Popular Jazz Fest food vendors plan pop-ups: Here’s where to find your festival favorites

Last year, the cancellation of Jazz Fest forced its popular food vendors to find creative ways to connect with foodies outside of the Fair Grounds.

With the repeat of WWOZ’s “Jazz Festing in Place,” many Jazz Fest vendors also return for a second helping of pop-ups. Once again, fans can get those iconic dishes straight from vendors at their restaurants and special pop-up events.

Crawfish Monica, crawfish strudel, Natchitoches meat pies, cochon de lait po-boys and even the beloved seafood trio are among those festival favorites on pop-up menus this year.

One of those pop-up events, JAMFest, hopes to offer a taste of the fest at JAMNOLA, an immersive art attraction in the Marigny at 2832 Royal Street.

At the mini-festival, JAMNOLA hosts a take-out style food court of festival food items, such as Vaucresson’s Creole hot sausage po-boy, AJ’s Sno-balls and Rosemint tea, at NOCCA Institute’s Press Street Station, adjacent to the venue at 5 Homer Plessey Way. Festival food will be available for purchase from noon to 6 p.m. on Friday, April 23, Saturday, April 24, Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1.

JAMFest will also feature arts and crafts vendors, with WWOZ’s “Festing in Place” broadcasting at the event. The event is free and open to the public, with ticket RSVP via Eventbrite.

Another collaboration, a pop-up at Caluda’s Cottage Catering, brings fans famous Jazz Fest staples like Crawfish Monica and crawfish strudel.

Similar to last year, Crawfish Monica maker Kajun Kettle Foods, teams up with Caluda’s Cottage Catering, makers of crawfish strudel and white chocolate bread pudding, for the pop-up. This year, WWOZ comes on board with its Mango Freeze.

At Caluda’s pop-up, vendors will serve cold individual or half-pan portions to-go for reheating at home. Customers can pre-order dishes at Nolafestfavorites.com for pickup at Caluda’s Cottage Catering.

Caluda’s pop-up, at 1536 River Oaks Road in Harahan, takes place from noon to 5 p.m. on April 23 – 25 and April 30 – May 2.

Photo courtesy: Mrs. Wheat’s Foods via Facebook

Mrs. Wheat’s Food, known for its spicy Natchitoches meat pies, returns for another drive-thru pick-up during Festing in Place. The vendor is currently accepting online orders for various quantities of frozen pies for people to deep fry or bake at home.

In addition to the original meat pies, the vendor will have Creole crawfish pies, shrimp and andouille pies and crab and artichoke pies available for purchase.

Pick-up times are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday through Sunday, April 23-25 and April 30-May 2, at the vendor’s Gentilly distribution warehouse at 2519 Agriculture Street. Order ahead at meatpies.com.

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Pop-Up @ Tchoup, an outdoor hub for local food vendors at the Rouses Market at 4500 Tchoupitoulas Street, features food vendors like Linda Green, The Ya-Ka-Mein Lady, along with social media sensations like Divine Cuisine. Vaucresson is another Jazz Fest vendor participating at the event.

Pop-Up @ Tchoup runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday this spring.

The Cochon de Lait po-boy is known for its smoky flavor and long lines at Jazz Fest. Vendor Love at First Bite/Walker’s BBQ will offer curbside pick-up for the popular po-boy from Thursday, April 22 to Sunday, April 25.

Fans can pre-order online via cochondelaitpoboys.com by 10 p.m. on Thursday, April 22, and select a date and pick-up time for their order. No contact, drive-thru order pickup will happen on Lafourche Street. Follow signage for the drive-thru from Walker BBQ’s location at 10828 Hayne Blvd.


Patton’s Caterers, the Slidell catering company behind the beloved seafood trio, will offer its Jazz Fest staples to-go during the second weekend of Festing in Place on April 30 and May 1.

Fans can scoop up crawfish sacks, oyster patties and crawfish beignets drive-through-style each day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Patton’s Historic Salmen Fritchie House, 127 Cleveland Avenue in Slidell.

Patton’s will also have tables set up outside on the lawn with WWOZ streaming for folks who want to dine on-the-spot. There will also be a bar on-site for purchasing drinks, the vendor said.

Individual items and combo plates are available. For large orders, contact Patton’s at erin@pattons.com or 985-645-3600. Patton’s Caterers will post updates to their Facebook page.

Local radio station WWOZ also lists several other locations for Jazz Fest food items via their website.

See also: ‘Jazz Festing in Place’ returns for second act: Here’s what’s new this year

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