The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation will host the always festive Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival, a celebration of the famous southern Louisiana stew, this Nov. 12 and 13, from 11 am to 7:15 pm, at Louis Armstrong Park (701 N. Rampart St).
Located in the Faubourg Tremé, one of the oldest neighbourhoods of the city, the festival will not only celebrate the delicious dish, but also honour the Creole culture and the brass bands tradition as it will offer performances from many artists such as the Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band, the Hot 8 Brass Band, the Treme Brass Band, and many more.
If gumbo nicely symbolizes the cultural mix that is so characteristic of New Orleans, its many variations will still be presented; we’re thinking Smoked Tofu & Portobello Mushroom, Seafood, Vegan, Filé Seafood & Meat Lover’s, Creole Dark Roux, Sausage & Andouille, etc. Tasting portions will be available for $3 and regular size portions will cost between $6 and $10.
More than 12 restaurants will participate in the festivities and provide other tasty specialties like crawfish etouffé, Po-Boys, Jambalaya, Red Beans and Rice and desserts too. Two cooking demonstrations per day, including presentations from Susan Spicer, of Bayona, Mondo & Rosedale Restaurants and Wayne Baquet, of Li’l Dizzy’s Café, will allow attendees to learn how to cook their very own gumbo.
As well as pleasing foodies’ palates, the festival will display an Arts market and exhibit hand-made crafts from local artists and designers; DOPEciety, Fit to be Tied, Bayou Soap Company, Ginger Kelly Glass Studio, Dante’s Masquerade, Swamp Dog & Friends are only a few of those that will be present this weekend.
Admission is free, but donations to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation are warmly encouraged. Bon appétit!