As Springtime unfolds into Summer, the New Orleans social calendar fills up with lively events centered around family, food and fun. This weekend is jam-packed with unique opportunities to get up close and personal with some of New Orleans’ best chefs, sommeliers and musicians. My Top Five Picks for this weekend include a chance to check out Royal Street in a whole new light, help judge a cochon competition or catch New Orleans musician Kermit Ruffins down on Frenchmen Street.
Thursday, May 26th:
1. Royal Street Stroll: Part of the New Orleans Food and Wine Experience (NOWFE), this amazing evening event takes place on the 300-600 blocks of Royal Street. From 5PM – 8PM, guests can enjoy the gorgeous galleries and rare antique shops as they stroll down this historic street. Live jazz music and extraordinary wines set the mood for an elegant evening with family and friends. Tickets are $75 in advance, $90 at the event.
Friday May, 27th:
2. Kermit Ruffins and The BBQ Swingers at The Blue Nile: Catch this New Orleans music legend at Frenchmen St. favorite at The Blue Nile. Show starts at 11PM. Get there early and catch Mykia Jovan and Jason Butler at 8PM. Cover charge at the doors varies.
Saturday May 28th:
3. New Orleans Food And Wine Experience Grand Tasting: Foodies and winos rejoice! From 6PM-9PM, The New Orleans Convention Center turns into a food and wine spectacular. This incredible event features wines from around the world and delicious offerings from New Orleans’ finest chefs. With a Louisiana seafood cook-off and closing performances by The Voices of the Wetlands Allstars, this event is a must-attend for food and wine lovers. Tickets are $89 in advance and $100 at the door.
4. Cochon 555: A unique traveling competition of culinary expertise designed to promote sustainable farming and breeding of pigs. Chefs will each prepare a 175 pound heritage breed hog from head to toe. Winning dishes will be chosen by a panel of 20 expert judges and audience input. Taste a variety of pig-centered dishes paired with wines from the five chosen wineries. Tickets are $125 per person.
Sunday May 29th:
5. Greek Fest: Head over to the banks of Bayou St. John to enjoy Greek food, drinks and entertainment. Tickets are only $5 and if you wear your best Greek toga on Sunday admission is FREE!