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French Market’s Annual Creole Tomato Festival, 2014

DATE
Sat, Jun 7, 2014
through Sun, Jun 8, 2014
DETAILS

June 7 and 8 from 10a - 7p
Free and open to the public

The French Market’s Annual Creole Tomato Festival happens along a 3 block stretch of the Market, between Dumaine and Barracks in the lower French Quarter.
 
Approximately 15 festival food booths will feature Creole tomato dishes of all kinds, from crabmeat stuffed tomatoes to fried green tomatoes to Creole tomato and basil filled crepes—and of course, bloody marys!  
 
Children’s activities will occur in an area known as Dutch Alley, a corridor that includes the indoor, air-conditioned New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park. Music, miniature golf, indoor dance lessons, facepainting, and children’s crafts will be featured in this free kids activity area.
 
Cooking demonstrations will occur throughout the day featuring local chefs demonstrating and offering samples to such dishes as –Buttermilk Biscuit with Creole Tomato Jam and Grilled Corn Maque Choux—-Thin Fried Catfish topped with a Sauteed Shrimp and Creole Tomato Sauce—-Creole Tomato & Summer Melon Gazpacho—-Creole Tomato Cupcakes—-Creole Tomato stuffed with Cajun Dirty Rice
 
Quirky aspects include:  People strolling the grounds in tomato costumes and handing out tomato shaped fans (will get you photos for this); Creole tomato eating contests;  bite size tomato samples so you can taste a fresh one yourself and decide if you want to purchase a box to take home! There will be several local produce vendors selling the ripest Creole tomatoes that you can find…this weekend marks the official “opening” of the Creole tomato season!
 
Live Music Schedule 
Saturday, June 7 — Abita Beer Stage near Barracks Street, alongside the Flea Market
11:45a-1:15p Pocket Aces Brass Band
1:45-3:15p  Waylon Thibodeaux
3:45-5:15p Billy Iuso and Friends 
5:45-7:00p Brass a Holics
 
Saturday, June 7 — Dutch Alley pavilion stage at St. Phillip and Decatur Streets, riverside
11a -12:15p   Ashley Renay  
12:45-2:15p  Shotgun Jazz Band
2:45-4:15p Kelcy Mae
4:30-6:00p  Washboard Chaz Blues Trio
 
 Sunday, June 8 — Abita Beer Stage near Barracks Street, alongside the Flea Market
11:45a-1:15p Kid Merv & All That Jazz
1:45-3:15p   HoneyPots
3:45-5:15p   Los Po Boy Citos 
5:45-7:00p    Erica Falls
 
Sunday, June 8 — Dutch Alley pavilion stage at St. Phillip and Decatur Streets, riverside
11a-12:15p Paul Sanchez
12:45-2:15p   Tuxedo Jazz Band
2:45-4:15p   Royal  & Dumaine Hawaiians
4:45-6:00p Ganey Arsement

VENUE

French Market
French Market
1235 North Peters Street
New Orleans, LA 70116
Erica Falls
Erica Falls. Photo by Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee
Paul Sanchez
Paul Sanchez
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