The first ever Beignet Fest is coming to Lafayette Square this Saturday October 8! From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., you can come out and enjoy the classic New Orleans dessert in all its many forms. Fifteen different local restaurants will be serving up over 20 beignet-inspired dishes, including bacon cheddar beignets, crawfish beignets, Bananas Foster beignets, and of course, the good ol’ fashioned, powdered-sugar-laden traditional variety (with or without café au lait). In addition to satisfying all your beignet cravings, you can also take in music from Big Sam’s Funky Nation and the John Papa Gros Band, among others.
According to Nola.com, the mayor’s office reports that this new festival will be the 133rd festival that New Orleans hosts.
Awards will be given for the best beignets in several categories, including a crowd favorite prize. And it’s a family-friendly day as well. Not only can you feast on treats the whole family will love, but there are plenty of activities to keep the kiddos entertained in the “Kids Village,” such as a giant Jenga game and make-your-own beignet art.
All proceeds will benefit the Tres Doux Foundation and help support local nonprofits for autistic children. Festival founder and event producer Sherwood Collins said, “We are thrilled to celebrate the beignet, while raising awareness and funds for a cause that is very close to our hearts.”
Don’t miss the tasty and charitable event.
For more information, go to www.beignetfest.com.