French Market Creole Tomato Fest ripe and ready for June 9 and 10

The 32nd annual French Market Creole Tomato Festival kicks off on June 9 and June 10. The free festival celebrating Louisiana’s Creole tomato features two days of live music, delicious dishes and the third annual Bloody Mary Market.

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Fourteen food vendors will offer a delicious assortment of Creole tomato dishes at the festival. This year’s food vendors include PIZZA Domenica, Loretta’s Authentic Praline’s, Crepes a la Cart, Andrea’s Restaurant, Cafe Dauphine, Gulf Tacos, Voleo’s Seafood Restaurant and others. See all the participating food vendors at the festival here.

Several local artists are set to perform across two stages at the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint and Dutch Alley. The music lineup includes Delfeayo Marsalis presents the Uptown Jazz Orchestra, Darcy Malone & the Tangle, Little Freddie King, Big Daddy ‘O’, Storyville Stompers Brass Band, Fredy Omar con su Banda, Gina Brown, and Smoky Greenwell. See the full music lineup and the complete schedule here.

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The Bloody Mary Market makes is return to the festival for its third year. Nine bloody mary vendors will serve up their creative concoctions in Dutch Alley. This year’s participants include Revel Café and Bar, Red Dog Diner, Bar Tonique, Del Fuego with El Guapo Bitters, Superior Grill New Orleans and BB Kings Blues Club and Restaurant. All booths will offer a 2 oz. taster sampler size option for a lesser price as well as a 12 oz. full drink option!

The restaurants will also participate in an epic Boody Mary showdown for the “Best of the Fest” awards including honors for “Best Bloody Mary,” “Most Creative Bloody Mary,” “Best Bloody Mary Garnish” and “Best Non-Alcoholic Bloody Mary.”

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Other fun features of the festival include the Ripe and Ready 2-mile Run/Walk at Crescent Park, cooking demonstrations and several kid’s activities in the festival’s kid’s zone.

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.

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

Created in partnership with The French Market Corporation