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Celebrate FestiGals 2015!

May 16th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

FestiGals 2015Are you ready for a four-day, women-only weekend in a festive, culturally-rich city that never sleeps? If you answered yes then get ready for New Orleans FestiGals: June 11-14, 2015!

FestiGals is a New Orleans girlfriend getaway like no other. A festival created by women for women, FestiGals is a four-day weekend dedicated to celebrating fashion, food, friendship, giving back to the community, and – of course – women!

This year’s theme is “Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Journeys” and will provide a number of cocktail parties, tastings, seminars, luncheons, competitions, and more, all centered around New Orleans’ famous French Quarter.

FestiGals organizers call their event “The Ultimate Girlfriend Getaway” and “A Party with a Purpose” – here are some 2015 FestiGals schedule highlights to let you see why:

Thursday, June 11:
Welcome Cocktail Reception at a private French Quarter penthouse

Friday, June 12 – FestiGals Empowerment Day:
”Heels on the Ground: Women Who created a Storm of Change After Katrina” Continental Breakfast featuring Anne Milling, Denise Thornton, and Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell
Power Luncheon with Daily Success Expert Dayna Steele
Sip & Shop Evening of demos, cocktails and tastings with over 30 local vendors
Dinner Demo at Southern Food and Beverage Museum with Harriet Robin and Anne Leonhard

FestiGals 2015Saturday, June 13:
“Get to Know your Girls” Breakfast with Dr. Veronica Gillespie, OBG/YN
Bloody Mary Mixer
Bodacious Bras for a Cause Luncheon & Auction featuring Christine Clifford
NOLA Insider’s View Private Home Tour
Stiletto Stroll Pre-party and Second-Line Parade with an After-Glow Party at Masquerade at Harrah’s Casino with music and cocktails

Sunday, June 14:
Hangover Hospital refresh and regenerate
Saints & Sinners Brunch at Muriel’s Restaurant with Vatican Lokey and Tara Truby

And that’s just barely scratching the surface of the 2015 FestiGal festivities! FestiGals offers events with food and libations throughout the weekend as well as optional tours and activities designed to make your New Orleans girlfriend getaway weekend the best it can possibly be – don’t miss out!

Festigals

FestiGals 2015 LogoJune 11-14, 2015
For a full schedule, tickets, and package options, be sure to visit: www.festigals.org

New Orleans FestiGals Lodging
Make your ladies weekend out to New Orleans even better with a stay at a locally owned and operated New Orleans bed and breakfast inn! You’ll get no better taste of the true New Orleans experience from any other accommodations – and what accommodations! New Orleans bed and breakfast inns boast locally knowledgeable concierge services, lush amenities, true Southern hospitality and often hot, home-cooked breakfasts served to you in historic homes – try getting those kinds of perks at a hotel or motel …

2015 New Orleans Oyster Festival!

May 9th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

New Orleans Oyster Festival 2015 - oysters on the half shellAh, springtime in New Orleans – considered one of the best times to come for a visit because of the mild weather and festivals such as the New Orleans Oyster Festival – May 30-31, 2015!

Oyster Festival – celebrated at the peak of the oyster season – conjures up visions in my mind’s eye of oysters on the half shell served with fresh lemon wedges, grilled oysters popping open over the open flame, oysters Rockefeller, smoked oysters, baked oysters, and say .. is it lunchtime yet?

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The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience 2015

April 25th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience - Fine FoodCome celebrate the joy of food at the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience – May 20th through the 23rd, 2015 – with over 150 participating wineries, restaurants, vendors, and special guests!

Celebrating its twenty-third year, the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience is a seasonal staple, attracting more than 10,000 visitors to its four day, one-of-a-kind experience for devotees of the gustatory arts. Despite the crowds, this popular festival still provides numerous opportunities to not only attend fine food and wine tastings but also meet, mingle, and interact with celebrated vintners, chefs, and industry experts.

Even better, you don’t have to feel guilty for rubbing elbows with celebrities while sampling fine food and drink. Why?

100% of the net proceeds from the annual New Orleans Wine & Food Experience are donated to local charities. In fact, since 1992, the festival has raised over 1 million dollars for local non-profit organizations, such as food banks and culinary schools!

This year’s New Orleans Wine & Food Experience boasts 52 wineries, 53 restaurants, 24 exhibitors, and 26 special guests – plus numerous special events and seminars spread out over 4 days. Have a gander:

New Orleans Wine & Food Experience

The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience LogoWednesday, May 20
Wine Dinners – 7pm
The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience kicks off with an intimate wine dinner at one of New Orleans’ premier restaurants, while learning about the wine and food pairings directly from the vintners and chefs that created them. A different winery is featured at each restaurant.

Thursday, May 21
Vinola! – 2pm
Crafted with true wine connoisseurs in mind, Vinola offers the opportunity to sample rare and highly valued wines, presented by the winemakers themselves

Royal Street Stroll – 5:30pm
The definitive evening event of the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience: Stroll Royal “parade-style,” led by the Krewe of Cork with several renowned winemakers serving as Grand Marshals, and shop the streets eclectic galleries with wine offerings at each stop and a food tent along the way.

Friday, May 22
The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience - Wine TastingGrand Tasting – 6pm
The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience Grand Tasting showcases more than 1000 domestic and international vintages alongside delicious foods. Meet the winemakers and chefs, ask questions, and taste wines from across the globe. Each chef will present a dish for competition in hopes of winning a Fleur de Lis Culinary Award.

The Big Gateaux Show – 9pm
The Big Gateaux Show is an after-party pastry competition following the Friday Night Grand Tasting, with pastries, cocktails, celebrity chefs, judges and burlesque starlets. A show favorite.

Plus Experiences & Seminars
The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience’s Wine and Food Seminar Series is designed for both the casual novice and the educated connoisseur. Taste, discover, and learn about the wine culinary worlds directly from the vintners, chefs, and industry experts.

Saturday, May 23
Grand Tasting – 2pm
A repeat of Friday’s Grand Tasting with the inclusion of the crowning of the King or Queen of Louisiana Seafood as part of the festivities.

Plus Experiences & Seminars

Sunday, May 24
Experiences & Seminars

2015 New Orleans Wine & Food Experience

May 20 – 23, 2015
For a full schedule, tickets and more, please visit: www.nowfe.com

New Orleans Wine & Food Experience Lodging
You’ve come to New Orleans to experience the best in food and drink in one of the best cities on Earth to do so – so why would you taint your experience with a room somewhere sub-par like an impersonal motel or hotel? For a true taste of the Big Easy, nothing will do but a stay at one of the locally owned and operated New Orleans Bed and Breakfast Inns. With personal service, hearty breakfasts, unheard of amenities, and insider’s knowledge as to where to go and what to see during your visit, they’re the best hosts in the city!

The New Orleans Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo 2015

April 11th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo 2015A “new” New Orleans tradition is celebrating an anniversary this year: Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo 2015, scheduled for May 15-17, is in its tenth year and bigger than ever!

Scheduled to occur the third weekend of every May of each year, The Mid-City Bayou Boogalo is a free, three day festival of music, food, art, and handicrafts celebrating New Orleans culture.

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2015 Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival

March 14th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

2015 Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival LogoMark the date! March 21-22, the 2015 Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival will celebrate Afro-Caribbean music, art, food, and culture in New Orleans.

Based on a tradition of work-free Sundays hailing from the days of slavery, the Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival is a joyous reflection of a culture that flourished under and despite the heel of oppression.

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Stellaaaaaa! It’s the 2015 Tennessee Williams Festival

March 7th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

2015 Tennessee Williams FestivalA celebration of writing, performing, and honing one’s craft, New Orleans’ 29th annual Tennessee Williams Festival – March 25-29, 2015 – will have you shouting in the street a-la Stanley Kowalski.

No, really.

Also known as the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, the Tennessee Williams Festival’s mission is to entertain and inspire both fans and creators through a host of performances, seminars, contests, walking tours, and, of course, food and drink – the Tennessee Williams Fest is held in New Orleans French Quarter, after all!

The 2015 Tennessee Williams Festival

Tennessee Williams (1911 – 1983)

A New Orleans resident during one of his most creative periods, Tennessee Williams’ fame as an author and playwright was far reaching, especially after much of his best work was adapted for the silver screen. Films like “The Glass Menagerie,” “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” “Night of the Iguana,” and “The Rose Tattoo” packed movie theaters around the globe.

More than just a home and workplace to the writer, New Orleans became the background for many of Tennessee Williams’ works, such as the classic “A Streetcar Named Desire.”

Beyond celebrating Tennessee Williams’ works, the New Orleans Literary Festival’s ulterior motive is the promotion of creative expression through the written and spoken word and, as such, has assembled a stellar array of guest speakers for literary panel discussions. There will also be master classes offering intensive, one-on-one interactions with established writers, directors, and performers.

On stage during the 2015 Tennessee Williams Festival: “Suddenly Last Summer,” one of Williams’ most celebrated plays, will be performed at New Orleans’ renowned Southern Repertory Theatre.

Finally, the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival offers shouting in the street.

The “Stella!” Shouting Contest at the 2015 Tennessee Williams FestivalSay what?

The “Stella!” Shouting Contest is exactly what it sounds like: wanna-be Stanley Kowalski’s, often bedecked in sleeveless undershirts, do their best to shout “Stella!” with the most crowd (and judge!) convincing appeal they can muster. Prizes will be awarded for the best shouters and all contestants have the chance to take home a hoarse … throat.

The 2015 Tennessee Williams Festival

March 25th – 29th
New Orleans’ French Quarter
For more info: www.tennesseewilliams.net

Tennessee Williams Festival Lodging
Whatever brings you to the Big Easy, don’t settle for less when it comes to accommodations. Staying at a locally owned and operated New Orleans bed and breakfast inn will complete your New Orleans getaway experience like no other lodging can.

Tuck In To New Orleans Foodfest 2015

February 21st, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

New Orleans Foodfest 2015New Orleans Foodfest – March 27th through the 29th, 2015 – is ready to fill the French Market with taste bud tantalizing sights and smells that’ll set your tummy to grumbling.

New Orleans Foodfest is an annual, two-day event celebrating unique and informal regional fare. Informal, comfort foods – the kind of foods you find in streets and neighborhoods, being offered from food trucks and roadside stands, regional favorites served in the cafeterias, cafes, and dining halls of and for your average joe – but that doesn’t mean it’s bad or boring food!

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New Orleans Soul Fest 2015 at the Audubon Zoo

February 14th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

New Orleans Soul Fest 2015 at the Audubon Zoo Saxophone Player

New Orleans Soul Fest 2015 at the Audubon Zoo is coming – March 7th & 8th, 10am to 5pm! The 12th anniversary of this popular event promises more of the same great food, music, and fun as the prior Audubon Zoo Soul Fests!

New Orleans Soul Fest is an annual celebration of the food, music, crafts, and culture of African America – of course, this means lots of soul food, soul music, and soulful people – over 20,000, if this year’s festival is as popular as they usually are!

While the schedule of performances for this year’s Soul Fest has yet to be set, previous year’s events have included such notable artists as trumpeter Irvin Mayfield, gospel great Yolanda Adams, the Hot 8 Brass Band, Rebirth Brass Band, and a number of Mardi Gras Indian Big Chiefs.

New Orleans Soul Fest 2015 at the Audubon Zoo LogoOne of the reasons New Orleans Soul Fest is so popular – as if the music and food aren’t reason enough – is the aim of the festival: it’s not just about a good time but also the achievements, heritage, and future of African Americans. Along with the great food and music, New Orleans Soul Fest offers free health screenings to help promote healthy living.

Other Soul Fest attractions include local artisans showcasing their handmade jewelry, art, clothing, frames and more. Food on hand will include offerings from popular local restaurants and caterers who specialize in Creole cuisine and authentic soul food, including such favorites as fried Louisiana alligator kabob, Jamaican chicken with vegetables, smothered pork chops with greens, pork chop po-boys, hot sausage po-boys, turkey legs, and sweet potato pie.

New Orleans Soul Fest 2015 at the Audubon Zoo Tiger
Finally, don’t forget that New Orleans Soul Fest 2015 is held at Audubon Zoo! Part of the Audubon Nature Institute and named after naturalist John James Audubon, who once lived in New Orleans, the Audubon Zoo’s 58 acres and over 2,000 exotic animals are worth a visit whether there’s a festival going on or not!

New Orleans Soul Fest 2015 at the Audubon Zoo

March 7th & 8th, 2015 – 10am – 5pm
Admission to Soul Fest is free with General Admission
Free for Audubon Members
Audubon Zoo
6500 Magazine Street, New Orleans
www.auduboninstitute.org

New Orleans Soul Fest Lodging If you really want to get to know the soul of New Orleans, staying at some chain hotel or motel just wont do. To get the real feel of the Big Easy, staying at a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast Inn is the only way to go. Hey: if you’re going to visit N’awlins, you may as well stay N’awlins, right? Locally owned and operated, New Orleans Bed and Breakfast Inn operators know the city, offering you true southern hospitality, New Orleans-style, along with the kinds of accommodations, amenities, and advice you deserve.

Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial

January 4th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial

Battle of New Orleans
Edward Percy Moran – 1910

The 200th anniversary of the end of the War of 1812 just passed but the Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial – the last major battle of the War of 1812 and the one that many say really ended the war – is still on the horizon. How is that possible?

It is an engagement that fills American patriots with pride – January 8th, 1815 and the Battle of New Orleans saw 4,500 U.S. troops, led by General Andrew Jackson, facing down 7,500 British soldiers at Chalmette Battlefield and routing them in under an hour to stand victorious: our enemy in surrender, our shores safe – and all because there were no telegrams, telephones, or internet around to tell the combatants that the war they were fighting … had essentially ended two weeks earlier!

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Sink Your Teeth Into the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival

November 10th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Oak Street Po-boy Festival

The Oak Street Po-Boy Festival may be the celebration of a sandwich but make no mistake – the Po-Boy is not just any old sandwich. If New Orleans was a sandwich, that sandwich would be a Po-Boy.

For those not in the know (oh, how I feel sorry for you) a Po-Boy is akin to a submarine sandwich or lobster roll, typically filled with meat or seafood, with the defining characteristic being the New Orleans-style French bread it’s made on: a crisp crusted baguette with a fluffy center. Hungry yet?

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