Jazz Fest Food on a Budget: Here’s your menu for $20

NEW ORLEANS (NOLA WEEKEND) - After two years, Jazz Fest is finally back, and the Fair Grounds are a playground for foodies. But with so many great food options, we know that prices could add up.

Here’s your Jazz Fest food menu on a budget to keep your costs under $20.

“You can get two beignets and a praline for $20. For a lot of the prices out here, that’s really reasonable,” Lorretta’s Pralines vendor Rodderick Harrison said.

A quick trip to Lorretta’s Pralines only sets you back four bucks. Now, Lorretta Harrison’s son carries the torch after the “Queen of Pralines” passed away earlier this year.

“It’s really going to be hard to fill her footsteps,” Harrison said.

He says he hopes to keep his mother’s legacy alive.

“This is one of the things she wanted for sure -- for her business to keep flourishing at the festivals and just generally in the city of New Orleans for the community,” Harrison said.

We found a few items around the grounds for $6, including another Jazz Fest staple: that spicy meat pie.

“This has been our legacy for the last 50 years, so excited, ready to be back,” Mrs. Wheat’s Foods vendor Priscilla West said.

This year, many vendors have raised prices since the last fest in 2019, but the folks at Mrs. Wheat’s foods say they wanted to bring back the goods without breaking the bank.

“We haven’t changed prices since the last time we were out here, which is amazing,” West said. “So hopefully we can continue to do that because we surely understand with our own families.”

And it’s just one of those legendary flavors filling the Fair Grounds. More than 50 food vendors return for 2022, and it’s tasting better than ever.

Many Jazz Fest vets know that flocking to see their favorite bands means battling the heat. For a cool treat, the sweet and icy-cold Mango Freeze costs you $6.

And you can sip on some fresh-squeezed lemonade for $4 while dancing to the beat.

We found some other affordable food options around the Fair Grounds. Head to see Miss Linda for one of the cheapest items -- a huckabuck frozen cup for just $1.

Shan Bailey

Shan Bailey

Shan Bailey is the digital content producer and on-air personality for FOX 8 Nola Weekend. Shan is a creative storyteller who is passionate about creating compelling content that connects with audiences.