What is known in some parts of the country as a "submarine sandwich" and in other parts as a "hoagie," is called a "po-boy" in New Orleans. And, like many other uniquely New Orleans and Louisiana creations, there is a festival to celebrate it, as well as a colorful story behind it.
When is the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival?
The Oak Street Po-Boy Festival will take place on November 6 along a commercial strip of Oak Street in the city's Carrollton neighborhood. The one-day-only event, with hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., features live music, arts and crafts and – of course -- booths offering many different types of po-boys.
Where is the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival?
The festival is located uptown. Rideshare/taxi//public transportation is available.
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 buy tickets to the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival?
Admission is free, but a $5 wristband must be purchased to access the po-boy vendors. Wristbands can be purchased from the various booths at the festival. The festival is fun for the whole family! VIP wristbands are available and get you access to the VIP lounge, as well as a "fast pass" to cut the lines. VIP passes at $99, but you can purchase just a a fast pass for $20.
The festival is not only pedestrian-friendly, it is also bike-friendly. Sufficient lock-up racks for bicycles are expected to be available by fest time. You can also take the historic St. Charles Avenue streetcar to the Oak Street stop and back. The fare is only $1.25 each way (exact change required).
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 four stages. The 2018 lineup included George Porter Trio, Soul Brass Band, J and the Causeways, Funk Monkeys and Tap Dat. The Saints game was also streamed live! Check back for this year's lineup.
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 yummy! This year there are more than 40 food and beverage vendors!