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New Orleans Food Festivals

JANUARY

King Cake Festival Get in the Mardi Gras spirit with a wide assortment of King Cakes from some of the best chefs and bakers New Orleans has to off!  The free event is held in Champion Square and is open to the public and a portion of vendor proceeds benefit babies and children at Ochsner.

MARCH

FoodFest The weekend-long festival is dedicated to what New Orleanians do best: eating. FoodFest is held in the French Market and features the best hometown culinary favorites from food-focused cities across the country including award-winning Memphis barbecue, Tuscan tamales, and Yankee chowder.

Hogs For the Cause Enjoy mouthwatering barbecue and donate to a great cause. This nonprofit benefit helps provide various expenses for families of kids undergoing treatment for pediatric brain cancer. The event is held annually at City Park with live music, cooking competitions, and plenty of tasty treats.

Louisiana Crawfish Festival Taste crawfish prepared every way imaginable: boiled crawfish, crawfish bread, crawfish pie, crawfish jambalaya, and more! While you’re there take part in Cajun entertainment such as parade bands.

APRIL

NOLA FoodFest A celebration of hometown eats the first weekend in April that attracts chefs from across the country to prepare their hometown specialties.  You can look forward to a wide variety of tasty creations, competitions and awesome entertainment that's fun for the whole family. 

Freret St. Festival More than 150 local vendors come together at Freret Market to showcase local talent in the form of arts, crafts, and wearables. The festival also features a food court with some of New Orleans finest chefs and three stages of live music.

Strawberry Festival The Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival brings people together for their love of the plump, juicy strawberries and non-profit charities. It’s honored the hard work of local farmers and local charitable organizations for more than 40 years.

Crawfish FestivalCrawfest is Tulane University’s annual music, food, and arts festival where more than 12,000 people come together for 8 live bands on two stages and more than 20,000 pounds of crawfish! The event is free to students and $10 for the general public.

MAY

New Orleans Wine and Food Experience Hundreds of wineries and restaurants gather at the New Orleans Convention Center to showcase innovative, locally inspired culinary and beverage creations from top chefs. The event features more than 1,000 wines from around the world, tasting events, and seminars in the French Quarter.

Greek Festival Immerse yourself in Greek culture and cuisine during the annual Greek Festival. Try authentic gyros, feta fries, calamari, spring lamb, Greek salad, and more! While you’re there, participate in cooking demonstrations!

New Orleans Oyster Festival Feast on Louisiana Gulf Seafood as we celebrate local restaurateurs and oyster farmers in the Oyster Capital of America, better known as the French Quarter held annually in Woldenberg Park.

JUNE

New Orleans International Beer Festival Featuring more than 150 different samples of craft beer, this event is fantastic for the hops and barley loving foodie in the family. You'll enjoy the flavors of internationally known and locally made beer alike while noshing on gourmet food.

SEPTEMBER

Louisiana Seafood Festival Celebrate fresh Louisiana Gulf Seafood the only way we know how: with a festival! The event held at City Park supports our local seafood industry through a three day festival featuring food, cooking demonstrations, live music, and more!

Live to Eat In New Orleans, we live to eat. So it shouldn’t be a surprise we have a whole week dedicated to all of the amazing food in our city. The week-long event keeps the culinary industry top of mind for locals and visitors alike.

Fried Chicken Festival With the addition of Fried Chicken Festival in Lafayette Square, New Orleans now has a festival for every favorite food around. The best part: this new annual festival is free to the public and comes equipped with all things you've come to know and love about New Orleans festivals, like live music. 

OCTOBER

Carnaval Latino New Orleans is known for its rich culture, including Hispanic influence. This free Riverfront festival, sponsored by TABASCO  is dedicated exploring the authentic food and drinks found in the Big Easy that originated in Mexico, Honduras, Colombia, Cuba, and Spain!

Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival Barbecue has been called the soul of Southern food, and this festival offers a smorgasbord of smoked treats to feed your soul. The event also features live music and arts and crafts. It’s free and open to the public in Lafayette Square.   

NOVEMBER 

Oak Street Po-Boy Festival As the bedrock of New Orleans food, the po-boy is celebrated for being as diverse as the city that created it. At this free Uptown festival, you’ll find a variety of mouthwatering and award-winning treats from restaurants around the city.

Treme Creole Gumbo Festival Hosted by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation, sample every gumbo imaginable during the free Treme Creole Gumbo Festival in Armstrong Park. This non-profit foundation seeks to spread appreciation for New Orleans food and culture.


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