City Park Festival Grounds
With twice as many vendors as it had in 2012, the annual Louisiana Seafood Festival — held this year October 11-13 — might just live up to Chairman Tony Abadie’s goal: to become the Jazz and Heritage Festival of the fall. In its new location at the Festival Grounds in New Orleans City Park, the annual celebration of local seafood will have 38 restaurants and caterers, making this the biggest festival yet.
The next step in achieving a Jazz Fest-esque distinction: musical headliners. While visitors dine on crawfish Monica and the like (no need to ask where the crawfish are from), Better than Ezra will headline, and other local acts include Amanda Shaw, the Creole String Beans, Honey Island Swamp Band, Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes and Paul Varisco and the Milestones Band. On Sunday, overhead screens will broadcast the New Orleans Saints matchup against the New England Patriots.
In addition to musical acts, the festival will feature celebrity chef demonstrations, a kids’ pavilion, an arts and crafts village and, of course, the necessary libations to accompany a salty menu. Admission is free.
The Seafood Festival was established in 2006 to promote the seafood and tourism industries after Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil disaster. The event has bounced around from year to year, with previous locations at Lafayette Square, Fulton Street and Woldenberg Park.
Celebrate Our Rich Culinary Heritage
From Our Rivers to Our Lakes to Our Shores – and More!
From our waters to your plate, the Louisiana Seafood Festival is a celebration of all the fresh and flavorful seafood that makes our state great. Our three-day festival offers more and more every year:
• An Incredible Musical Lineup including Better Than Ezra, Honey Island Swamp Band, Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes and many more.
• A 4,000 Square Foot Covered Pavilion featuring celebrity chef demonstrations.
• A Kid’s Pavilion with special activities from the Louisiana Children’s Museum.
• An Arts & Crafts Village showcasing gifts, décor and more.
• Food and Beverages from some of the best vendors in the state.
• Free Admission — bring your friends and family!
The festival is produced by the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve New Orleans communities by providing support for the education, health, and social welfare of children in the community. A part of proceeds from the festival benefit this important foundation … learn more about our mission here.
Friday, October 11 – Sunday, October 13, 2013
City Park Festival Grounds
FREE ADMISSION – RAIN OR SHINE