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New Orleans’ Dirty Linen Night

July 20th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

New Orleans' Dirty Linen Night 2014 PosterDirty Linen Night is an arts, food, and drink block party held on the second Saturday night of every August on Royal Street in the French Quarter – and if you come looking a bit disheveled, you’ll fit right in!

A direct answer – perhaps even a rebuff – to the Whitney White Linen Night held on Julia Street, held the first Saturday night of every August, Dirty Linen Night is upwards of 40 to 50 Royal Street shop and gallery owners holding their own, opening night/block party. Similar to White Linen Night (which we discussed last post), Dirty Linen Night is a free party held to promote businesses in the Warehouse Arts District of New Orleans – sometimes also called the “Soho of the South.”

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Attend Whitney White Linen Night

July 15th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Whitney White Linen Night 2014Whitney White Linen Night, held the first Saturday night every August since 1994, is an opportunity to revive an old, Southern tradition while enjoying excellent food, quenching drink, and fine art.

So what has white linen got to do with August and art?

Well, back before air conditioning, one of the few ways you could really even attempt to stay cool during the summer months, in a subtropical zone like the Gulf Coast, was to don white linen, which reflects the sun’s harsher rays and breathes … a bit. Surely you can picture the stereotypical Southern gentleman in his white suite – Colonel Sanders, for example.

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Join In the New Orleans Bastille Day Festivities

June 26th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

New Orleans Bastille Day - The storming of the Bastille in 1789

The 1789 storming of the Bastille

New Orleans’ French connections are never too far from the surface, so it makes sense that there are numerous New Orleans Bastille Day celebrations and traditions – some more serious than others!

For those not familiar with this holiday, Bastille Day is not unlike our own 4th of July: a celebration of liberty.

The Bastille was a prison fortress in Paris that was stormed by over 8,000 French citizens on July 14th, 1789, kicking off the French Revolution. Their goal was the release of hundreds of political prisoners – plus the attainment of arms stored therein.

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San Fermin en Nueva Orleans:
The 2014 New Orleans Running of the Bulls!

June 19th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

San Fermin en Nueva Orleans - The New Orleans Running of the Bulls!You’ve heard of the bull run in Pamplona, Spain but did you know New Orleans has its own Running of the Bulls? It does: San Fermin en Nueva Orleans coincides every year with Pamplona’s event, and this year that’s July 10th through the 13th, 2014.

Okay, okay. So maybe New Orleans Running of the Bulls is not quite the same as the crazy, dangerous event in Spain where people actually run down an enclosed street ahead of a herd of stampeding bulls – yikes!

New Orleans’ more sensible (we think) annual reenactment of the Encierro replaces the bulls with members of the New Orleans-based, all-female, flat-track derby team, the Big Easy Rollergirls, and the “danger” involved isn’t trampling or being gored by horns but rather, a whack on the fanny with a foam-core whiffle bat.

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Sink Your Teeth Into the French Market Annual Creole Tomato Festival

May 21st, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

French Market’s Annual Creole Tomato FestivalThe arrival of June in New Orleans heralds the arrival of the Creole tomato to local menus and, of course, the French Market Creole Tomato Festival, June 7 – 8, 2014!

And what, you ask, is a Creole tomato?

Would you be surprised to know that the Creole tomato has no pedigree or cultivar type? That the designation “Creole tomato” simply means it was grown in New Orleans? Sure, the LSU Agricultural Center developed a “Creole” tomato but it isn’t maintained by them any more and was never the standard as far as anyone was concerned.

French Market’s Annual Creole Tomato FestivalN’awlins residents will tell you that a Creole tomato is a thick, meaty, wide and juicy, vine-ripened red tomato with a big crown. It has a smell and a texture unlike any other tomato – some say it’s the dark, fertile Louisiana soil that does it.

Creole tomatoes are grown on farms, in backyards, and even in patio pots but only in New Orleans and its’ immediate outskirts. A slice out of the middle of one might be bigger than the piece of bread you’re about to put it on. Lots of folks wait on tenterhooks for that first batch of vine-ripened Creole tomatoes to hit the market – then buy ‘em by the box.

Which brings us to the French Market’s Annual Creole Tomato Festival.

French Market’s Annual Creole Tomato FestivalThat first box of fat and juicy Creole tomatoes is traditionally offered up at the festival via public auction to local chefs, with the proceeds going towards the Children’s Hospital.
The high bid donation is always over $1000.

The French Market Annual Creole Tomato Festival is more than the auction, though, even more than the Creole tomato. It’s a celebration of Louisiana’s farmers, their produce, and the cuisine made from it that is such an integral part of the culture.

The French Market’s Creole Tomato Festival features:

  • Cooking demonstrations
  • The Creole Tomato Parade
  • Farmers’ Market
  • Food and Beverage booths
  • Live music on two stages

 
Come out and enjoy sun, fun, music and local food and drinks like fried green tomatoes, Creole tomato bloody marys, Creole tomato shrimp salad, Creole tomato basil crepes, Creole tomato gelato, Creole tomato cream crawfish pies and other regional favorites!

The French Market Annual Creole Tomato Festival

June 7 – 8, 2014 – 10am to 7pm
For further details, please visit: www.frenchmarket.org/event/french-markets-annual-creole-tomato-festival/

Lodging for the French Market Annual Creole Tomato Festival
A tomato isn’t a Creole tomato unless it’s been grown in New Orleans soil just like a New Orleans visit isn’t complete unless you fully immerse by staying in a locally owned and operated, New Orleans bed and breakfast inn. Come get the real Big Easy experience – don’t settle for imitation.

Celebrate at the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival

May 14th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

The Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco FestivalIf you’ve a taste for the spicy in both your music and your food you do not want to miss the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival, Jun 14–15, 2014!

The Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival is in its 8th year and is a free celebration of two great American originals: Cajun and Zydeco!

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Get Set for the 2014 New Orleans Oyster Festival

April 28th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

2014 New Orleans Oyster FestivalGot the Bivalve Blues? Then make your way at the end of May to the 2014 New Orleans Oyster Festival!

When it comes to culinary delicacies, New Orleans has lots to crow about and fresh oysters rank high on that list. Every year around the end of May – the height of oyster harvest season, we celebrate this delectable bounty of the sea with a free, two-day festival of food, music, contests, and more in Waldenberg Riverfront Park.

Sponsored in part by the local, top seafood restaurants and oyster bars, the New Orleans Oyster Festival features just about every presentation of oysters you can think of

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Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo 2014

April 15th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo 2014New Orleans knows how to celebrate – and the 9th Annual Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo is no exception to this rule!

Bayou St. John, located in a Mid-City neighborhood, was once the city’s “back door.” Off the beaten path, boaters used to be able to get within a mile of the business section of New Orleans via waterways connected to Lake Pontchartrain. The bayou was cut off from the lake early on in the 20th century but the remaining, Bayou St. John waterway is still alive with canoes, kayaks, rafts and other non-motorized craft.

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The 2014 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

March 26th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

2014 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival posterAre you ready for the 2014 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival? You’d better be because here it comes!

The 2014 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is the 45th annual return of this week-long celebration and this year’s event lineup is looking almost unbelievably fantastic. Let me drop a few names so you can see what I mean:

Eric Clapton
Bruce Springsteen
Christina Aguilera
Phish
Robert Plant
Keb’ Mo’
Branford Marsalis
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Like I said, just a few.

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The 2014 Tennessee Williams Literary Festival

March 12th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

The 2014 Tennessee Williams Literary FestivalI’ll bet you can’t name me a literary festival where screaming at the top of your lungs in the middle of the street is part of the celebration: it’s the 2014 Tennessee Williams Literary Festival!

Tennessee Williams (1911 – 1983) was a famed American playwright who wrote plays, short stories, poetry, essays, and memoirs, adapting much of his best work for the silver screen. Williams also happened to be a New Orleans resident during one of his most creative periods and some of his works are based on the city. “A Streetcar Named Desire,” for example.

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