In New Orleans, there’s a festival for everything—including our favorite foods! In some parts of the country this beloved sandwich is known as a “submarine” or “hoagie,” but here in New Orleans, it’s the po-boy.
Piled with lettuce, tomato and pickles and filled with roast beef, fried shrimp, oysters–or whatever you choose–po-boys are stuffed and slathered with sauce or mayonnaise, and then served between two long pieces of French bread. The po-boy, or “poor boy” sandwich dates back to 1929 due to a streetcar strike. The po-boy remains an inexpensive and filling sandwich, and naturally there’s a festival all about it.
At Oak Street Po-Boy Fest, try dozens upon dozens of po-boys in the Uptown Carrollton neighborhood. It’s a block party with multiple stages of live music, an arts market, and lots of other food for the taking. The food lineup is usually released in the days before the festival, typically held the first Sunday of November, but expect everything from oysters Rockefeller po-boys to smoked beef cheek po-boys to deep fried buffalo shrimp banh mi and vegan oyster mushroom po-boys.
Presented by Tony Chachere’s, a portion of the proceeds from the festival are donated to Son of a Saint, a mentoring non-profit for young boys in New Orleans.
When is Oak Street Po-Boy Festival?
Oak Street Po-Boy Fest is typically held on the first Sunday of November. Sunny skies and mild temperatures set this festival apart from the others.
Where is the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival?
Oak Street Po-Boy Fest is held outdoors along Oak Street, beginning at Oak and S. Carrollton Avenue. Not only is the festival a culinary celebration of a famous sandwich, it also celebrates the rebirth of a once-thriving shopping district with roots as deep as the neighborhood itself. Carrollton was a separate city until it was annexed by New Orleans in 1874, and Oak Street was its commercial hub.
During the festival, merchants along the Oak Street commercial corridor open their doors for browsers and buyers alike, offering a wide variety of merchandise ranging from vintage books and jewelry, to works of art and unique apparel. Coffee shops and cozy little dining establishments offer their specialties, as well as VIP lounges.
Where can I find more information about The Oak Street Po-Boy Festival?
More information on The Oak Street Po-Boy Festival can be found on their website.
What is the Lineup for The Oak Street Po-Boy Festival?
Various local bands will play throughout the day on multiple stages. Past lineups have included George Porter Trio, Soul Brass Band, J and the Causeways, Funk Monkeys, and Tap Dat.
What Food Vendors will be at The Oak Street Po-Boy Festival?
Fried shrimp, oysters and catfish, along with ham and cheese and roast beef are the favorites but there are over 60 choices to choose from! You can order them "dressed" with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and mayo or "naked" without the condiments. Either way they are delicious!