New Orleans is known the world over for a handful of things, two of which are our food and our festivals. While we’re typically a pretty good deal, the best known food and festivals can cost you a pretty penny. Well, thanks to the New Orleans Seafood Festival on September 9-11, you’ll be able to enjoy the best of both for nothing at all. That’s right, a free food festival!
Now in its fifth year, the New Orleans Seafood Festival takes over the Lafayette Square in the heart of downtown New Orleans every fall to serve up cool music and hot New Orleans Seafood! A knock-out collection of some of New Orleans’ best known restaurants join together to satisfy your seafood needs: Galatoire’s will be there serving up shrimp remoulade and shrimp BLT po-boys, Drago’s will be cooking up their world-famous charboiled oysters, John Besh’s Luke looks to be stacking up a shrimp and spicy pork belly po-boy, while Mr. B’s Bistro lets you cool you down with a lump crabmeat Creole gazpacho. And that’s just a few of the participating restaurants and dishes!
The New Orleans Seafood Festival knows darn well that no self-respecting festival in New Orleans, food focused or otherwise, could possibly survive without some serious firepower on stage. Well, the Seafood Festival doesn’t disappoint, welcoming back both Kermit Ruffins and Amanda Shaw. Add in Papa Grows Funk and a handful of other acts and both your ears and your mouth are sure to be happy! To round out the full New Orleans Experience, the Seafood Festival also showcases a number of local artists and their wares, while some of the city’s hottest chefs give cooking demonstrations.
Somehow still not sold on the Seafood Fest? All proceeds from the festival benefit the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to offer greater access to culinary education and arts, while providing support for the health and social welfare of children across the state. So to recap, the New Orleans Seafood festival lets you eat amazing food, rock out to great music, pick up some unique local art, crafts and jewelery, all while helping a great cause. So, guess we’ll be seeing you there!
To give you an idea of the caliber of dishes you are to find from local chefs, take a look at the Great American Seafood Cook-off held at the New Orleans Convention Center on August 6.
New Orleans Seafood Festival
4 pm until on Friday, 11 am until on Saturday and Sunday
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