Beignet Fest, the annual festival featuring creative and traditional beignet creations, will now charge a $5 general admission fee when the event returns to the Festival Grounds at City Park on Oct. 5.
Festival organizers also announced the music lineup for the fourth annual event, according to a release.
Organizers say they introduced the new admission fee “to continue to grow and fulfill its mission.” Proceeds benefit the Tres Doux Foundation, a nonprofit with a mission to serve children with autism and related developmental differences.
“Beignet Fest has become one of the fastest-growing, family-friendly food festivals in the South,” said Festival Founder and Event Producer Sherwood Collins. “It’s extra sweet because the festival helps raise awareness and critical funds to support community programs that serve children with autism and similar special needs.”
This summer, the Tres Doux Foundation funded three different summer camps with proceeds from the 2018 Beignet Fest to allow each camp program to increase access and accommodations for children with special needs.
The $5 admission fee applies to individuals 12 years and older, and the proceeds from the donations will benefit nonprofits like these.
Another change for this year: Attendees will no longer be required to buy food and beverage tickets on site to exchange for beignets and other items. All food booths and beverage stations will operate based on cash transactions much like other popular festivals.
Big Sam’s Funky Nation and Ed Williams of The Revivalists are two of the regional favorites in the music lineup.
Beignet Fest’s musical line-up includes regional and national favorites, specifically:
Bounce & Beignets Fitness with April Dupre + Live DJ (10:15AM)
The Imagination Movers (11:15 AM)
RumpleSTEELskin featuring Ed Williams of The Revivalists (12:45PM)
Honey Island Swamp Band (2:05PM)
Hot 8 Brass Band (3:35PM)
Big Sam’s Funky Nation (4:55PM)
“Last year’s Beignet Fest drew an estimated crowd of 30,000 people,” continued Collins. “We anticipate much the same this year, especially with performers like Big Sam and Ed Williams, among others. We are grateful to showcase such talented musicians who understand the importance of our mission.”
Beignet Fest will also offer its VIP Experience again this year for those who want to enjoy the event with extra perks, including complimentary Café du Monde beignets, Bulleit bourbon craft cocktails and Abita beer under a large, shaded tent next to the stage. VIP Experience tickets are $40 for adults and $15 for children.
For more information about Beignet Fest, visit www.beignetfest.com or connect with Beignet Fest on Facebook and Instagram (@BeignetFest) (#BeignetFest).