Anyone familiar with south Louisiana knows it’s all about the food, and fall brings out some of the best festivals the area has to offer. On the Southshore, alone, one can find some type of food-related festival just about every weekend in the fall. If you’re feeling festive, or just hungry, give these a try.
NOLA On Tap Beer Festival – September 26, 1 pm to 8 pm
While not technically a food festival, this event, located in City Park, is the largest free admission beer fest in the region. Fest-goers get more than just beer tasting, as the event offers food, games contests, and other fun activities. Proceeds benefit the Louisiana SPCA, and dogs are welcome to attend!
Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival – October 16-18
Located in Lafayette Square Park, this free three-day event presented by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation features great BBQ and a host of blues and R&B artists on two stages. Check out the Arts Market, as well, featuring thirty local and regional artists.
Boudin, Bourbon and Beer – November 13, 6 pm
Champions Square isn’t just for Saints fans, and Emeril Lagasse’s fifth annual Boudin, Bourbon and Beer event offers a nice change of pace. A $99 ticket gets event-goers an opportunity to sample items from over fifty of the nation’s best chefs and bourbon enthusiasts and benefits the Emeril Lagasse Foundation. Musical guests will be announced in early October.
Treme Creole Gumbo Festival – November 14-15, 11am to 7 pm
Louis Armstrong Park is the site of this lively festival, featuring gumbo in a variety of styles, including vegan! Of course, it wouldn’t be a New Orleans festival without music, and this event showcases New Orleans jazz, R&B, and brass bands. Admission to the festival is free.
Oak Street Po-boy Festival – November 22, 10 am to 6 pm
Created to honor the po-boy and revitalize Oak Street businesses, this event offers a variety of po-boys, as well as some of the New Orleans area’s best musicians. Admission to the festival is free, and vendor prices will vary.