Friday, June 12, 2009

The French Market VIEUX TO DO

Occurring this weekend in the French Market and adjoining venues is the Vieux To Do, another wonderful free festival in New Orleans.

A trifecta of free festivals celebrating Louisiana culture: The French Market's Creole Tomato Festival; the Louisiana Cajun Zydeco Festival, sponsored by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation; and the Louisiana Seafood Festival, sponsored by the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board. All held along the French Market, the festivals will feature two stages of Cajun-zydeco music, cooking demonstrations of Creole tomato dishes, 11 seafood vendors, costumed characters and more.

• When: Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

• Where: The French Market, on North Peters Street from St. Peter Street to Esplanade Avenue.

We attended last year as well as in 2007 and it was a blast both times, despite the heat.

There are plenty of places to cool down, such as watching chef demonstrations

click here for a full lineup of events. Some of the chefs demonstrating on Saturday are from Dickie Brennan's, Andrea's, Bacco and Cafe Degas. The above link also has a line up of some good Zydeco musicians as well.

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