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Foodfest

  • 1 Poydras Street , New Orleans , LA 70130 | P: (504) 888-7608
  • 1 Poydras Street , New Orleans , LA 70130
    P: (504) 888-7608
  • 1 Poydras Street
    New Orleans , LA 70130
    P: (504) 888-7608
  • Dates: March 1, 2018 - March 1, 2018
  • Recurrence: Recurring every March 1st
  • Location: Spanish Plaza

Held  annually in the Spanish  Plaza in March, FoodFest is a  weekend-long celebration of hometown eats focusing on the unique, informal fare  found in village cafes and city neighborhoods, shoreline seafood shacks,  barbecue parlors, chicken dinner halls, pie palaces, and food trucks.

Cooks from all over the country converge  in New Orleans to serve their regional specialties                            throughout the French Market. Everything  from appetizers to entrees to desserts. Everything from Maine lobster, Yankee  chowder to Tucson tamales and Texas and Memphis barbecue and genuine Southern mint  juleps. Every food offering is a great American classic, cooked and served by  the culinary artists who often follow recipes handed down from previous generations.  Age-old, tried-and-true formulas that give each dish its distinctive flavor and  quality. And, of course, Louisiana's indigenous Cajun and Creole cuisine -  especially seafood - fits right in with the rest of them.                           

Renowned the world over for its culinary  reputation, New Orleans is the ideal place for staging a festival dedicated to  "America's Hometown Eats." Unlike most other culinary festivals, FoodFest  de-emphasizes fast food served by franchise operations and haute cuisine  specialties served by pricey, upscale restaurants, preferring instead to  feature "authentic regional American food"; food items eaten by the average person at generally  affordable prices.

                            Begun in 2009 as the New Orleans  Roadfood Festival and held primarily on Royal Street in the French Quarter, the  festival changed its name and location in its fifth year. Now known as FoodFest, it moved to the French Market in 2013 and expanded its range of  offerings.

                            Opening night festivities now  include a sampling of dessert confectionaries and the second night offers a  real, Cajun-style crawfish boil and fais-do-do music and dance party, both open  to the public for an affordable per-person charge. The rest of the festival is  free, except for the food itself. In recent years as many as 50 restaurants and  vendors have participated and the numbers grow every year.

The FoodFest is a joint venture of Roadfood.com  and the New Orleans Convention Company. It was spun out of the website  Roadfood.com, which was founded in 2000 by Stephen Rushmore and Jane and  Michael Stern.For more information on the event, visit the  festival's website at www.nolafoodfest.com or call (504) 888-7608.