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Countdown to April 1, 2017

Events

Street Festival
  • Date/Time:
    Saturday, April 1 - 11 AM to 7 PM
    Sunday, April 2 - 11 AM to 6 PM
  • Location:
    New Orleans Riverwalk's Spanish Plaza
  • Price:
    Free!

Food Festival

Sample over 50 America's hometown eats from around the country

New Orleans Riverwalk's Spanish Plaza will be lined with dozens of America's best hometown eats from New Orleans, other parts of Louisiana, as well as from across America. This is NOT a typical and expected festival fare: it is a taste of America's most celebrated dishes, all gathered in one place: a foodie's dream. Portions are right-sized and priced to provide everyone a chance to taste the maximum number of unique, specialty eats as they stroll through the Riverwalk's Spanish Plaza inhaling delicious smells that range from Tennessee barbecue ribs to New York custard to famous meat pies with "Louisiana Soulful Creole" flavor. There is no admission fee; just bring plenty of appetite!

Beignet Eating Contest
  • Date/Time:
    Sunday, April 2 - Time TBD
  • Location:
    New Orleans Riverwalk's Spanish Plaza
  • Price:
    Free!

Eating Competition

Who will be crowned the FoodFest Eating Champion?

Details Coming Soon!!

Great Eats

2017 Eats Coming Soon!


Take a Look at the Mouthwatering Eats from 2016

Salt Lick BBQ (Driftwood, TX) Smoked brisket, smoked pork ribs
Woody's Fish Tacos (New Orleans, LA) Fish tacos, gator sausage taco
Central BBQ (Memphis, TN) Ribs, BBQ nachos
Abbott's Frozen Custard (Rochester, NY) Vanilla Frozen Custard, Chocolate Almond Frozen Custard
Gus's Fried Chicken (Memphis, TN) Fried Chicken
Cafe Reconcile (New Orleans, LA) Roast Beef Debris Po-Boy, Bananas Foster Bread Pudding
Lasyone's Meat Pie Restaurant (Natchitoches, LA) Meat Pie, Crawfish Pie, Plantation Fried Bananas w/ Powdered Sugar & Ice Cream
Oceana Restaurant (New Orleans, LA) Blackened Catfish Po'Boy
Peck's Seafood (New Orleans, LA) Fried catfish, chicken and sausage jambalaya
Plum St. Snoballs (New Orleans, LA) Snoballs (11 flavors, sugar free & condensed milk)
New Orleans Hog Dogs (Arabi, LA) Bacon fried hot dogs, sausauge, double chocolate whiskey carmel brownies
Sheraton Hotel (New Orleans, LA) Seafood gumbo, Bronzed Redfish, Bananas Foster Bread Pudding Po-Boy
Voleo's Seafood (Lafitte, LA) Smothered rabbit po boy, muffalettas, crabmeat boudin balls
Flambeaux Cafe (New Orleans, LA) Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya, Fried Cheese Stuffed Ravioli Topped w/ Crawfish Cream Sauce
Bobby Hebert's Cajun Cannon (Metairie, LA) Cajun Nachos
Tessier Gourmet (Folsom, LA) All Beef Tamale w/ cheese grits
The Big Cheezy (New Orleans, LA) Mac N Cheezy Grilled Cheese, Tomato Soup
Cali-Cajun Cuisine (New Orleans, LA) Crawfish bread, crabcake po-boy
Creole House Restaurant and Oyster Bar (New Orleans, LA) Chargilled oysters, garlic bacon oysters
Liberty Cheesesteak (New Orleans, LA) Philly cheesesteak with wiz, Italian hoagies

Some of the Legendary Eats Served in Previous Years

Philadelphia cheesesteak 'wit whiz'

Philadelphia cheesesteak "wit whiz"

Dat's Good Food
New Orleans, Louisiana
Pimento cheese french fries

Pimento cheese french fries

The Fry Bar
New Orleans, Louisiana
Boneless pork spare rib sandwich

Boneless pork spare rib sandwich

Hominy Grill
Charleston, South Carolina
Red hots

Red hots

LDR Char Pit
Rochester, New York
Frozen Pops - Louisana strawberry lemon

Frozen Pops - Louisana strawberry lemon

Meltdown Pops
New Orleans, Louisiana
Oyster Rockefeller nachos

Oyster Rockefeller nachos

Oceana Restaurant
Rochester, New York
Breaded pork tenderloin sandwich

Breaded pork tenderloin sandwich

Farmer's Kitchen
Atlantic, IA
Grilled cheese with boudin ball

Grilled cheese with boudin ball

Johnson's Boucaniere Smoked Meats
Lafayette, LA
Debris sandwich

Debris sandwich

The Que Crawl Truck
New Orleans, Louisiana
Pecan turtles

Pecan turtles

Turtle Alley
Gloucester, Massachusetts
Dry rub ribs

Dry rub ribs

Central BBQ
Memphis, TN
Snoballs

Snoballs

Plum Street Snoballs
New Orleans, Louisana
Pecan Pie

Pecan Pie

Royer's Round Top Cafe
Round Top, Texas
Sausage and Brisket from Louie Mueller's, Taylor, Texas

Smoked Brisket

Louie Mueller's
Taylor, Texas
Baked Alaska with Chocolate Sauce

Baked Alaska with Chocolate Sauce

Antoine's Annex
New Orleans, Louisana
Pulled pork sandwich

Pulled pork sandwich

Central BBQ
Memphis, TN
Pork and Cheese Tamale

Pork and Cheese Tamale

Tuscon Tamale
Tuscon, AZ
Pork boudin

Pork Boudin

Johnson's Boucaniere Smoked Meats
Lafayette, LA
Chicken and sausage gumbo

Chicken and sausage gumbo

Prejean's Restaurant
Lafayette, LA
Crawfish pie - Meat pie

Crawfish pie - Meat pie

Lasyone's Meat Pie Restaurant
Natchitoches, Louisiana
Crawfish enchiladas

Crawfish enchiladas

Blue Dog Cafe
Lafayette, Louisiana
Jambalaya

Jambalaya

Tabasco Country Store
Avery Island, Louisiana
Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake

Cafe Reconcile
New Orleans, Louisiana
Duck Cracklin

Duck cracklin

The Que Crawl Truck
New Orleans, Louisiana
Grilled Oysters

Grilled Oysters

Royal House
New Orleans, Louisiana
Hand cut French Fries

Hand cut French Fries

The Que Crawl Truck
New Orleans, Louisiana
Fried Catfish

Fried Catfish

Dunbar's Seafood
New Orleans, Louisiana
Debris Po Boy

Debris Po Boy

Cafe Reconcile
New Orleans, Louisiana
Mint Julip

Mint Julip

Tennessee Williams Festival Booth

Good Deeds

Social Awareness

The Cafe Reconcile Organization is the non-profit partner of the NOLA FoodFest

Housed in the Central City neighborhood of New Orleans, the work of Reconcile New Orleans is to provide at-risk youth an opportunity to learn life and interpersonal skills and operational training for successful entry into the hospitality and restaurant industries; to provide an economic development cornerstone for the Central City neighborhood, and to provide services to address unmet neighborhood needs (such as quality family-based literacy instruction for adults and children) until such time as other local organizations can establish their own programs in the community. Reconcile New Orleans Youth Workforce training program has successfully enrolled over 500 youth between the ages of 16 and 22 to learn basic life skills, interpersonal skills and work skills to enable and empower them to successfully enter the second-largest non-governmental workforce in New Orleans' entertainment and hospitality industry.

To learn more about Cafe Reconcile, please visit http://www.cafereconcile.com

Sponsors

Hotel

Recommended Accommodations

Hotel Monteleone

Located in the heart of the French Quarter, The Hotel Monteleone places you in the middle of all the action for the festival weekend. Aside from the incredible location, the AAA Four Diamond rated property also features a rooftop pool and fitness center for those looking to relax or work up an appetite.

We have secured a very special rate of $249/night which includes free internet for Friday, Saturday and Sunday night.

Only a limited number of rooms are available, so be sure to book ASAP. Call 1-800-217-2033 and ask for the "FoodFest" block.

You can also book rooms at this link. If you have any difficulties booking online, calling the above number may secure you a room that is no longer available on the web site.


Bienville House

Located in the heart of the French Quarter, The Bienville House places you in the middle of all the action for the festival weekend.

We have secured a very special rate of $205/night which includes free internet and continental breakfast for Friday, Saturday and Sunday night.

Only a limited number of rooms are available, so be sure to book ASAP. Call 800-535-7836 and ask for the "FoodFest" block.

You can also book rooms at this link. If you have any difficulties booking online, calling the above number may secure you a room that is no longer available on the web site.

About

What is FoodFest?

Foodfest is a weekend-long celebration of America's hometown eats - the unforgettable, informal fare found in village cafes and city neighborhoods, shoreline seafood shacks, barbecue parlors, chicken dinner halls, pie palaces, and food trucks.

Foodfest is an amazing food-focused weekend (in America's most food-focused city) to which cooks from all over the country come to make and serve their regional specialties to foodies strolling through the French Market. There is no typical Midway fair food here! From Yankee chowder to Tucson tamales and from Memphis barbecue to genuine mint juleps, everything is a great American classic, cooked and served by the culinary folk artists who know how to make it right.

Foodfest started in 2009 as the New Orleans Roadfood Festival, spun out of the website Roadfood.com, which was founded in 2000 by Stephen Rushmore and Jane and Michael Stern. Roadfood.com, which has inspired countless other media to follow its path to the nation's edible treasures, remains the premier internet source for discovering authentic regional American food.





Contact Us

Direct All FoodFest Inquiries To

Erin Murphy
emurphy@nocci.com
504-888-7608


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