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Street Festival

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

Street Festival
Date/Time:
Saturday, March 29 - 11 AM to 7 PM
Sunday, March 30 - 11 AM to 6 PM
Price:
Free!
Location:
French Market

Four blocks in the French Market will be lined with dozens of America's best hometown eats from New Orleans and all of Louisiana as well as from all across America, each offering a unique specialty. This is NOT 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 great regional eats as they stroll through the French Market inhaling delicious smells that range from real Texas pit barbecue to Pecan Pie to artisan boudin sausage made by Cajun country's most beloved butchers. There is no admission fee; just bring plenty of appetite!

America's Hometown Sweets

Sample the nation's best chocolates, cookies, candies, cakes, pies, and other delicous sweets.

America's Hometown Sweets
Date/Time:
Friday, March 28 - 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Price:
Location:
Cafe Reconcile, 1631 Oretha C Haley Boulevard

In the adventuresome spirit of the weekend's FoodFest, it will bring the best sweets from all over the country to New Orleans (and, of course, include local greats, too!), giving guests an unprecedented opportunity to sample, compare, and contrast regional taste in all those things that ring the chimes of a sweet tooth. Included among the goodies will be key lime pie from Key West, Moonshine cake from Virginia, "apple pie in a paper bag" from Wisconsin, the city's best pralines, smores, and plenty of beverages like egg creams, and coffee cabinets.

Beignet Eating Contest

Who will be crowned the World's Beignet Eating Champion?
Beignet eating contest
Date/Time:
Sunday, March 30 - 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Price:
Free!
Location:
French Market

The ultimate French Quarter eating competition! The New Orleans Fire Department will field a team of its top eaters to determine which of them can eat the most beignets in the least amount of time. Whereas normal eaters consume the city's beloved silky fritters in lots of two or three along with cafe au lait, in this fast-paced contest, the men in uniform devour them by the dozen, and the powdered sugar flies! The winning team takes home the World Champion Beignet Eating Belt. And this year, for the first time, the contest will feature an open competition for all who have the appetite and courage to compete in the Beignet Big League. For those interested, please show up 15 minutes before the start of the event for registration.


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