood that’s been a preeminent birthplace of New Orleans food, culture, music, and heritage for as long as we’ve been around.

Lagniappe: Ready to check out Treme’s culinary pleasures before the Gumbo Festival? Check out Eater NOLA’s Nine Places To Hit Up For the Tremé Bicentennial.

Treme Creole Gumbo Festival
November 10-11
Armstrong Park

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