Love a great gumbo? Whether it’s chicken and andouille or chock full of seafood, gumbo is one of the staples of New Orleans and Creole food, and it’s done up a million different ways by restaurants and families across the city. For this reason, gumbo is seen as a testament to New Orleans culture in general, as the city is a melting pot of people, cultures and traditions. To celebrate gumbo and the Treme neighborhood, the Louisiana Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation presents the seventh annual Treme Creole Gumbo Festival (Nov. 8-9, 11 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.).
The festival is situated in the quaint setting of Armstrong Park, specifically in Congo Square, a historic New Orleans landmark where antebellum slaves socialized and held rituals complete with traditional African dances and music. It’s here that the foundation of jazz was cultivated as well as other roots music, such as the beloved brass band.
Treme Creole Gumbo Festival combines these aspects of local culture with a slew of gumbo dishes served up throughout the grounds, in addition to other traditional New Orleans foods. One of the latest additions to the festival is the Vegan Gumbo Competition, which spiced up the lineup for vegetarians and vegans, who usually cannot eat the meat and seafood filled gumbo selections.