Join us at the historic French Market for an evening of festive summer fun as we celebrate the opening of tomato season—and the 28th annual Creole Tomato Festival!
Creole Tomato Festival Sponsor Abita Beer will be pairing their harvest beers (Abita Lemon Ale, Abita Amber, Abita Light, Abita Seersucker Summer Pilsner) with dishes created by a team of chefs including
Justin Devillier, Executive Chef of La Petite Grocery
2012 – 2014 James Beard Award Nominee;
Ryan Prewitt, Executive Chef of Peche Seafood Grill
2014 James Beard Award Winner – Best Chef-South;
Nathanial Zimet, Executive Chef of Boucherie;
Bronwen Wyatt, Pastry Chef of La Petite Grocery;
Jess Stokes, Pastry Chef of Maurepas Foods.
Dishes will be served family-style following a cocktail reception featuring handcrafted cocktails by French Market neighbor Cane & Table. Guitarist virtuoso John Rankin will perform at the cocktail reception and Creole String Beans will perform during the dinner.
Wednesday June 4th 6:30-10:00 p.m. at the historic French Market
6:30-7:30 p.m. Cocktail reception featuring handcrafted cocktails and live music by John Rankin
7:30 to 10:00 p.m. Sit down dinner under the French Market pavilion featuring live music by Creole String Beans and the return of the traditional auctioning off of the first case of Creole Tomatoes of the season!
- Tickets are $100/person CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
French Market’s 28th Annual Creole Tomato Festival is Saturday June 7 and Sunday June 8, 2014
French Market’s Annual Creole Tomato Festival General Info:
- Two day festival from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday June 7 and Sunday June 8
- Free and open to the public with activities for all ages
- Festival grounds are the historic French Market, covering approximately 3 blocks between Dumaine Street and Barracks Street in the lower French Quarter
Two live music stages will feature local music, from jazz to funk to Cajun and R&B musical acts: SEE FULL SCHEDULE BELOW!
- Misting fans will be provided throughout the festival grounds for a relief rom the June heat and humidity (and of course our retail shops and restaurants remain open throughout the weekend, so step inside for some air conditioning, local arts, clothing, and gifts and great food and views!)
- Spend $30 in our retail shops and get a complimentary bag of fresh Creole tomatoes!
- 16 festival food booths will feature Creole tomato dishes of all kinds, from crabmeat stuffed tomatoes to fried green tomatoes to Creole tomato and basil filled crepes–SEE FOOD BOOTH LISTINGS BELOW
- Children’s activities will occur in an area known as Dutch Alley, a corridor that includes the indoor, air-conditioned New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park. Music, miniature golf, indoor dance lessons, facepainting, and children’s crafts will be featured in this free kids activity area.
- Cooking demonstrations will occur from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day at the Farmers Market stage, featuring local chefs demonstrating and offering samples to such dishes as –Buttermilk Biscuit with Creole Tomato Jam and Grilled Corn Maque Choux—-Thin Fried Catfish topped with a Sauteed Shrimp and Creole Tomato Sauce—-Creole Tomato & Summer Melon Gazpacho—-Creole Tomato Cupcakes—-Creole Tomato stuffed with Cajun Dirty Rice
Plus: People strolling the grounds in tomato costumes and handing out tomato shaped fans; Creole tomato eating contests; bite size tomato samples so you can taste a fresh one yourself and decide if you want to purchase a box to take home! There will be several local produce vendors selling the ripest Creole tomatoes that you can find…this weekend marks the official “opening” of the Creole tomato season!
SPECIAL EVENTS DURING THE FESTIVAL INCLUDE:
10:30 a.m. Saturday June 7th: Ripe n’ Ready Rally! Take a “First Bite of the Fest” with us! Fifty complimentary Creole tomatoes will be offered to the public for a “first bite” kickoff and countdown, followed by a secondline led by Dancing Man 504 through the Festival grounds. The Ripe n Ready Rally will be hosted by Doc Griggs of Fox 8 News and Adrian Long of WYLD-FM. The FIRST BITE OF THE FEST will include Chef Andrea Apuzzo of Andrea’s Restaurant and WWL Radio host Spud McConnell
1:00 p.m. Saturday June 7th: Selection and Announcement of the BEST OF THE FEST food booth contest, with judges selecting Healthiest, Most Creative, Best Traditional, & Tastiest dishes from among the offerings at the festival food booths
1:00 p.m. Sunday June 8th: Creole Tomato Eating Contests for children & adults. Free to enter! Arrive one hour before the contest to register and get rules. First come, first served. Limited to 6 contestants per contest (kids and adults).
CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES IN DUTCH ALLEY–ALL ACTIVITIES ARE FREE! Unless otherwise note
- Craft tents for kids to make and take themed festival crafts, from tomato necklaces to secondline hankies!
- Miniature golf
- Facepainting w/ Miss Irina
- A Tisket A Tasket Bookshop will host a booth with local children’s books for sale and local children’s author signing copies throughout the day
- Playbuild will host a 16 x 16 foot temporary playground in Dutch Alley, complete with Astroturf!
- Screenprinting workshop 12-4 pm Sunday only with Amanda LaPlaca of Hopestone, Inc.
- CRAFT BOOTHS WHERE KIDS CAN MAKE AND TAKE THE FOLLOWING CRAFTS:
Secondline Hankies with Adorn me Antoinette
Tomato Button Bracelets with HeART of Justus
Tomato Hand Puppets with the NOLA Organ Grinders
Mr. Tomato Heads (Saturday only)
FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT INSIDE THE JAZZ PARK:
Saturday June 7th:
Johnette Downing performs Louisiana themed songs 11:00 a.m.
“It’s a heaping helping of fun when children’s musician Johnette Downing sings some tasty, tummy-tempting food songs for families. This Creole tomato will debut her new “Vegetable Man” song that is ripe for picking AND singing!”
Funny Bones Improv 12:15-1:15 p.m.
2-3:00 p.m. — “Songs for Junior Rangers” featuring Kristina Morales, Russell Thomas, Matt Hampsey, Bruce Barnes, Richard Scott, and Michael Harris.
3:30-4:30 - The Chorus Girl Project Presents: The Creole Tomato Dance Cabaret starring The Nola Chorus Girls
Sunday June 8th:
10:30 a.m.-11:30 DOC GRIGGS hosts his signature program “Get checked. Get fit. Get moving!” with a Creole tomato twist and fun facts on the health benefits of Creole tomatoes. After a joyous exercise routine led by Doc Griggs, step in line with a secondline with the Free Agents Brass Band, led by Dancing Man Darryl Young!
12 noon-1 p.m. Seguenon Kone African drumming workshop
1:30-3:00 p.m. Le Petit Tomato Sing-Along: Fun and familiar kid songs with a swing featuring Jayna Morgan on vocal, Joe Kennedy on piano, and Ted Long on bass. This trio will have you finger snapping, toe tapping, and dancing in your seats! All ages welcome for a fun time.
3:30 to 4:30 Award-winning UPTOWN MUSIC THEATRE presents a musical theatre revue directed by Delfeayo Marsalis
FESTIVAL FOOD BOOTHS: FULL LIST OF FOOD VENDOR MENUS
Andrea’s Restaurant and Catering
-Creole tomato eggplant paramigiana, Creole tomato crabcake Andrea, Crabmeat Ravioli
–Cha cha la Vong with Tomato-Cucumber Salad and grilled cheese with tomato jam; Marinated lentil salad with creole tomato and goat cheese
A Bite Outside
–Tomatoes DiCarlo, Creoles and Crevettes, Shrimp & Grits
-Fried green tomato chips served with remoulade, Homemade boudin link served w/ Creole mustard sauce
Crepes a la Cart
–Creole tomato, basil & mozzarella crepe; bacon and cheese crepe; Black and gold (Nutella and bananas) crepe; butter & sugar crepe
Food Drunk Food Truck
–Creole tomato and monster gulf shrimp; Drunken Pig, duck fat fries
–Creole tomatoes with hass avocados and Vidalia onion in a homemade vinaigrette; sliced Creole tomatoes with lump crab and remoulade dressing
J’s Seafood Dock
–Crawfish beignets, crawfish pasta served inside a Creole tomato, BBQ shrimp po’boy
Little Gem Saloon/Rio Mar
–Gulf shrimp with smoked Creole tomato sauce, crispy mushroom grit cake, jumbo lump crab & avocado salad with marinated Creole tomato relish
New Orleans Tomato Company
–Creole shrimp creole with rice, Terranovas homemade sausage pistolettes with NOTC sauce, plus jars of NOTC sauce
– Creole Tomato Oyster Rockefeller, Creole tomato shrimp scampi
–Creole tomato stuffed with Louisiana shrimp salad; Savory andouille calas with creole tomato jam
–Creole tomato summer pasta; grilled sausage & peppers with roasted tomato aioli; homemade cannoli, meatballs & bruschetta hoagie
Somethin’ Else Café
–Creole tomato gazpacho with crabmeat; Boudin Ball; Alligator corn dog
The Three Muses
— Creole tomato, burratta cheese and pesto sandwich; Korean marinated beef poboy
–Fried green tomatoes with Creole sauce
Cooking Demonstrations Creole Tomato Fest 2014
At the Farmers Market stage; Samples offered to first approx. 100 guests (2 oz bite size tastes)
Saturday June 7th
11 a.m. New Orleans School of Cooking Chef Kevin Belton. Creole Tomato Pie
12 p.m. Purloo: Chef Ryan Hughes: Savory Andouille Calas with a Creole Tomato Jam
1 p.m. “BEST OF THE FEST” Food Booth contest winners announced
2 p.m. Bayona: Chef Susan Spicer: Fried Fish Cha Ca La Vong
3 p.m. Andrea’s Restaurant: TBD
4 p.m. Cupcake Fairies: Creole Tomato Cupcakes with a twist!
5 p.m. Aunt Sally’s Pralines: Chef Claire Stewart: Aunt Sally’s Cajun Pecans, Creole Tomato & Muffuletta Muffins
Sunday June 8th
11 a.m. Fit Gourmet of New Orleans: Chef Dione Duhon: Healthy Creole Tomato Sauce and Louisiana Shrimp over Basmati Rice
12 noon Food Drunk Food Truck: Chef PJ Haines: Creole Tomato and Monster Gulf Shrimp
1 p.m. CREOLE TOMATO EATING CONTESTS (KIDS AND ADULTS, 1:15 AND 1:30)
2 p.m. Cane & Table: Nick Detrich: Creole Tomato Cocktail
3 p.m. Tableau: Sous Chef Brody LeBlanc: Creole Tomato and Melon Gazpacho with a charred Jalapeno and tomato crab salad as well as a a tomato and melon cocktail with Herbsaint and Hendricks.
4 p.m. French Market Produce: TBD
5 p.m. RioMar: Executive Chef Miles Prescott: Ecuadorian Ceviche with Gulf Shrimp, Fire Roasted Chiles, Fresh Lime Juice, and Ripe Creole Tomatoes
French Market’s 28th annual CREOLE TOMATO FESTIVAL June 7 & 8, 2014
Saturday, June 7th—ABITA BEER STAGE near Barracks Street, alongside the Flea Market
11:45 A.M.-1:15 p.m. Pocket Aces Brass Band
1:45-3:15 p.m. Waylon Thibodeaux
3:45-5:15 p.m. Billy Iuso and Friends
5:45-7:00p.m. Brass a Holics
Saturday, June 7th—Dutch Alley pavilion stage at St. Phillip and Decatur Streets, riverside
11 a.m. -12:15 Ashley Renay
12:45-2:15 p.m. Shotgun Jazz Band
2;45-415 p.m. Kelcy Mae
4:30-6:00 p.m. Washboard Chaz Blues Trio
Sunday, June 8th— ABITA BEER STAGE near Barracks Street, alongside the Flea Market
11:45-1:15 p.m. Kid Merv & All That Jazz
1:45-3:15 p.m. HoneyPots
3:45-5:15 p.m. Los Po Boy Citos
5:45-7:00 p.m. Erica Falls
Sunday, June 8th— Dutch Alley pavilion stage at St. Philip and Decatur Streets, riverside
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Paul Sanchez & Minimum Rage
12;45-2:15 p.m Tuxedo Jazz Band
2: 45-4:15 p.m. Royal & Dumaine Hawaiians
4:45-6:00 p.m. Ganey Arsement