Get ready to immerse yourself in the vibrant sounds and flavors of the French Quarter Festival! This four-day extravaganza celebrates local music with a lineup of 1,700 musicians performing across 25 stages along the French Quarter and riverfront from April 11th to the 14th. It's a feast for the ears and the taste buds!

Josh Brasted, Courtesy of French Quarter Fest
Soft-Shell Crab and Yakiniku Po-Boy – Ajun Cajun at French Quarter Fest

Back in 1984, the French Quarter Fest made its debut, and since then, it's been a staple of New Orleans culture. While the music takes center stage, let's not forget a real headliner: the food! Oh, the glorious food!

As self-proclaimed foodies, we're here to guide you through the culinary delights. But let's be clear: you can't go wrong with any of our local vendors. So, get ready to indulge in the ultimate foodie adventure while soaking in the infectious rhythms of the French Quarter Festival!


Josh Brasted Courtesy of French Quarter Fest
Crispy Oysters – Boulevard American Bistro


Boulevard Crispy Oysters

Vendor: Boulevard American Bistro
Location: Jackson Square
Price: $12

Boulevard American Bistro proudly presents: crispy fried oysters nestled on a delectable bed of spinach dip, generously adorned with a tantalizing Crystal aioli. This exquisite dish promises a symphony of flavors and textures, marrying the delicate crunch of perfectly fried oysters with the creamy richness of spinach dip, all elevated by the zesty kick of the Crystal aioli.

Crab & Tuna Wonton Nachos

Vendor: Nori Guys
Location: Jackson Square
Price: $12

Nori Guys reimagines a traditional festival favorite with a creative twist. Crispy wonton chips form the perfect base for layering, topped with refreshing crab salad and zesty spicy tuna. Each bite offers a burst of flavor, from the crunch of the wonton to the succulent seafood delights.


Vendor: Pat O’ Brien’s
Location: Jackson Square & Riverfront-Palm Lawn
Price: $13

This legendary cocktail is a vibrant blend of rum, passion fruit syrup, lime juice, and grenadine, served over ice. Let the tropical flavors and festive atmosphere transport you to the heart of the Crescent City as you savor every sip of this classic cocktail.

Josh Brasted Courtesy of French Quarter Fest
Award-Winning Chicken Sandwich – Southern’s


Award-Winning Chicken Sandwich

Vendor: Southern’s
Location: Jax Lot
Price: $12

Southern's is back again with its renowned Award-Winning Chicken Sandwich, reclaiming its well-deserved spotlight! Nestled between two soft, pillowy buns lies a masterpiece of perfectly fried chicken that bursts with an explosion of flavor with every bite. This culinary gem has undeniably captured the hearts of many, time and time again, earning its status as a beloved favorite. Join the ranks of those who have been enchanted by the irresistible allure of Southern's Chicken Sandwich and treat yourself to a taste sensation like no other.

Paul Broussard
Ms. Linda's Yakamein

Beef Yakamein

Vendor: Miss Linda The Yakamein Lady
Location: Jax Lot
Price: $14

Satisfy your craving for soulful flavors with Miss Linda the Yakamein Lady's Beef Yakamein! This dish is a beloved staple of New Orleans cuisine, offering a hearty blend of tender beef, noodles, and savory broth infused with a medley of spices. Each spoonful carries the warmth and comfort of homemade cooking, reflecting Miss Linda's dedication to her craft.

Butter Chicken Bowl

Vendor: LUFU NOLA Indian Kitchen
Location: Jax Lot
Price: $16

A tantalizing blend of tender, succulent chicken simmered in a velvety, buttery tomato-based sauce, infused with a harmonious blend of traditional Indian spices. Experience the rich and authentic taste of Indian cuisine with LUFU NOLA Indian Kitchen's Butter Chicken Bowl, a satisfying and flavorful choice for any discerning palate.

Josh Brasted, Courtesy of French Quarter Fest
Bulgogi Fries – Bao Mi

Bulgogi Fries

Vendor: Bao Mi
Location: Jax Lot
Price: $10

Bulgogi, meaning "fire meat" in Korean, is a beloved staple of Korean cuisine. But how do you elevate it to festival icon status? Simple. By combining this delectable meat with another festival favorite: fried potatoes! Tender, savory bulgogi piled high atop crispy, golden-brown French fries. It's a culinary marriage made in heaven, bringing together two iconic dishes into one irresistible fusion of flavors and textures.

Paul Broussard
Mango Freeze

Mango Freeze

Vendor: WWOZ
Location: Jax Lot
Price: $6

Quench your thirst and invigorate your senses with the perfect festival companion: the Mango Freeze. On a festival day nothing compares to its sweet, tart, and icy-cold allure. With its blazing shade of orange, this refreshing treat revitalizes festival-goers, offering a burst of tropical flavor that soothes the soul.

Snoball w/ Condensed Milk

Vendor: Plum Street Snoballs
Location: Jackson Square & Riverfront-Palm
Price: $6+

Snowballs are a cherished heartwarming delight in our city, a beloved treat that captures the essence of the warmer months. With an array of flavors to tantalize your taste buds, Plum Street is proud to serve up these frozen wonders at two locations during the festival this year. Don't let the opportunity pass you by – be sure to carve out some time to indulge in this icy treat! And for an extra touch of indulgence, why not add a drizzle of condensed milk? If you know, you know.

Cedric Ellsworth, Courtesy of French Quarter Fest
Surf & Turf Burger – Desire Oyster Bar


Surf & Turf Hamburger w/ Crawfish Cheese Sauce

Vendor: Desire Oyster Bar
Location: Riverfront-Palm Lawn
Price: $16

Traditionally, a hamburger lacks cheese, while a cheeseburger boasts that cheesy goodness. But what happens when you take a hamburger and elevate it with a luxurious crawfish cheese sauce? Suddenly, the lines blur, and you find yourself in uncharted territory. Yes, technically, it might now fall into the cheeseburger category, but this isn't your ordinary cheeseburger. This is a tantalizing fusion of flavors where succulent crawfish meets creamy cheese sauce atop a juicy hamburger patty.

Sweet Fried Plantains

Vendor: 14 Parishes Jamaican Restaurant
Location: Riverfront-Palm Lawn
Price: $8

These golden slices of perfection offer a symphony of flavors, expertly balancing sweetness with a tantalizing crispiness. Whether as a delightful snack or a flavorful side, each bite transports you to the sun-kissed shores of Jamaica!

Frenchie Sliders

Vendor: Couvant
Location: Riverfront-Palm Lawn
Price: $15

Each slider features a succulent Wagyu patty, expertly cooked to perfection, complemented by the rich and savory notes of bacon jam. The addition of tomato confit offers a burst of freshness, while the arugula adds a delightful crunch. With every bite, savor the harmony of flavors and textures, making Cochon's Frenchie Sliders a must.

Josh Brasted, Courtesy of French Quarter Fest
Cochon de Lait Po-Boy - Walker's Southern Style BBQ


Cochon De Lait Po-Boy

Vendor: Walker’s Southern Style BBQ
Location: RiverfrontKohlmeyer Lawn
Price: $12

Walker's Southern Style BBQ is setting taste buds ablaze with their irresistible Cochon De Lait Po-Boy! Curious what it entails? Picture this: a generous portion of slow-smoked pork nestled within a hearty Dong Phoung French bread, adorned with crisp, fresh cabbage, and drizzled with their signature wertie sauce. It's a symphony of flavors and textures, but the true star of this culinary masterpiece is undoubtedly the tender, smoky pork that melts in your mouth with every bite.

Cajun Seafood Eggrolls

Vendor: Café Dauphine
Location: Riverfront – Kohlmeyer Lawn
Price: $13

Fusing the bold flavors of Cajun cuisine with the comfort of classic eggrolls. Stuffed with a tantalizing mixture of cabbage, crawfish, and shrimp, each bite offers a harmonious blend of textures and tastes. To elevate the experience further, they are delicately drizzled with sweet chili sauce, adding a perfect balance of sweetness and spice. 

Josh Brasted, Courtesy of French Quarter Fest
Deep Fried Whole Snapper & Seafood Gumbo – Monday

Deep Fried Whole Snapper & Seafood Gumbo

Vendor: Monday
Location: Riverfont-Kohlmeyer
Price: Snapper $25 Seafood Gumbo $14

Deep-fried whole snapper paired with a steaming bowl of seafood gumbo. Can you feel the excitement? Because we certainly can! This dynamic duo epitomizes the essence of spring festivals with its vibrant flavors and tantalizing aromas. It's a celebration of seafood at its finest, a feast that beckons to all seafood lovers near and far.

Josh Brasted, Courtesy of French Quarter Fest
Oysters Morrow – Morrow’s

Oysters Morrow w/ Garlic Bread

Vendor: Morrow’s
Location: Riverfont-Kohlmeyer
Price: $16

Allow us to introduce you to the culinary marvel known as Oysters Morrow. Imagine a plump, fresh oyster, lovingly nestled in its half shell, generously stuffed with succulent crab meat. But that's not all – it's accompanied by a side of garlic bread, perfectly poised to soak up every last drop of the mouthwatering flavors the dish has to offer.

Stephen Smith, Jr., Loretta’s Pralines
Loretta's Praline Beignet

Praline Beignet

Vendor: Loretta’s Authentic Beignets
Location: Riverfront - Kohlmeyer
Price: $7

Beignets! Beignets! Beignets! Choose between the original version for a classic taste or opt for the decadence of chocolate-infused bliss. Each bite is a symphony of flavors, a perfect balance of sweetness and indulgence. Treat yourself to the irresistible allure of Loretta's Praline Beignets, a true delight for the senses.

Josh Brasted, Courtesy of French Quarter Fest
Yakiniku Po-Boy - Ajun Cajun

Spanish Plaza Food Area

Yakiniku Po-boy

Vendor: Ajun Cajun
Location: Spanish Plaza
Price: $13

If there's one thing you can count on, it's that anything delicious deserves a place on a po-boy. It's practically a rule of thumb, and we're more than happy to abide by it. So, allow us to introduce the Yakiniku Po-Boy!  Succulent garlic ribeye beef, expertly cooked to perfection, piled high on po-boy bread. It's a sight to behold and a flavor that will have your taste buds singing with delight.


Vendor: Miss River
Location: Spanish Plaza
Price: $14

This iconic sandwich is a flavorful masterpiece, boasting layers of savory cured meats, tangy giardiniera, and aged provolone cheese, all nestled within a freshly baked muffuletta bread. What sets Miss River's creation apart is the Sicilian oregano dressing, adding a burst of herbaceous flavor that perfectly complements the richness of the ingredients. With each bite, savor the harmonious blend of textures and tastes that have made the muffuletta a beloved classic.

Watermelon Blast Italian Ice

Vendor: Etalian Happy Ice
Location: Spanish Plaza
Price: $9

This icy treat is a burst of summer flavors, featuring the natural sweetness of watermelon blended with pure cane sugar and purified water. Alternatively, indulge in the tantalizing Blue My Mind Raspberry Italian Ice, which combines blue raspberry puree with fresh raspberries, pure cane sugar, and purified water. Whichever flavor you choose, each spoonful offers a cool and invigorating sensation, making it the perfect companion for a stroll through the festival.



The Lambeaux

Vendor: Smoke & Honey
Location: Jazz Museum
Price: Half $9 Whole $16

Tender and succulent slow-braised lamb leg takes center stage on this sandwich, complemented by creamy whipped feta, rich onion garlic jam, and crisp red onions. The addition of refreshing cucumbers adds a delightful contrast, all nestled within John Gendusa French bread. Whether you opt for a half or whole portion, each bite of The Lambeaux is better than the last.

Key Lime Mouse Tart

Vendor: Chef Shonda
Location: Jazz Museum
Price: $7

Say hello to the tangy richness of key lime mousse nestled within a crisp graham cracker tart shell, perfectly balanced with a refreshing mint leaf garnish. Each bite is a harmonious blend of sweet and citrusy goodness.

French Quarter Festival
Your guide to how to eat, drink, and dance your way through the FREE festival that celebrates NOLA's most famous neighborhood.