Celebrating the long heritage of what is known as the oldest neighborhood of free African Americans in the United States, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation will host the eleventh annual Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival November 17-18. The 2018 festival is dedicated to the memory of Travis "Trumpet Black" Hill.
The festival will be staged in Congo Square in the corner of Louis Armstrong Park, as well as in other sections throughout the park. Hours are from 11:00 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. both days and admission is FREE. Donations to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation are accepted.
Commonly considered the birthplace of Jazz, in the Faubourg Tremé neighborhood of New Orleans, you can both hear and feel the heartbeat of the city through the music. The highlight of the festival, in addition to the gumbo, is its traditional New Orleans jazz performances by renowned artists, many of whom grew up in the historic Tremé neighborhood.
This free festival will feature New Orleans’ finest collections of jazz, R&B, brass jazz band, and more. Between sets, attendees can browse the Arts Market for some colorful, uniquely creative hand-made crafts. You can also continue the celebrations through the evening with the Brass Menagerie second line parade!
Fest-goers can expect performances by The Rebirth Brass Band, James Andrews, Ashlin Parker's Trumpet Mafia, Hot 8 Brass Band and many more. For the full line up and schedule, visit here. Almost all performers have a connection to the late Trumpet Black.
This year's festival will also feature live cooking demonstrations by:
Poppy Tooker, host of the “Louisiana Eats” radio program
Celebrity chef Kevin Belton
Chef Ericka Lassir of Diva Dawg
Chef Tia Moore Henry of Café Dauphine
In addition to the music, you'll discover some of the best gumbo cooking to be found in the southern Louisiana region. Representing the cultural mix of New Orleans, gumbo is a signature dish at many of the city's great restaurants, several of which always maintain a presence at the festival. From dark roux chicken and sausage gumbo, Creole filé gumbo, seafood gumbo, and even vegan gumbo, the festival will feature something for everyone. There will even be a gumbo cook-off, and several cooking demonstrations by local chefs!
In addition to tons of local foods and amazing music, you’ll also find an arts market filled with a variety of goods to view and purchase, and kids’ activities.
The festival will be held in Congo Square in the corner of Louis Armstrong Park, as well as in other sections of the park on North Rampart Street between St. Peter and St. Philip streets, directly opposite of the French Quarter and within easy walking distance from anywhere in the neighborhood.
For more information about the festival, visit the festival’s website.
Just steps from the French Quarter sits this public park that honors the jazz great Louis Armstrong. Look for the iconic, arched entrance"”inside you'll find sites like Congo Square (a historic meeting place for...