Jazzfest: Best Festival Foods


A new and popular Jazzfest food is the praline beignet.

Jazzfest: Best Festival Foods

If you’ve never been to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, it’s a great opportunity to learn more about the city. Of course, you will have your choice of music with hundreds of acts spread out over the two weekends of the festival, but what you may not realize is that Jazzfest offers some of the finest local flavors around. Fans of both sweet and savory items will find something to suit their taste buds. Just one word of caution…if you’re accustomed to hamburgers and hot dogs at festivals, you’re going to have to be a bit riskier at the fairgrounds.

Traditional Local Fare

If traditional Louisiana fare is what you are most comfortable with, you will not be disappointed. You’ll find jambalaya, shrimp and oyster po-boys, red beans and rice, gumbo, and crawfish of many varieties. Crawfish Monica, a pasta dish made with crawfish and a cream sauce is a crowd pleaser.

Foods For the Adventurous

Feeling a little more adventurous? Try the alligator pie or a fried gator po-boy. Another Jazzfest favorite is the crawfish bread. If you’re a sausage fan, the boudin balls are always popular. One of the most talked about items is the cochon de lait po-boy – shredded roast beef with cole slaw served on french bread. The line is always long for this tasty item.


For you dessert lovers, JazzFest has you covered, as well. A popular item, on hot days in particular, is the mango freeze, which happens to be located near the misting tent for a bonus cool-down. New Orleans is known for its traditional bread pudding with rum sauce, and you will find it at the fairgrounds, as you might expect. Also available are pralines of many varieties and flavors, and a fairly new item, the praline beignet, which combines two New Orleans favorites into one delectable dessert.


To quench your thirst, you will find fresh squeezed lemonade, strawberry lemonade, herbal teas, as well as soft drinks, water, beer and wine. You may bring in one unopened bottle of water per fest-goer, but no other outside beverages are allowed.

Many other items are available as well, so make sure you make a lap around the grounds before deciding what to get.

The second weekend of the festival begins this Thursday and continues through Sunday evening, so get out there and enjoy some great music and some of the finest festival food on the planet.