Beignet Fest pivots to beignet pop-up experience in lieu of 2020 festival

Beignet Fest, the annual festival featuring creative and traditional beignet creations, pivots to support food vendors while creating a socially-distant experience people can enjoy this summer.

Organizers announce Beignet Fest at Their Place, a pop-up event at food vendor locations around New Orleans, Baton Rouge and on the North Shore from July 24 to July 26.

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Cinnamon Beignet Bites from The Vintage, one festival vendor; Source: Beignet Fest

In lieu of the annual fall festival traditionally held at City Park in October, organizers have worked closely with food vendors to offer a “bonanza of beignet dishes” all weekend long, spread out throughout the city.

Beignet Fest co-founder Sherwood Collins said organizers adapted the event to accommodate social distancing and government restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our objective is to promote our food vendors in order to boost their business, keep people safe while giving them the opportunity to enjoy amazing beignets and to continue to raise money for our mission — everyone wins!” Collins said.

Loretta’s Pralines will participate as a vendor during Beignet Fest at Their Place. Source: Beignet Fest

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So far, a dozen food vendors are scheduled to participate in the pop-up festival.

Participating food vendors include Loretta’s Authentic Pralines, Café Beignet, Coffee Rani, Da’crabbie Lady Shack, Howlin’ Wolf Den, Luca Eats, Off Da Hook Catering, Patton’s Caterers, Ruby Slipper Café, Sno-La Snowballs, Sweet Legacy and The Vintage locations in New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

Beignets stuffed with crab, crawfish, praline and cheesecake are among the menu items patrons can bite into at vendor pop-ups.

A full menu of beignet dishes offered by food vendors along with locations can be found at the Beignet Fest website.

“As we’ve been planning the event for a while now, we knew that challenges still may arise. Even though capacities are limited in New Orleans restaurants for safety concerns, we feel it’s even more imperative to patronize these establishments,” Collins added. “We want to help out our wonderful vendors and hope you will, too. Through mobile ordering, practicing social distancing at the establishment and wearing a mask to pick up your order, everyone can continue to enjoy our favorite fried dough safely and respectfully.”

Organizers say the event will also include a fundraising aspect for patrons to donate at vendor locations and the Beignet Fest website. Proceeds from donations will support local autism programs via grants made from the Tres Doux Foundation, the charitable arm of Beignet Fest.

In keeping with the competitive nature of the festival, patrons will have a chance to vote for their favorite sweet and savory beignet dishes via the Beignet Fest website. Winners will be announced following the event.

For more information and updates, visit the Beignet Fest website.