It's time for the Louisiana Seafood Festival!
This festival started in 2007 at the New Orleans Mint; it quickly outgrew that venue and moved to Lafayette Square. Last year it filled up most of Waldenberg Park, and this year it's moving to the new festival grounds at City Park.
There is no entry fee and it's open to all ages. The music lineup is incredible, with the first band taking the stage at 11:00 on Friday morning, with the final one wrapping up around 7:00 Sunday night.
There will be around 40 food vendors, ranging from super-casual to some of Louisiana's finest dining experiences, most featuring options loaded with fresh, local, Louisiana seafood.
My favorite part, though, is the WWL Cooking Demonstration Stage featuring chefs from all over the state creating delicious seafood dishes. Here's the stage line-up:
Friday, October 11
|2:00 PM||Greg Sonnier||Kingfish|
|3:00 PM||Austin Kirzner||Red Fish Grill|
|5:00||Chris Montero||café b|
|6:00||John Besh||Besh Restaurant Group|
Saturday, October 12
|12:00 PM||Jason Sanders||Mahoney Po-Boys|
|1:00 PM||Ralph Pausina||Drago's Seafood Restaurant|
|2:00 PM||Michael Sichel||Galatoire's Restaurant|
|3:00 PM||Glen Hogh||Vega Tapas|
|4:00 PM||Steve Young||Royal House|
|5:00 PM||Anthony Scanio||Emeril's Delmonico|
Sunday, October 13
|12:00 PM||Kid Chef Eliana||Chef and author|
|1:00 PM||Tenney Flynn||GW Fins|
|2:00||Vincent Signorelli||Boomtown Café|
We'll be there at a table top at the cooking demonstration. If you make it out, stop by and say hello.