VISIT: FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL

Grab Your Fork & Corkscrew, May 24 – 28th: Tickets on Sale Now!

In 1991, a group of local wine and food professionals had a vision of creating a series of events to raise money for charity. The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience was born, and has now grown into one of the most prestigious festivals of its kind. The five-day bacchanalia brings together world-renowned winemakers, celebrated chefs and industry insiders for a showcase of signature events designed to entertain, educate and inspire! Purchase a Grand Taster Package – Become a VIP

NOWFE is a non-profit organization, dedicated to its hometown. See how NOWFE makes a difference

ABOUT THE OYSTER FESTIVAL

The New Orleans Oyster Festival will educate the country about the benefits of the Louisiana Gulf Oyster, honor and celebrate the restaurateurs and oyster farmers who have solidified the New Orleans French Quarters position as the Oyster Capital of America. Proceeds from the event will go to Local Coastal Communities.

VISIT: JAZZ FESTIVAL

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, or as the locals call it, Jazz Fest, is the celebration of the unique culture and heritage of New Orleans and Louisiana. Featuring an endless amount of music, succulent local and regional delicacies, one-of-a-kind handmade arts and crafts, second line parades and so much more – there is something for everyone at Jazz Fest!

Over the years Jazz Fest has received many honors, including being named the Festival of the Year four times by Pollstar magazine. The Wall Street Journal says Jazz Fest “showcases a wider, deeper lineup of essential American musical styles than any festival in the nation…” and Life magazine has called Jazz Fest “the country’s very best music festival."

With 12 stages of soul-stirring music—jazz, gospel, Cajun, zydeco, blues, R&B, rock, funk, African, Latin, Caribbean, folk, and much more—the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is a singular celebration. The event has showcased most of the great artists of New Orleans and Louisiana of the last half century: Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, The Neville Brothers, Wynton Marsalis, Dr. John, Branford Marsalis, Harry Connick Jr., Ellis Marsalis, The Radiators, Irma Thomas, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Allen Toussaint, Buckwheat Zydeco, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Better Than Ezra, Ernie K-Doe, Vernel Bagneris, The Zion Harmonizers, Beausoleil and many others.
New Orleans Jazz Fest

The Festival has always blended in a wide mix of internationally renowned guests, among them: Aretha Franklin, Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Santana, Sarah Vaughan, Paul Simon, Jimmy Buffett, Max Roach, B.B. King, Dave Matthews Band, Patti LaBelle, Tito Puente, the Allman Brothers Band, Joni Mitchell, Al Green, Linda Ronstadt, Lenny Kravitz, Sonny Rollins, Bonnie Raitt, James Brown, Celia Cruz, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Hugh Masekela, Cassandra Wilson, Willie Nelson, The Temptations, Burning Spear, Van Morrison, LL Cool J, Abbey Lincoln, Erykah Badu, Dave Brubeck, Gladys Knight, Youssou N’Dour and many, many others

VISIT: GUMBO COOK OFF

Friday 7:00 pm– 10:00 pm Saturday 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm Sunday 9:30 am – 4:00 pm in New Iberia

Gumbo is a rich soup built around a base of a dark, rich roux supplemented with celery, onion, peppers, spices and meat or seafood. Here in Louisiana, we revere gumbo. For those that don’t know, roux is flour browned in butter or oil that is used as a thickening, coloring and flavoring agent in pot food like stews and gumbos.

To my mind, if I’m going to attend a Gumbo Festival, I want to taste multiple types of gumbos. I want to compare, experiment and indulge. Surprisingly, most of the five or so Gumbo Festivals in Louisiana merely offer huge quantities of the two traditional types of gumbo: seafood, and chicken & sausage. But fear not, at the World Championship Gumbo Cookoff in New Iberia, more than 60 teams gather to compete and create a wonderful array of this rich concoction.

A cute little town about half an hour south of Lafayette, New Iberia, LA was founded by Spaniards in the late 1700s. The festival takes place in Bouligny Plaza, a sun-drenched plaza on the banks of Bayou Teche within walking distance of downtown attractions and restaurants. Saturday is billed as a Cajun and Creole Food Festival presenting favorite local foods - jambalaya, boudin, etouffee and burgers. But you won’t find any gumbo. That treat is saved for the big Cookoff on Sunday.

VISIT: LOUISIANA CAJUN-ZYDECO FESTIVAL

The Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival will take place June 11-12, 2011, at the Old U.S. Mint.

Beausoleil, Terrance Simien and Chubby Carrier - Grammy winners all - will be among the headline performers. Please check back soon for a complete schedule of performers and other information.

See below for a link to the archive web site for the 2010 event. For photos from the 2010 festival, please see our photo gallery.