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Events

Street Festival
  • Date/Time:
    Saturday, March 28 - 11 AM to 7 PM
    Sunday, March 29 - 11 AM to 6 PM
  • Location:
    French Market
  • Price:
    Free!

Street Festival

Sample over 50 America's hometown eats from around the country

Four blocks in the French Market will be lined with dozens of America's best hometown eats from New Orleans and all of Louisiana as well as from all across America, each offering a unique specialty. This is NOT typical and expected festival fare: it is a taste of America's most celebrated dishes, all gathered in one place: a foodie's dream. Portions are right-sized and priced to provide everyone a chance to taste the maximum number of great regional eats as they stroll through the French Market inhaling delicious smells that range from real Texas pit barbecue to Pecan Pie to artisan boudin sausage made by Cajun country's most beloved butchers. There is no admission fee; just bring plenty of appetite!

America's Hometown Sweets
  • Date/Time:
    Friday, March 27 - 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Location:
    Cafe Reconcile, 1631 Oretha C Haley Boulevard
  • Price:
    $40

America's Hometown Sweets

Sample the nation's best chocolates, cookies, candies, cakes, pies, and other delicous sweets.

In the adventuresome spirit of the weekend's FoodFest, it will bring the best sweets from all over the country to New Orleans (and, of course, include local greats, too!), giving guests an unprecedented opportunity to sample, compare, and contrast regional taste in all those things that ring the chimes of a sweet tooth. Included among the goodies will be key lime pie from Key West, Moonshine cake from Virginia, "apple pie in a paper bag" from Wisconsin, the city's best pralines, smores, and plenty of beverages like egg creams, and coffee cabinets.

Purchase tickets here
Beignet Eating Contest
  • Date/Time:
    Sunday, March 29 - 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
  • Location:
    French Market
  • Price:
    Free!

Beignet Eating Contest

Who will be crowned the World's Beignet Eating Champion?

The ultimate French Quarter eating competition! The New Orleans Fire Department will field a team of its top eaters to determine which of them can eat the most beignets in the least amount of time. Whereas normal eaters consume the city's beloved silky fritters in lots of two or three along with cafe au lait, in this fast-paced contest, the men in uniform devour them by the dozen, and the powdered sugar flies! The winning team takes home the World Champion Beignet Eating Belt. And this year, for the first time, the contest will feature an open competition for all who have the appetite and courage to compete in the Beignet Big League. For those interested, please show up 15 minutes before the start of the event for registration.

Great Eats

Confirmed Local Eats at the 2015 Street Festival

Zuppardi's Apizza (New Haven, CT) New Haven style pizza
Woody's Fish Tacos (New Orleans, LA) Fish tacos, gator sausage taco
Central BBQ (Memphis, TN) Ribs, BBQ nachos
LDR Char Pit (Rochester, NY) Rochester steak sandwiches, Red and White Hots
Abbott's Frozen Custard (Rochester, NY) Vanilla Frozen Custard; Chocolate Almond Frozen Custard
Gus's Fried Chicken (Memphis, TN) Fried Chicken
Meltdown Pops (New Orleans, LA) Homemade Frozen Pops: salted caramel & Louisiana strawberry lemon
Cafe Reconcile (New Orleans, LA) Roast Beef Debris Po-Boy, Bananas Foster Bread Pudding
Bayou Barn (Crown Point, LA) Cajun crawfish boil - sweet corn and spicy boiled potatoes
Dat's Good Food (New Orleans, LA) Philadelphia cheesesteak wit wiz, Poutine, crab cakes
Hot Tamale Mama (New Orleans, LA) Hot Tamales with side of grits or salsa
Lasyone's Meat Pie Restaurant (Natchitoches, LA) Meat Pie, Crawfish Pie, Plantation Fried Bananas w/ Powdered Sugar & Ice Cream
Oceana Restaurant (New Orleans, LA) Soft Shell Crab Po-Boy, Grilled Oyster Rockefeller Nachos
Peck's Seafood (New Orleans, LA) Fried catfish, chicken and sausage jambalaya
Plum St. Snoballs (New Orleans, LA) Snoballs (11 flavors, sugar free & condensed milk)
Royal House (New Orleans, LA) Char-grilled Oysters, fish beignets
The Fry Bar (New Orleans, LA) pimento cheese, thyme, & garlic fries ; rosemary, parmesan, & garlic fries
Valeos Seafood (Lafitte, LA) Smothered rabbit po boy, muffalettas, crabmeat boudin balls

Some of the Legendary Eats Served in Previous Years

Philadelphia cheesesteak 'wit whiz'

Philadelphia cheesesteak "wit whiz"

Dat's Good Food
New Orleans, Louisiana
Pimento cheese french fries

Pimento cheese french fries

The Fry Bar
New Orleans, Louisiana
Boneless pork spare rib sandwich

Boneless pork spare rib sandwich

Hominy Grill
Charleston, South Carolina
Red hots

Red hots

LDR Char Pit
Rochester, New York
Frozen Pops - Louisana strawberry lemon

Frozen Pops - Louisana strawberry lemon

Meltdown Pops
New Orleans, Louisiana
Oyster Rockefeller nachos

Oyster Rockefeller nachos

Oceana Restaurant
Rochester, New York
Breaded pork tenderloin sandwich

Breaded pork tenderloin sandwich

Farmer's Kitchen
Atlantic, IA
Grilled cheese with boudin ball

Grilled cheese with boudin ball

Johnson's Boucaniere Smoked Meats
Lafayette, LA
Debris sandwich

Debris sandwich

The Que Crawl Truck
New Orleans, Louisiana
Pecan turtles

Pecan turtles

Turtle Alley
Gloucester, Massachusetts
Dry rub ribs

Dry rub ribs

Central BBQ
Memphis, TN
Snoballs

Snoballs

Plum Street Snoballs
New Orleans, Louisana
Pecan Pie

Pecan Pie

Royer's Round Top Cafe
Round Top, Texas
Sausage and Brisket from Louie Mueller's, Taylor, Texas

Smoked Brisket

Louie Mueller's
Taylor, Texas
Baked Alaska with Chocolate Sauce

Baked Alaska with Chocolate Sauce

Antoine's Annex
New Orleans, Louisana
Pulled pork sandwich

Pulled pork sandwich

Central BBQ
Memphis, TN
Pork and Cheese Tamale

Pork and Cheese Tamale

Tuscon Tamale
Tuscon, AZ
Pork boudin

Pork Boudin

Johnson's Boucaniere Smoked Meats
Lafayette, LA
Chicken and sausage gumbo

Chicken and sausage gumbo

Prejean's Restaurant
Lafayette, LA
Crawfish pie - Meat pie

Crawfish pie - Meat pie

Lasyone's Meat Pie Restaurant
Natchitoches, Louisiana
Crawfish enchiladas

Crawfish enchiladas

Blue Dog Cafe
Lafayette, Louisiana
Jambalaya

Jambalaya

Tabasco Country Store
Avery Island, Louisiana
Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake

Cafe Reconcile
New Orleans, Louisiana
Duck Cracklin

Duck cracklin

The Que Crawl Truck
New Orleans, Louisiana
Grilled Oysters

Grilled Oysters

Royal House
New Orleans, Louisiana
Hand cut French Fries

Hand cut French Fries

The Que Crawl Truck
New Orleans, Louisiana
Fried Catfish

Fried Catfish

Dunbar's Seafood
New Orleans, Louisiana
Debris Po Boy

Debris Po Boy

Cafe Reconcile
New Orleans, Louisiana
Mint Julip

Mint Julip

Tennessee Williams Festival Booth

Good Deeds

Social Awareness

The Cafe Reconcile Organization is the non-profit partner of the New Orleans Roadfood Festival

Housed in the Central City neighborhood of New Orleans, the work of Reconcile New Orleans is to provide at-risk youth an opportunity to learn life and interpersonal skills and operational training for successful entry into the hospitality and restaurant industries; to provide an economic development cornerstone for the Central City neighborhood, and to provide services to address unmet neighborhood needs (such as quality family-based literacy instruction for adults and children) until such time as other local organizations can establish their own programs in the community. Reconcile New Orleans Youth Workforce training program has successfully enrolled over 500 youth between the ages of 16 and 22 to learn basic life skills, interpersonal skills and work skills to enable and empower them to successfully enter the second-largest non-governmental workforce in New Orleans' entertainment and hospitality industry.

To learn more about Cafe Reconcile, please visit http://www.cafereconcile.com

Sponsors

Hotel

Recommended Accommodations

Hotel Monteleone

Located in the heart of the French Quarter, The Hotel Monteleone places you in the middle of all the action for the festival weekend. Aside from the incredible location, the AAA Four Diamond rated property also features a rooftop pool and fitness center for those looking to relax or work up an appetite.

We have secured a very special rate of $219/night which includes free internet for Friday, Saturday and Sunday night.

Only a limited number of rooms are available, so be sure to book ASAP. Call 1-800-217-2033 and ask for the "FoodFest" block.

You can also book rooms at this link. If you have any difficulties booking online, calling the above number may secure you a room that is no longer available on the web site.


Bienville House

Located in the heart of the French Quarter, The Bienville House places you in the middle of all the action for the festival weekend.

We have secured a very special rate of $189/night which includes free internet and continental breakfast for Friday, Saturday and Sunday night.

Only a limited number of rooms are available, so be sure to book ASAP. Call 800-535-7836 and ask for the "FoodFest" block.

You can also book rooms at this link. If you have any difficulties booking online, calling the above number may secure you a room that is no longer available on the web site.

About

What is FoodFest?

Foodfest is a weekend-long celebration of America's hometown eats - the unforgettable, informal fare found in village cafes and city neighborhoods, shoreline seafood shacks, barbecue parlors, chicken dinner halls, pie palaces, and food trucks.

Foodfest is an amazing food-focused weekend (in America's most food-focused city) to which cooks from all over the country come to make and serve their regional specialties to foodies strolling through the French Market. There is no typical Midway fair food here! From Yankee chowder to Tucson tamales and from Memphis barbecue to genuine mint juleps, everything is a great American classic, cooked and served by the culinary folk artists who know how to make it right.

Foodfest began five years ago as the New Orleans Roadfood Festival, spun out of the website Roadfood.com, which was founded in 2000 by Stephen Rushmore and Jane and Michael Stern. Roadfood.com, which has inspired countless other media to follow its path to the nation's edible treasures, remains the premier internet source for discovering authentic regional American food.





Contact Us

General Inquiries

Dottie Belletto
President, NOCCI
DBelletto@nocci.com
504-888-7608

Sponsorship Opportunities

Stephen Rushmore
President, Roadfood.com
Stephen@roadfood.com
617-868-6840

Vendor Opportunities

Stephen Rushmore
President, Roadfood.com
Stephen@roadfood.com
617-868-6840

Media
Stephen Rushmore
President, Roadfood.com
Stephen@roadfood.com
617-868-6840

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