Creole Tomato Fest returns with Bloody Marys and creative tomato dishes on June 8 & 9

Everything from spicy Bloody Marys to fresh caprese salads will fill the French Market for the 33rd annual Creole Tomato Festival set for June 8 and June 9.

Photo courtesy: French Market Creole Tomato Fest

The family-friendly festival celebrating Louisiana’s Creole tomato hosts two days of live music, cooking demonstrations, food booths featuring treasured and unique Creole Tomato dishes, kid’s activities and the 4th annual Bloody Mary Market in Dutch Alley.

Photo courtesy: French Market Creole Tomato Festival

Two stages at the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint and Dutch Alley will feature music from local favorites. The music lineup includes Delfeayo Marsalis presents the Uptown Jazz Orchestra, Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes, Little Freddie King, Big Daddy ‘O’, Kumasi Afrobeat Orchestra, Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots, Gina Brown and Smoky Greenwell.

Nearly a dozen food vendors will serve up signature Creole tomato dishes.

Photo courtesy: French Quarter Creole Tomato Fest

Here’s a preview of some items from the 2019 menu:

  • PIZZA Domenica – Creole Tomato and Buratta Caprese
  • George’s Produce – The Pontchartrain: Sliced Creole tomato with lump crab meat dressed in remoulade
  • Crepes a la Cart – Caprese Crepe
  • Andrea’s Restaurant – Creole tomato Eggplant Parmigiana
  • Cafe Dauphine – Shrimp Creole with a Creole tomato sauce
  • Voleo’s Seafood Restaurant – Fried Green Tomatoes

See the full list of food vendors at the website.

Photo courtesy: French Market Creole Tomato Fest

The Bloody Mary Market also makes is return to festival with six bloody mary vendors serving up their best creations in Dutch Alley.

Festival favorite Stingray’s Restaurant, the 2018 winner of Best Overall Bloody Mary, is set to return with its Crabby Mary — a house made Bloody Mary topped with a whole soft shell crab.

Other vendors include Café Dauphine and their house made Smokin’ Cajun Mary with Tasso infused vodka and Miss Linda Green’s distinctive Yakamary, a bloody mary fashioned in the style of her famous Ya-Ka-Mein.

Photo courtesy: French Market Creole Tomato Fest

The French Market District spans from the Shops at the Upper Pontalba on Jackson Square to Crescent Park, including the Shops of the Colonnade on Decatur Street and the open-air Farmers and Flea Markets. The District is open daily and offers an eclectic variety of shops, eateries, and events year-round.

The French Market Creole Tomato Festival is free and open to the public.

For more information about the French Market Creole Tomato Fest, visit the French Market District website.

Created in partnership with The French Market Corporation