Beignet Fest Announces Menu and Musical Lineup
French Market Coffee signs on as title sponsor
New Orleans, LA (August 14, 2018) – The 3rd Annual Beignet Fest presented by French Market®Coffee is set for Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 10AM – 6PM at the Festival Grounds at City Park. Festival organizers are proud to announce the full slate of food vendors and musical lineup along with event details.
“This year’s festival promises to be the biggest yet,” said Festival Founder and Event Producer Sherwood Collins. “We have more beignet dishes than ever before, bigger musical acts – and we also have the benefit of a title sponsor for 2018 with local favorite, French Market Coffee.”
“We joined Beignet Fest as a supporting sponsor for the event’s inaugural year in 2016,” said Eleanor Holstein, brand manager for French Market Coffee at Reily Foods Company. “It’s been a great partnership. As the festival grows in popularity and appeal, we think it makes a lot of sense for French Market Coffee to be the title sponsor. After all, nothing goes better with beignets than great, New Orleans coffee!”
The complete menu and musical lineup for Beignet Fest is outlined below and can found at www.beignetfest.com.
Food vendors include:
- Café du Monde: Traditional Beignets for VIP Patrons Only: 10AM to 12PM (noon)
- Girls Gone Vegan: Gluten Free Traditional Beignets, Gluten Free Tomato Basil Garlic Beignets, Gluten Free Brownies
- Grannie’s Cooking Pot: Seafood Beignets, Shrimp and Grits, Fried Catfish Sandwich, Crawfish Spinach Dip
- Howlin' Wolf: Bacon Cheddar Beignets with Chipotle Crema
- Jambalaya Guy: Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya
- Katie's Restaurant: Crawfish Beignets
- La Vie En Rose Café: Shrimp and Crab Beignets, Nutella Beignets, Boudin Beignets, Shrimp and Grits
- Legacy Kitchen: Beignets with Crawfish Cream Sauce
- Loretta’s: Praline Beignet, Chocolate Praline Beignet, The Famous Crabmeat Beignet, BBQ Chicken Beignet, Peanut Butter and Strawberry Jelly Beignet, Shrimp Salad Beignet, Pralines
- Luca Eats: Oreo Beignets, Ville Platte Gumbo, Chocolate Chip Cookies
- New Orleans Coffee & Beignet Company: Traditional Beignets
- Off da Hook Creole Catering: Pecan Truffle Beignets, Strawberry Caramel White Chocolate Beignets, Mac ‘n’ Cheese & Beignets, Lobster Tail & Beignets with Shrimp Beurre Blanc, Peach Cobbler a La Mode & Beignets
- Old School Eats: Blackberry Cloud Beignets, Bacon and Maple Beignets, Mint Limeade
- Sno-La: Beignet Snoball, Cafe Creme Snoball, Traditional Snowball, Hot White Chocolate
- Southern Grit Flavor (from San Antonio, TX): Churro Beignets, Cilantro Pesto Beignets, Banana Pudding Beignets, Beignet Flight
- Sweet Legacy: Fried Chicken and Beignets, Honey Pecan Beignets, Chicken Cracklin'
- The Ruby Slipper Café: Cochon Beignets, Bananas Foster Beignets, Vietnamese Coffee Beignets
- The Vintage: Cinnamon Sugar Beignet Bites
- Valerie's Creole Sneaux Catering: Shrimp Étouffée Beignets, Fruit Beignets, Étouffée with Fries and a Beignet, Pickles
- Zippy Fruit: Zippy Fruit Cone, Smoothie Pops, Pirate Beignet Crumble, Watermelon Slice
The musical lineup includes:
- Confetti Park Players (10:15AM)
- The Imagination Movers (11:45PM)
- Soul Project (1:45PM)
- Eric Lindell (3:15PM)
- The Original Pinettes Brass Band (5:00PM)
Additional elements of the festival include a Kid’s Village presented by Ochsner Hospital for Children, as well as an Artist Market with local and regional artwork and crafts for sale. Beignet Fest merchandise featuring tees and tanks will be for sale on site, as well. Fest goers can purchase Beignet Fest merchandise ahead of the festival online.
Collins expects 20,000 to 25,000 people will attend the festival this year. For those looking for a few perks, Beignet Fest is offering a VIP Experience that includes a prime, private viewing space near the stage, complimentary beignets and beverages from Café du Monde from 10AM to 12PM and other perks throughout the day. Complete information and tickets for the VIP Experience are available on the Beignet Fest website.
Beignet Fest is a project of the Tres Doux Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization which makes grants to local autism programs annually based on the proceeds from the festival. The event and its foundation were created by Collins and his wife, Amy, inspired by their journey with their son, Liam, who is on the autism spectrum. To date, the Tres Doux Foundation has made more than $30,000 in grants to local nonprofits including YMCA of Greater New Orleans, Families Helping Families, the Autism Society of New Orleans and Ochsner Hospital for Children.
“The success of the Beignet Fest and the impact its fundraising has had on programs that serve children with developmental challenges is admirable,” said Thomas Harris, Jr., MHA, FACHE, vice president, Pediatrics at Ochsner Hospital for Children. “With grants from the Tres Doux Foundation, Ochsner Hospital for Children has expanded its ability to evaluate and diagnose children on the autism spectrum. And this fall, we will begin a series of parent training sessions to help families better understand and work with their children after diagnosis.”
About Beignet Fest: The 3rd Annual Beignet Fest is set for Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 10 am to 6 pm at the Festival Grounds at New Orleans City Park. From traditional sweet treats covered in powdered sugar to savory options bursting with seafood, cheese and more, Beignet Fest will feature different beignet dishes from some of New Orleans' best restaurants and food trucks. In true NOLA style, the free festival also features live, local music performances, a Kid's Village, Artist Market and VIP Experience. Proceeds from Beignet Fest benefit the Tres Doux Foundation, which makes grants to nonprofits serving children with developmental delays. For more information, visit beignetfest.com and follow the event on Facebook and Instagram @beignetfest.
About Tres Doux Foundation: The mission of the Tres Doux Foundation is to celebrate, embrace and enhance the lives of children with developmental delays and disabilities by presenting them as whole beings, and to support organizations that do the same.
Sarah Hugg Centorino, Gambel Communications
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