Jazz Fest Food: What’s new to eat in 2018

Jazz Fest attracts thousands of music lovers to the Fair Grounds for the two-weekend festival -- April 27 to April 29 and May 3 to May 6, and let's not forget the incredible food options that draw foodies from all over.

Festival-goers heading to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival should take note of a few new dishes at the fest this year. Here's a list of the newest items food lovers can sink their teeth into at Jazz Fest.

Photo courtesy: Vaucresson Sausage Co.

Vaucresson's Sausage Co. adds alligator sausage po-boy, trio sausage platter

Festival Location: Food Area I

Festival-goers will now get to bite into an alligator sausage po-boy. Long-standing vendor Vaucresson’s Sausage Co. adds the item to their offerings this year along with their hot sausage po-boy and crawfish sausage po-boy. The vendor will also feature a trio sausage platter for folks to sample all three varieties. The platter includes a green onion dipping sauce. It’s great for sharing, or not.

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Photo courtesy: New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

Congreso Cubano becomes an official new food vendor this year

Festival Location: Food Area I

Congreso Cubano made an appearance at the Cultural Exchange Pavillion in 2017 during Jazz Fest’s celebration of Cuban culture. However, this year the vendor lands an official spot in Food Area I. Congreso Cubano currently offers catering services and does pop-ups in the greater New Orleans area.

Congreso Cubano will serve:
Adobo de Pescado Frito con Salmarejo (Crispy Marinated Redfish),
Ropa Vieja (Braised Steak),
Frijoles Negros (vegetarian),
Paleta de Café con Leche (Coffee Ice Pop)

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Loretta's Authentic Pralines adds new sweet treats: Calas and chocolate stuffed beignets

Festival Location: Cultural Exchange Pavilion

Festival-goers love Loretta’s Pralines. This year’s Cultural Exchange Pavilion celebrates the New Orleans tricentennial and features food from Loretta’s Authentic Pralines. The candy maker adds some new sweet treats this year including Calas –referred to as Creole rice fritters or rice doughnuts. Loretta’s will serve those in traditional, sweet potato and shrimp varieties. The vendor will also add a new chocolate stuffed beignet to the lineup this year.

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