Guests of New Orleans bed and breakfasts have a great treat in store for them this weekend, October 16 and 17, 2010. The Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival takes place in Lafayette Square Park on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m..
Two stages mean there will be twice as much music. Right after Otis Taylor and Don Vappie play on the Juke Joint Stage from 2:15 – 3:15, The Stanton Moore Trio plus Anders Osborne perform on the Dance Hall Stage from 3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.. No waiting while one band breaks down and another sets up – just non-stop music.
In addition to music, there will be an Oral History Stage in the NORD Theater on the ground floor of Gallier Hall. Performers such as Corey Hall and Little Freddie King will be interviewed about their lives, influences and music. Gallier Hall is across St. Charles Avenue from Lafayette Square.
Of course, a BBQ festival wouldn’t be complete without barbecue, and there will be plenty of that in Lafayette Square this weekend. Traditional BBQ and non-traditional BBQ will be abundant. Boswell’s Jamaican Grill will serve Jerk Chicken and Jerk Pork Plates with sautéed vegetables, rice and peas, and plantains. Emerils’ Delmonico will bring in BBQ shrimp, while The Joint BBQ features pulled pork and smoked brisket sandwiches. Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar and Restaurant will bring marinated BBQ lamb ribs with pepper jelly, and soft shell muchaca pulled pork tacos.
In addition to BBQ, a selection of local restaurants will trot out some of their most popular dishes. Ba Mien Vietnamese Cuisine will bring Grilled Shrimp or Beef Skewers and egg rolls, and TJ Gourmet will offer alligator sausage on a stick.
No New Orleans bed and breakfast is far from Lafayette Square. Sleep in, enjoy a cup of strong coffee, and then head out for a day of Blues and BBQ at the 2010 Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival.
For more information about the 2010 Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, visit their website.