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New Orleans Food Festivals

You’ll find imaginative cuisine and tantalizing aromas at every New Orleans festival, but the events listed here are primarily about the food and the drink. Bring your stretchy pants and prepare to celebrate from “soup to nuts” (or should we say “gumbo to pralines.”) For specific event dates, which can change year to year, click here

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 in New Orleans! The free event is held in Champion Square and is open to the public. 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: Eat. FoodFest, held in the French Market, 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 
Boiled crawfish, crawfish bread, crawfish pie, crawfish jambalaya...Taste mudbugs prepared in every way imaginable! While you’re there, take part in Cajun entertainment such as parade bands.

New Orleans Bourbon Festival
This event in The Sugar Mill in the Warehouse District features an outdoor marketplace with Bourbon-centric products, grand tastings from the world's finest distilleries, exceptional New Orleans cuisine, and live classical jazz performed in a "speakeasy" setting. 

APRIL

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

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

Slidell's Crawfish Cook-Off
This all-you-can-eat event features 60 teams competing for the title of "Best Crawfish in St. Tammany Parish." By festival's end, the tewams will have boiled up nearly 45,000 pounds of mudbugs. For the price of admission, you get to eat as many crawfish as you like. 

A Taste of Covington
A five-day food and wine celebration takes place every April in Covington's charming historic district. Come discover the North Shore's culinary scene at Vintner Dinners, a Grand Tasting and a champagne jazz brunch. 

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. 

JUNE

New Orleans Oyster Festival
Feast on Louisiana Gulf Seafood as we celebrate local restaurateurs and oyster farmers in the Oyster Capital of America. Held annually in Woldenberg Park.

French Market Creole Tomato Festival
Whether you say tomato, or Creole tomato, you'll love this celebration of the fruit everyone thinks is a vegetable. Fried Green Tomatoes, Creole Tomato Bloody Marys, Creole Tomato with Shrimp Salad, Creole Tomato Basil Crepes, Creole Tomato Gelato, Creole Tomato Cream Crawfish Pies...Come hungry! 

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.

St. Tammany Crab Festival (formerly the Lacombe Crab Festival) 
Take your “pick” of fat boiled crabs, golden fried softshell crabs, crab po-boys, boiled crawfish and shrimp and more at this two-day party in Slidell’s Heritage Park. 

JULY

Tales of the Cocktail
Every year, famous bartenders from around the country join New Orleans’ best mixologists and restauranteurs for Tales of the Cocktail. Enjoy "Spirited Dinners," lectures, demonstrations, and special luncheons, parties and cocktail hours.

AUGUST

COOLinary New Orleans
If you’re a foodie on a budget, there’s no better time to come to New Orleans than August. During COOLinary New Orleans, the city's most famous restaurants feature three-course lunches for $20 or less and three-course dinners for $35. Chill and get your fill.

SEPTEMBER

Louisiana Seafood Festival
In Louisiana, we celebrate fresh Gulf seafood the only way we know how – with a festival! The event at City Park supports our local seafood industry. Come experience this three-day festival featuring food, cooking demonstrations, live music and more.

Live to Eat 
In New Orleans, we live to eat, so it should come as no surprise that 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 
This finger-lickin'-good festival in Lafayette Square is for the birds and those that love them. Dozens of local restaurants offer their take on what might just be America's favorite food, and there's live music throughout the day (the chicken dance is optional). Special events include a Fried Chicken Wing Eating Contest. 

NOLA on Tap
Start Oktoberfest early at NOLA on Tap, billed as the largest beer fest in the region. The event features 400+ local, national and homebrewed beers, non-beer drinks, food, music and fun. 

OCTOBER

Beignet Festival
From traditional to inventive, sweet to savory, this festival celebrates café au laity’s best friend – the beignet. Whatever you do, don’t wear black.

Carnaval Latino 
This free Riverfront festival, sponsored by TABASCO  is dedicated to 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 
Get your share of the more than 2,000 gallons of gumbo that will be served at this great festival. You can also enjoy jambalaya, red beans and rice with sausage and more.

Bridge City Gumbo Festival
Get your share of the more than 2,000 gallons of gumbo that will be served at this great festival. You can also enjoy jambalaya, red beans and rice with sausage and more. 

Oktoberfest
Love German food? On the last weekend of September and every weekend during October, head for Deutsches Haus in the Rivertown section of Kenner. The festival menu includes Sauerbraten, Krautwickel, Kasseler, Rippchen, Sauerkraut, Kartoffelbrei, Bratwurst and Giant Bavarian Pretzels – not to mention more 20 different German beers.

NOVEMBER 

Oak Street Po-Boy Festival 
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 sandwiches from restaurants around the city.

Treme Creole Gumbo Festival
Sample every kind of gumbo imaginable during the free Treme Creole Gumbo Festival in Armstrong Park. This event is hosted by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation, a non-profit seeking to spread appreciation for New Orleans food and culture.

Bywater Mirliton Festival 
Every year the Mirliton Festival is held on the first Saturday in November at Mickey Markey Park. The Mirliton, pronounced mel-a-tonn, is a light-green, wrinkled, pear-shaped, bland tasting gourd that becomes absolutely delicious when stuffed with seafood and bread crumbs. For generations, stuffed mirlitons have been a Creole family staple on Creole family tables.

Boudin, Bourbon and Beer
Come enjoy more than 60 boudin inspired dishes from celebrity chefs like Emeril Lagasse, Donald Link and others. In past years, this event has been held at Champions Square, adjacent to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. 

DECEMBER

Reveillon Dinners
As part of Christmas New Orleans Style, nearly three dozen of the city’s best restaurants serve four-course Reveillon Dinners similar to those enjoyed by the Creole families who began the tradition in the 19th century. It’s just one more way to experience the holidays in New Orleans. 

 


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