Another New Festival: NOLA Cochon de Lait Fest debuts in October

Another fall food festival hits the scene this year: NOLA Cochon de Lait Festival. Organizers lay out what festival-goers can expect at the new pork fest when it hits Palmer Park in October.

According to a press release, local non-profit Citizens Organization for Police Support 2 (COPS 2) announced it will hold the festival on Oct. 21 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Festival co-founder David Mintz says the free festival will celebrate the unique pork dishes coming out of the New Orleans area.

“We are thrilled with our new festival concept, NOLA Cochon de Lait Festival, that celebrates the South’s obsession with smoked pork and all its fixings,” Mintz said.

NOLA Cochon de Lait Festival will feature local restaurants serving up savory pork delicacies, as well as other food vendors serving New Orleans classics. Vendors include Crepes a la Carte, Jacques-Imo’s, LaDelyo’s Creole Catering, the Yakamein Lady, Plum St. Snowballs and Petite Rouge. Organizers say there will also be a competitive element where vendors will battle for titles like “Best Cracklin.”

The festival will also feature performances from Daria and the Hip Drops, Soul Rebels and Rockin Dopsie & the Zydeco Twisters. Headliner Big Sam’s Funky Nation closes out the fest.

All beverage sales from the festival will benefit the local nonprofit, the press release says. The non-profit says it offers full support to the New Orleans Police Department’s Second District by means of training, office supplies, uniforms, building repairs, Mardi Gras meals and more. Additionally, COPS 2 provides completely anonymous counseling services for all NOPD officers and their immediate family, according to the the release.

For more information about the NOLA Cochon de Lait Festival, visit the website.

Photo courtesy: Rob Krieger/FOX 8

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