2019 Oak Street Po-Boy Festival set for Nov. 3

The 13th annual Oak Street Po-Boy Fest will celebrate New Orleans’ beloved sandwich on Nov. 3. Organizers revealed this year’s festival date via its Facebook page.

Oak Street Po-Boy Fest - Parkway Poorboys
Photo courtesy: Rob Krieger

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Festival-goers can expect to try po-boys from more than 30 food vendors at the festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. along Oak Street. The fest takes place starting at South Carrollton Avenue and runs from the 8100 to 8800 blocks toward the River Road, with some activities pouring onto side streets. Four stages of music will also feature performances from local bands.

Each year, the tasty tradition features a po-boy competition where local restaurants battle for top honors.

In 2018, there were more than 50 different traditional and creative variations of the classic sandwich. Some of the winners included Red Fish Grill’s barbecue oyster po-boy, Boucherie’s smoked chicken po-boy and Parkway’s James Brown Po-Boy, which took home “Best of the Fest.”

While admission to the fest is free, you must purchase a $5 wristband in order to purchase po-boys.

Proceeds from the festival benefits Oak Street Merchants, Residents and Property Owners, whose mission is to stimulate the Oaks Street corridor.  A portion of proceeds also benefits Son of a Saint, a non-profit which exists to enhance the lives of fatherless boys through mentorship.

For more information, visit the festival’s website.