Like most New Orleans festivals, French Quarter Festival is a foodie’s paradise. Whether you want to stick to local classics or try something new and out of the box, this festival has tons of dishes to satiate your taste buds. Here’s a quick guide to some of the different types of food you can find at French Quarter Fest 2015
New Orleans’ Classics
When you come to visit chances are you want to relish in some of the classic Cajun and Creole dishes that make up the litany of popular local foods. French Quarter Fest naturally has many of them to choose from, including Tujague’s Chicken & Andouille Jambalaya and its Seafood Stuffed Mirliton with Creole Sauce, Barreca’s Louisiana Crawfish Etouffee, Café Reconcile’s BBQ Shrimp & Grits, K-Paul’s Famous Butterbeans & Rice, Praline Connection’s Fried Jumbo Chicken Wings with Mustard Greens, Patois’ Smoked Chicken & Sausage Gumbo, and Hot Boiled Crawfish from Rouses.
A Rich Selection of Po-boys
Locals and visitors love po-boys, and with its extensive list of po-boys on the food lineup, French Quarter Fest aims to please. Try Love at First Bite’s Cochon de Lait Po-boy, Rib Room’s Prime Rib Debris Po-Boy, Red Fish Grill’s Blackened Shrimp Po-boy with Pickled Pepper Relish, Desire Oyster Bar’s Fried Oyster Po-boy, Voleo’s Seafood Restaurant’s Smothered Rabbit Po-boy or Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon BBQ Shrimp Stuffed Po-boy.
It may seem like New Orleans food and gluten-free could never go hand in hand, but several vendors do offer grain-free items: Galatoire’s Shrimp Remoulade, Jacques-Imo’s Crab & Artichoke Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette, Bennachin’s Jerk Chicken, Rice & Steamed Veggies, Reba’s Super Soaked Salad from Theo’s Neighborhood Pizza, WWOZ’s Mango Freezes and Plum Street’s Snowballs. Check out the festival’s menu online for plenty of vegetarian options as well.
Save on More Food
Can’t decide which dishes to choose from? Luckily, several booths offer combo plates so you can try a little bit of everything while putting a little money back in your pocket to save or spend elsewhere. Muriel’s Jackson Square’s combo includes Crawfish & Goat Cheese Crepes and Shrimp & Eggplant Stuffing, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse offers Mini Steak Sliders with BBQ Butter and Sweet Potato Casserole, Westin Canal Place offers Cayenne Crawfish Tamales and Truffle Parmesan Cracklin’ and Court of Two Sisters offers Crawfish Louise and Turtle Soup.
Quench Your Thirst
Whether you want to hydrate or mix a cocktail into your French Quarter Fest experience, beverage vendors have you covered. All food areas have plenty of beverage booths, and purchasing drinks from them rather than bringing your own directly benefits the musicians performing at the festival.
Abita Brewing, one of the festival’s main sponsors, will be on hand with its Amber, Light, Strawberry, Purple Haze and new Wrought Iron IPA varieties on draft and a few selections in a can as well. New Orleans Daiquiris serves up their own cool refreshments in small cups as well as sports bottles and tumblers, and the latter two can be refilled throughout the fest. Wine, mimosas and assorted cocktails are also available, including Jack Daniel’s Airstream Bar in the Jax Lot, where you can try Jack Daniel’s Black, Honey and Fire varieties. For something a little less fiery, soft drinks, Gatorade and Aquafina water will be around as well.
French Quarter Fest has a wealth of things to do, see, hear and, of course, eat, so not a moment should be spent wondering what there is to try next. Use this guide or do some more sleuthing online to figure out what booths you want to stake out ahead of time so you can enjoy the fest and the French Quarter that much more.