Sunday, January 29, 2012

Tet Fest 2012

Tucked away in New Orleans East is Mary Queen of Vietnam Church, just a stones throw from the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility.

Every year this close knit community of Vietnamese people celebrate their New Year by holding Tet Festival on the Church grounds. Tet is an abbreviation for Tet Nguyen Dan, meaning "first day." This is the most important festival of the year, signifying both the beginning of the year and of spring. And the weather cooperated nicely, making it feel like spring with temperatures in the low 70's and clear blue skies.

We visited the festival for the first time and enjoyed both the food and the people watching.

The Vietnamese community in "The East" brought themselves back after Katrina. In the 6+ years since the storm, they have welcomed the Hispanics who helped rebuild the city into their area. It's really very interesting to visit the businesses along Alcee Fortier Boulevard.
There are grocery stores (both Vietnamese and Hispanic), cafes, restaurants, bakeries, pharmacies, etc. One of my favorite bakeries is Dong Phuong where they make THE BEST assortment of breads and desserts. And their prices can't be beat.

So if you're looking for a culinary adventure, take a ride out the The East and explore what it has to offer.

On a side note, Andrew Zimmermann from Bizarre Foods visited the east. check this out.


sophmom said...

Thanks for sharing this. They really did come back and just do it, didn't they? I've been out there a few times in the course of spending time at a friend's in Venetian Isles. Looked like lots of fun.

Happy New Year!

bayoucreole said...

I've never gone to this festival but, I'm putting it on my list!