Sunday, March 08, 2009

Let the Festivals Begin!

Ah, March. The start of spring and Festivals.

We have several coming up in the next month or so.
Taken partially from Clarence's festival webpage here are a few festivals we won't miss:

2009 Smokin' Blues and BBQ Challenge in Downtown Hammond , Louisiana. , which features BBQ Cooking (of course), Barbecue cooking classes, Sweet Tea Challenge and of course, music. You can sample the foods cooked at this festival on Friday, March 27th beginning at 4:30 PM and on Saturday March 28th after 10 AM. We went last year and got there too early to do a lot of sampling, but we DID get to try one plate for a donation and it was fantastic.

Here's a link to more festivals held in March for our local area

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On the weekend of April 4th is the Picayune Street Fair. A low key event, it's
fun to walk the Antique District of Picayune and eat some good barbecue at Stonewall's by the train tracks.

The Pontchatoula Strawberry Festival is April 3rd-5th this year. It's become a big festival in the past decade or so, but the crowd's laid back and the berries are plentiful.

On April 11th head on over to Bay St. Louis, Mississippi for the Souper Mud Fest, where pottery bowls will be sold for $20 and filled with soup. Proceeds benefit Hancock County Food Pantry, local potters, and Old Town Mechants Association

The weekend of April 18th brings the Slidell Antique District Street Fair .

We usually hit this one in the morning and then head over to the sixth annual Crawfish Cookoff benefitting the Hospice foundation of the South.

If you have $20 and you like crawfish, get your tickets at Whitney Bank and head on out to Fritchie Park. The weather is ALWAYS great for this event and you can't beat the price.

One of our favorites, the French Quarter Festival will take place on April 17-19th.

Music currently booked is

The Radiators
Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue
Irvin Mayfield and the NOJO Allstars
Rockin’ Dopsie and the Zydeco Twisters
Amanda Shaw and the Cute Guys
the Zydepunks
Soul Rebels
the Original Hurricane Brass Band
Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Review
Theresa Andersson
Big Chief Bo Dollis Jr. & The Wild Magnolias
John Boutté & Paul Sanchez “Stew Called New Orleans”
Wanda Rouzan and a Taste of New Orleans
Susan Cowsill
Posse featuring Dave Malone, Reggie Scanlan, and Kevin O’Day
The Honey Island Swamp Band
Walter “Wolfman” Washington
Big Sam’s Funky Nation
Hot Club of New Orleans
Bamboula 2000
Soul Project

It's so good that you can eat all you want because you walk it off by walking from the foot of Canal Street to the US Mint and back!

One of NOLA's biggies, the 40th Annual Jazz Fest starts April 24th to May 3rd. Unbelievable lineup of musicians. And the variety of food and crafts will make you want to camp out at the Fairgrounds just to take it all in. If you don't mind the heat and the crowds it's worth the cost.

Here's a long list of the festivals held in April around here

May has a lot of festivals, too at this website .

June fests here

Although it's hot as hell and I'll get sunburned, I refuse to not go to the
New Orleans Vieux to Do on the weekend of June 12.

Formerly the Creole Tomato Festival, French Market Seafood Festival and the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival, the festival site includes the National Historic landmarks of the French Market and LA State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint. There will be free Music on 5 stages and Chef Demonstrations throughout the weekend. Over 50 Food, Beverage and Merchandise booths Fishermen, Arts & Crafts and Farmers Villages celebrating Louisiana’s extraordinary culture, music and cuisine.

Fathers' Day weekend has the Louisiana Bicycle Festival in Abita Springs. I've never been, but perhaps hubby and I will bike on over to Abita to check it out. We'll need the exercise after all of the food we'll be eating!

On July 4th weekend the Mandeville Seafood Festival, now held at Fontainebleu State Park. We've missed this festival in the past few years because the food frankly sucks. It was all fried food and who wants to eat hot fried food in July outside? Not me.

Instead we just may head back to Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church in Bay St. Louis for their annual Crab Festival, held on July 4th. It's a small festival, but it's held right on the Gulf of Mexico and the crowd is mellow and music is good. Best of all THEY HAVE CRABS!!!!

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