Oak Street Po-Boy Festival Set for Oct. 22

Get ready for a taste of iconic sandwich.

Get ready to bite into mouth-watering po-boys at the Oak Street Po-Boy Fest on Oct. 22. Organizers recently announced this year’s festival date on its Facebook page.

Festival-goers can expect to try dozens of po-boys at the free festival from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. along Oak Street. The fest takes place starting at South Carrollton Avenue and runs from the 8100 to 8800 blocks toward the River Road, with some activities pouring onto side streets.

Each year, the tasty tradition features a po-boy competition where local restaurants battle for your tastebuds. In 2016, there were more than 50 different traditional and creative variations of the classic sandwich. Some of the winners included Blue Oak BBQ’s Pastrami Brisket, Red Fish Grill’s Barbecue Oyster po-boy and the Nuernberger from Bratz Y’all.

The festival, which traditionally was set in November, moved to October in 2016, to take advantage of the milder weather and longer daylight hours. Organizers also put a new spin on last year’s fest with the introduction of “Po-Boys & Pints.” The new twist showcased regional craft breweries on “Pint Alley” alongside those special po-boys. Festival organizers also worked to keep die-hard Saints fans in with football viewing zones — which was another new feature.

More details will be announced closer to the opening of the festival. Visit the website for more information at oakstreetpoboyfest.com.


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