Jazz Fest Food: What’s new to eat in 2019?

Jazz Fest attracts thousands of music lovers to the Fair Grounds for the two-weekend festival from April 25 to April 28 and May 2 to May 5, but let's not forget about the iconic festival food that draws foodies from all over.

Sure, we already know you're ready for some crawfish monica and cochon de lait po-boys. However, Festival-goers heading to the 50th anniversary celebration of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival can look also forward to a few new dishes this year.

Here's a list of eight new menu items to check out at Jazz Fest.

Congreso Cubano adds Yucca Fries with Chimichurri

Festival Location: Food Area I

Congreso Cubano appeared at the Cultural Exchange Pavillion in 2017 during Jazz Fest’s celebration of Cuban culture, and in 2018, the vendor landed an official spot in Food Area I. Congreso Cubano offers catering services and does pop-ups in the greater New Orleans area.

Congreso Cubano will add Yucca Fries with Chimichurri to its 2019 menu.


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Mrs. Wheat's Foods beefs up pie offerings

Festival Location: Food Area II

The fine folks at Mrs. Wheat’s Foods, best known as the top purveyors of meat pies in New Orleans, adds two new options for hungry customers at Jazz Fest.

Along with their popular meat pies and crawfish pies, the vendor will add Mini Shrimp & Andouille Pies and Mini Broccoli & Cheese Pies this year.

TJ Gourmet adds Oyster Rockefeller Bisque

Festival Location: Food Area II

Posted by TJ Gourmet LLC on Thursday, May 3, 2018

Festival-goers will now get dive into some Oyster Rockefeller Bisque, and that sounds quite tasty. Long-standing vendor TJ Gourmet adds the item to its offerings this year along with the staples Shrimp Remoulade Po-Boy and Cajun Chicken & Tasso w/ Creole Rice.

Photo courtesy: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Carmo makes an appearance at Cultural Exchange Pavillion

Festival Location: Cultural Exchange Pavillion

This year’s Cultural Exchange Pavillion will look back at all the countries celebrated over the years for Jazz Fest’s 50th anniversary. The vegan-friendly local restaurant Carmo will post up with three international dishes near the pavillion area.

Carmo will serve:
Colombo de Poulet (Martinican Chicken Curry),
Pão de Queijo (Brazilian Cheese Bread),
Bunny Chow (South African Veggie Curry)

Baquet’s Li’l Dizzy’s Café

Festival Location: Heritage Square

The Baquet’ family’s legendary Creole soul food restaurant adds Redfish Baquet to its other festival staples this year.


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See the full list of Jazz Fest food vendors at the festival's website, www.nojazzfest.com/food