Local businesses host ‘Faux Fest’ drive-thru festival to feed members of music, restaurant industry

The popular New Orleans barbecue restaurant, Blue Oak BBQ is teaming up with Hogs for the Cause, 10 restaurants and musicians to open a drive-through festival experience to feed thousands.

The drive-thru event, called Faux Fest, will benefit furloughed and laid off employees in New Orleans’ restaurant and music industry.

Blue Oak will be joining with 8 @hogsforthecause teams and 9 local restaurants to donate free versions of some Jazz Fest favorites.

The announcement of the festival comes after the cancellation of Jazz Fest, which is one of the busiest times of the year for members of these communities.

“For musicians and restaurateurs, the cancellation of our festivals is a near fatal blow,” Ronnie Evans, Partner of Blue Oak BBQ said. “We knew we needed to use our resources to feed these vulnerable groups right now and to offer a morale boost in whatever small ways we can.”

Evans and his business partner, Philip Mosely, are working to convert their empty warehouse into a drive-thru and cook staple Jazz Festival for those in need.

Some of the featured dishes include Cochon de Lait Poboys to Crawfish Enchiladas, Pork Chop Sammich with Red Beans and Jambalaya with Green Beans.

Photo courtesy: Blue Oak BBQ

Restaurant participants include Frankie & Johnny’s, Justine, MoPho, Frey Smoked Meat Co., Brown Butter, Junior’s on Harrison, Johnny Sánchez, Parkway Bakery and Central City BBQ.

“Our city has lost so much in an incredibly short period of time,” Philip Moseley, Partner of Blue Oak BBQ, said. “It was imperative to us that we keep these meals going. We’ve already served upwards of 3,000 meals over the past couple of weeks. At the end of Faux Fest, we expect to nearly double that number.”

The meals will be paired with local beer around the area such as Abita, Yuengling, Parrish, Dixie and Port Orleans. A strawberry lemonade from Lula Distilling and tiny bottles of TABASCO will also be handed out.

Mojo Triage, David Torkanowsky with Alexey Marti, Stanton Moore Trio, and New Breed Brass Band will play for the attendees as they drive through and pick up a meal.

Since the pandemic started, Blue Oak has been handing out “bagged lunch and beer” at the warehouse with special safety offerings such as gloves and masks. And they plan on continuing to distribute these.

The restaurant emphasizes that this event will still uphold to CDC guidelines.

For more information on Faux Fest, check out Blue Oak BBQ on Instagram at @blueoakbbq where regular updates and schedules will be posted.

DATE: April 23 to April 27, April 30 to May 1

TIME: 12 p.m. TO 1:30 p.m.

LOCATION: 3300 Gravier St., New Orleans

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