article courtesy neworleansonline.com
Louisiana Seafood Festival
There is a sign hanging in a French Quarter restaurant that says “The oysters on your plate right now slept last night in the Gulf of Mexico.” Those few words more than adequately sum up the freshness and quality of the seafood served in our local dining establishments.
New Orleans is world-renowned for the taste and quality of its seafood, much of which comes from the nearby Gulf of Mexico and the marshlands and bayous that feed into it. Given that reputation, organizers of the Louisiana Seafood Festival felt there was no better place than New Orleans to hold such an event and they turned it into a three-day celebration.
This year’s Seafood Festival will again be held at the City Park Festival Grounds, adjacent to scenic Bayou St. John and the picturesque lagoons of the park itself. It was moved there last year from Woldenberg Riverfront Park to accommodate larger crowds and provide more convenient parking.
This year’s dates are October 10-12.
The hours are:
- Saturday, October 11 – 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
- Sunday, October 12 – 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
This free, family-friendly festival features live entertainment, celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, local arts and crafts, activities for the kids and world-famous cuisine from top New Orleans restaurants and caterers. Many species of fish, plus shrimp, crab, oysters, crawfish – even alligators and other delicacies hauled out of the water are featured in a multitude of creative dishes that will please the palate.
This year some two dozen of New Orleans’ top restaurants will be taking part in this year’s Seafood Festival, including:
- Andrea’s Restaurant
- Bacchus Bistro & Bar
- Blue Crab Restaurant
- Boomtown Casino
- Café Giovanni
- Café Reconcile
- Drago’s Seafood Restaurant
- Ernst Café
- Jacques-Imo’s Café
- Lüke Restaurant
- Miss Linda The Ya-Ka-Mein Lady
- Mr. Mudbug Catering
- Redfish Grill
- Royal House Restaurant & Oyster Bar
- Seither’s Seafood
- Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar
- Trey Yuen
- TJ Gourmet
- Woody’s Fish Tacos
WWL Cooking Pavilion
Present at this year’s festival, as in past years, will be the 4,000 square-foot Cooking Pavilion sponsored by WWL-TV Channel 4. The pavilion will feature celebrity chef cooking demonstrations from some of the top seafood chefs in the state. These chefs will reveal their secrets to exceptional seafood preparation and cooking.
Previous celebrity chef lineups have featured such favorites as John Besh, Tenney Flynn, Michael Sichel, Greg Sonnier and many more. For more details, check out the 2014 Chef’s Demonstration Schedule or find the Louisiana Seafood Festival on Facebook.
What’s the perfect pairing with Louisiana Seafood? The answer is Louisiana tunes! Our musicians bring an authentic touch to the festival, offering a toe-tapping experience you won’t want to miss. With a half dozen or more bands playing almost continuously on all three days, you’re in for a real treat.
Here are the performers scheduled for this year’s Seafood Fest:
Saturday, October 11
- N’awlins Johnnies
- Flow Tribe
- Honey Island Swamp Band
- Drivin N Cryin
- Pat Green
Sunday, October 12
- Cajun Brunch with Waylon Thibodeaux
- Eric Lindell
- Paul Varisco & The Milestones w/ Luther Kent
- Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen
- Benji Davis
Crafts and Kids
Past festivals have also included artists’ booths featuring some of the New Orleans area’s most talented artists in jewelry, woodworks, textiles and more. Souvenir baseball caps, posters, T-shirts, cooking aprons, jewelry and other memorabilia are on sale on the festival grounds. Check out the full list of participating vendors.
This year there will also be a Kids’ Pavilion offering special activities sponsored by the Louisiana Children’s Museum.
For detailed driving directions to the Louisiana Seafood Festival, visit the festival contact page.
If you are arriving from from the French Quarter or downtown New Orleans take the Esplanade Avenue (#91) bus to City Park. To see the route in more detail click here.
You can also catch the continuously running Canal Street Streetcar, transferring to the North Carrollton Avenue streetcar branch and taking it to the end of the line at Beauregard Circle (the main entrance to City Park). Visit the map city’s map schedule for a handy streetcar map.
About the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation
The festival is staged by the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation, along with the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board. All proceeds from the festival benefit the LHF.
The Louisiana Hospitality Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to offer greater access to culinary education and arts, while providing support for the health and social welfare of children across the state. The LHF executes this through community outreach, children’s education, hospitality industry financial assistance and benevolence.
For more information, visit the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation website.