This is the time of year in New Orleans that food festivals are a second (or a first depending on how much of a foodie you are) to music festivals. An upcoming festival that you don’t want to miss if you will be in New Orleans at the end of March is the 4rth Annual New Orleans Roadfood Festival It starts on March 23rd. So you may be asking yourself what Roadfood is? It is “great regional meals along highways, in small towns and in city neighborhoods” according to http://www.neworleansroadfoodfestival.com/ Bring your appetite if your attending the festival, because you will be sampling over 50 legendary eats from around the country. There are several main events that are a part of this festival.
On Saturday, March 24 – 11 AM to 7 PM and Sunday, March 25 – 11 AM to 6 PM the French Market will be home to 6 blocks of Roadfood cooks from New Orleans, Lousiana and across America. Everyone has a unique specialty item. You will be able to taste to your hearts desire and portions are sized and priced to allow you to taste non-stop. Come expecting the aroma of regional eats real Texas pit barbecue to Pecan Pie to artisan boudin sausage made by Cajun country’s most beloved butchers.
The Kickoff Party
Also called “Behind the scenes with the “Splendid Table.” Join Lynne Rossetto Kasper, Roadfood creators Jane & Michael Stern, and a host of notable chefs for an unforgettable evening. On Friday, March 23 – 6:30 PM to 9 PM at the Grand Ballroom of the Royal Sonesta Hotel, 300 Bourbon Street for a $60 ticket there will be “open-bar cocktails and a presentation of Big Easy hors d’oeuvres for all. Guests have the opportunity to meet & greet Poppy Tooker, host of public radio’s “Louisiana Eats!” and Lynne Rossetto Kasper, host of “The Splendid Table.” Lynne and “Splendid Table” producer, Sally Swift, will be signing their book How To Eat Weekends, Doug Sohn of Hot Doug’s will be receiving the Blue Plate award, and Jane & Michael Stern will be signing the newest edition of their book Roadfood.” Tickets are limited, you can order them directly from Roadfood.com
Beignet Eating Contest
On Sunday, March 25 – 1 PM to 1:30 PM the French Market is host to the ultimate French Quarter eating competition! The delicious blend of fritters and powdered sugar that Beignet’s have may be too much to consume in the contest, but there will be plenty around for the bystanders as well. 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. 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.