This festival was founded as a celebration of the local sandwich and the role it has played in New Orleans culinary culture. There’ll be three stages of music, an artist village, prizes and games at the children’s section, a po-boy history center, and without fail, the tastiest po-boys available in New Orleans. The festival is held on Oak Street and Carrollton Ave. Leave the car behind, it’s only a 20 minute streetcar from from Southern Comfort Bed and Breakfast.
Besides the loved and traditional fried shrimp, roast beef and oyster po-boys, you’ll find tasty and creative new comers from local vendors. A must is the fried green tomato and shrimp po-boy covered in remoulade sauce from Crabby Jacks. Last years prizewinner, from the Vietnamese community, was the “Shrimp Caminada” po-boy. Wrap your mouth around this one – shrimp sauteed in a chili- garlic butter with parsley, a pinch of anchovy and fresh lime juice. Covering the shrimp layer a slaw of shredded carrots, and cabbage, with a bit of red pepper, mint, cilantro, basil and finished with a hint of rice wine. Sandwich this between Leidenheimer french bread and OMG!
Last count confirmed thirty eight eateries have signed up for this year. Wonder what new creation will be the prize winner!