Friday, June 11, 2010

Vieux-to-Do - 3 Festivals - 1 Weekend!

Good Mornin' and Happy Friday!

So, you thought just cause it was hot festival season was over....well, think again...cause you're living in New Orleans.  We got three festivals going on this weekend in the Quarter, so get ready to eat, dance and have a good time!

Start off your morning right with the Tomato Festival Parade at 10:30 am!  The historic French Market kicks off its 24th annual Creole Tomato Festival with a parade featuring life-size Creole Tomatoes and 500 fresh Creole tomatoes to hand out to parade-goers.  The Festival is part of the "Vieux-to-Do", "Three Festivals, One Weekend" which also includes the Louisiana Seafood Festival and the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival.  All three festivals will partake in the opening day celebration, which features the Tremé Brass Band leading the parade from Washington Artillery Park down Decatur Street to the Flea Market.  The Tremé Brass Band will continue playing at the Farmers Market, followed by cooking demos performed by Farmers Market vendors.

 And here's the lowdown on all three fests today!

The Creole Tomato Festival will have cooking demos which include presentations by local chefs from Bacco, Rouse's, Muriels Jackson Square, Seven on Fulton, Edible Schoolyard NOLA, and many others.  Free tomato tastings will be offered in Dutch Alley near George's Produce and at two places at the Farmers Market: near the music stage at Mother Nature's Cupboard and near the Ursuline entrance at French Market Produce.   New additions this year to the Festival include: an Arts Market at DumaineStreet sponsored by Dutch Alley Artists Co-Op and a kids activity area in Dutch Alley's Performance Pavilion (at St. Phillip Street).  Lectures about the origins of the Creole Tomato and the intersection of Louisiana food, music, and culture will take place indoors at the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park on Saturday, June 12th at 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. between brass band and ragtime musical performances.

Now we're on to the Louisiana Seafood Festival at the French Market!  The fest gets started up today at 3:00 pm and celebrates our extraordinary local cuisine. Starting with everything fresh from the water, famous local chefs are cooking up shrimp, oysters, crawfish, crab and alligator. Mouth watering choices...grilled, boiled, fried and, bring your empty stomachs and fill up on some amazing food!!

Now that you've filled up on's time to dance at the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival at the U.S. Mint on the corner of Decatur and Esplanade!  The music kicks up at 2:00 with Bruce Daigrepoint and continue the dancing with Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots at 5:00 pm.  Check out the above link for a complete list of music, food and fun for the entire weekend!

Looking for more stuff to do, not a problem!

Are you a wine lover and looking for a beautiful setting to drink some wine this evening...Then look no further then Vino on the Bayou!  Vino on the Bayou is a monthly fundraiser wine tasting held at the historic Pitot House on Bayou St. John....The event is from 5:30 to 7:30 pm and costs $10 per person. All proceeds are donated to the Louisiana Landmarks Society which helps to preserve and protect some of the most historically significant landmarks in New Orleans.  So go drink some wine and feel good about giving back to a wonderful cause!

If you love City Park and rum....Here's the event for you!  Yo Ho Ho and a Whole Lot of Rum!  Come ride the high seas with Friends of City Park as it hosts a pirate-themed fundraiser from 7:00 to 10 pm in the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park with food, live music and games. Costumed patrons and Friends members get in early at 6:30 pm... and prizes for the best individual and costumed couple. Tickets are $35 in advance for Friends members and $40 for non-members.

And since this is really all about the FREE...remember the Free Foundation Fridays going on Tipitina's (501 Napoleon) in June....Tonight is the Soul Rebels Brass Band + DJ Soul Sister....the party gets kickin' about 10:00 pm!

Well this should get your weekend started off right...for more fun stuff going on be sure check out the WWOZ Livewire....and listen to Bill deTurk from 11:00 am to 2:00 for the Louisiana Music Party...remember you can listen online too!  Have a good one everybody!

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