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Hot and Cool: Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival 2014

September 20th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

2014 Crescent City Blues and BBQ FestivalHot, sticky New Orleans barbecue and two stages of live blues make up the 9th annual Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival, scheduled for October 17th through the 19th, 2014.

New Orleans is famous for lots of things but two that come to the top of people’s minds time and again are music and food – and the Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival is a three-day celebration of two of the best examples of those!

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Gird Your Tastebuds for the 2014 Louisiana Seafood Festival

September 13th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Crab Boil Louisiana Seafood Festival 2014

Oysters, crawfish, shrimp, and more, baked, steamed, simmered, and grilled Louisiana-style and served with music, dancing, and drinks: it must be the 2014 Louisiana Seafood Festival!

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We Live to Eat Restaurant Week – September 8-14

August 18th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

We Live to Eat Restaurant Week 2014We Live To Eat Restaurant Week is a week-long celebration of New Orleans cuisine that follows on the heels of the popular COOLinary dining event.

New Orleans is a city with a long list of reasons to visit it and, chief among them, is the food! New Orleans restaurant and market culture is lively, healthy, and broad, with options and offerings that would keep a gourmand busy for years trying to sample it all. Along comes We Live to Eat Restaurant Week to help you try!

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Labor Day Weekend
Southern Decadence Festival 2014

August 11th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Southern Decadence Festival 2014The steady approach of Labor Day weekend marks the return of the Southern Decadence Festival – one of the most over-the-top celebrations New Orleans hosts – and that’s saying something!

The Southern Decadence Festival is a huge, annual event held in the French Quarter to celebrate the GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender) culture. Routinely attracting 125,000 attendees or more, the event began in 1972 as a going away party and, well, you know how it is with parties: sometimes they’re so good you just don’t want them to stop.

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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
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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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