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Last Weekend in New Orleans: Jazz Fest, Weekend 1

Last weekend marked the start of the 43rd annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and we couldn’t have been more excited. What we love about Jazz Fest is that we get to eat, drink and dance to our heart’s content – and did we ever! You can see some of our favorite things from this past weekend at Jazz Fest below. Share with us what you did this weekend in NOLA on Facebook and Twitter!

What we ate: You know all the classic Jazz Fest dishes – Crawfish bread, Cochon de Lait, Crawfish Monica – but this weekend we enjoyed Shrimp and Grits from Fireman Mike’s Kitchen in Food Area I. Delicious, creamy and flavorful – a true Southern favorite.

Photo by Sally Tunmer
Photo by Sally Tunmer

What we saw: If you’ve never been to Liuzza’s by the Track before or after Jazz Fest, you haven’t experienced the Fest to its fullest. Liuzza’s opens early and stays open late during Jazz Fest selling Bloody Marys, Daiquiris and more. Not only is it a great spot to kick off your day or end your night, it’s some of the best people watching around.

liuzza's by the track - the best people watching at Jazz Fest
Photo by Andy Kutcher

What we drank: Jazz Fest veterans have a hit-list of things they MUST eat, drink and do every year and one of those things is probably the Herbal Iced Tea from Sunshine Concessions. This year, they changed it up a bit with a new flavor – Ambrosia, or Berry Black. While many of us are Rosemint purists, we couldn’t resist and let us say we’re happy we did. It was a light, refreshing drink with a great taste!

ambrosia iced tea - new at Jazz Fest this year
Photo by Sally Tunmer

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