Louisiana produce contributes enormously to the deliciousness of food in New Orleans and throughout the state, and Creole tomatoes are one such food that local restaurants and homecooks love. The Creole tomato is so beloved that each year, the city celebrates with the French Market Creole Tomato Festival, held this year June 13 and 14.
Marking its 29th year, this free French Market festival offers a wide range of products and activities that all center around the Creole tomato. A clear draw for many is the opportunity to choose among a wealth of pristine, fresh Creole tomatoes for sale from local farmers who show off their freshly picked in-season produce. Both locals and visitors will take these tomatoes home to create delicious Creole dishes as well as other tomato-based meals, all of which benefit from the succulent sweetness that Creole tomatoes provide. And, of course, there will about a dozen food booths serving Creole tomato dishes as well as other seasonal, local items, including dishes prepared by exciting new restaurants sprouting up across the city.
From Dumaine and Decatur St to Barracks St, the festival stretches out, providing a variety of things to do for attendees. The festival will have three music stages set up featuring a wide range of performers, including Jon Cleary, New Orleans Nightingales, Paul Sanchez, Tornado Brass Band, Washboard Chaz, and the Leroy Jones Quintet, to name a few. The festival also hosts a Culinary Stage where attendees can enjoy cooking demonstrations and culinary discussions throughout the weekend. There will also be children’s activities, including misting fans, miniature golf, sets of foam blocks, arts and crafts, face painting and more.
Also a part of the festival activities is the second annual Summer Harvest Gala, held June 10 at the French Market, so if you’ll be in town earlier in the week, you’ll enjoy a fancier celebration as well. Plus, being at the festival means you’re in the heart of the French Quarter, so there’s plenty to see and do in the area as well.
If you’re a foodie and were looking for a reason to visit the city besides the amazing food always available around town, the French Market Creole Tomato Festival is an event not to be missed.