Here's what's cooking at the fest.
You’re in for a smoking combo of brass bands and gumbo this weekend. Celebrate one of New Orleans' favorite foods at the Treme Creole Gumbo Festival this Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Armstrong Park. Admission is free. Read ahead to learn what to expect at the festival.
Festival organizers add a brand new touch this year — a “Gumbosium.” The symposium features cooking demonstrations by some of the city’s top chefs as well as a panel discussing various topics surrounding this iconic dish. The symposium is from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. each day of the festival and features Frank Brigtsen, Susan Spicer, Isaac Toups, Michael Gulotta and Yakamein Lady, Ms. Linda Green. Photo courtesy: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation
More than a dozen food vendors serve up their best interpretations of the classic dish. Get your fill of gumbo with several varieties including vegan, Creole and seafood. If you’re looking for a taste of more than just gumbo, food vendors are serving up other New Orleans classics like po-boys and shrimp and grits. Photo courtesy: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation
Good music from some of the area’s best brass bands will keep you rocking all weekend. The Grammy Award-winning Rebirth Brass Band headlines the festival. Get ready to groove to other local favorites this weekend too. On Saturday, the schedule includes the Treme Brass Band, To Be Continued Brass Band and others. Among Sunday’s performers are the Pinettes Brass Band, Hot 8 Brass Band and Rebirth closes out the fest. Photo courtesy: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation
What About Art?
The fest also features an arts market, showcasing fine art and home furnishing from more than two dozen local artists. Festival organizers merged the arts market with the kids area. Festival-goers can participate in interactive and creative workshops. Photo courtesy: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation