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June 7, 2014


French Market’s Annual Creole Tomato Festival  General Info:

  • Two day festival from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. free and open to the public
  • 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 under tents to give people a break from the June heat and humidity
  • Approximately 15 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—and of course, bloody marys!  
  • 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 throughout the day 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
  • Quirky aspects include:  People strolling the grounds in tomato costumes and handing out tomato shaped fans (will get you photos for this); 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!

LIVE MUSIC SCHEDULE:  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. Phillip and Decatur Streets, riverside

 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Paul Sanchez

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



Start: June 7, 2014 10:00 am
End: June 8, 2014 7:00 pm

July 11, 2014

Bastille Day Fete at the French Market and Old U.S. Mint (and throughout City)

It’s Bastille Day Weekend and there are events throughout the French Quarter and the City!


More information to follow.

Start: July 11, 2014 8:00 am
End: July 14, 2014 5:00 pm

August 3, 2014

National Farmers Market Week: Cooking Demos & Live Music at the Farmers Market


Start: August 3, 2014 8:00 am
End: August 9, 2014 5:00 pm

September 13, 2014

DOWNRIVER II: The Mighty Mississippi River Festival

DOWNRIVER FESTIVAL II:  The Mighty Mississippi River Festival

New Orleans, LA Saturday September 13th 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Old U.S. Mint and historic French Market
  • Celebrating the cultural, economic, environmental & inspirational impacts and contributions of the Mississippi River to the Crescent City.
  • Live music, lectures, food booths, cooking demonstrations, children’s activities, and theatrical presentations reflecting river influences, from Delta blues performers to Making a Jazz Gumbo presentations,
  • INCLUDING a “Coffee and Bananas” theme with coffee and banana vendors, demonstrations, and conversations hosted by Southern Food and Beverage Museum
  • Walking tours with Friends of the Cabildo highlighting the River’s stories and legacies, and more! 





Last year’s schedule of events from Sept 14, 2013:


Join us for fun indoor and outdoor river-related events at the French Market and Old U.S. Mint 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  Musical performances, a walking tour, cooking demonstration, lectures and two second lines!



9:00 a.m.  COMPLIMENTARY WALKING TOUR: The Mississippi’s influence and Inspirations.  Meet locally licensed tour guide James Geraghty at the fountain “where Dumaine meets the River” at Dumaine and Decatur Streets, near Dutch Alley Artists Co-Op in Dutch Alley (one block from Café du Monde). This 30 minute tour will offer insights on the River’s significance to the settlements in New Orleans, and how it continues to be part of our City’s commerce and experiences.  Stroll to Latrobe Park to learn about the City’s first waterworks,  and walk the French Market, envisioning it as it was, pre-floodwall! 

10:00 a.m.  GOOD MORNING, MISSISSIPPI RIVER! Second line from the entrance to the Riverfront at Dumaine with costumed characters depicting Mark Twain, crawfish, and more. This second line will get your juices flowing and get you ready to enjoy the day of demos, talks, and performances. It’s also a wonderful way to experience the River and the French Market District…by strolling to the sounds of the RIGHT ON BRASS BAND as we wind our way to the Old U.S. Mint.  FROM DUMAINE AND THE RIVER THROUGH FRENCH MARKET TO OLD U.S. MINT

 11:00 a.m.  “MAKING A JAZZ GUMBO” Music and food presentation with two musicians from the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park and representatives of the Houma Nation. Says Janie Luster, mother and grandmother to the two women who will be demonstrating this traditional Shrimp Filé Gumbo recipe: “Our Gumbo is different from the Cajun Gumbo because we do not make a roux….the way we do it is our traditional way of browning the onions…and the thickening agent is the filé.”  FARMERS MARKET STAGE, FRENCH  MARKET.  Free samples offered after the demo.

Indoors at the Mint 12 noon to 5 pm:

12:00 NOON “Mississippi River Images and Melodies” performance with Giselle Bonfaire, pianist & vocalist. THIRD FLOOR, OLD U.S. MINT.

1:00 p.m. “History of Riverboats and Commerce” lecture by “Doc” Hawley, riverboat captain. THIRD FLOOR, OLD U.S. MINT.

2:00-3:15 p.m. “Songs of the Mississippi River” featuring Meghan Schwartz, Beth Patterson, Richard Scott, Gina Forsyth, Joe Stolarick, Matt Hampsey, Bruce Barnes, and Giselle Bonfair. THIRD FLOOR, OLD U.S. MINT.

4:00-5:00 p.m. “Good for What Ails Ya: Yakamein, Menudo, Gumbo and Pho” panel discussion moderated by WWOZ 90.7 FM’s George Ingmire. Panelists include: Ms. Linda Green, AKA “The Yakamein Lady”, Daniel Esses, and Anne Churchill. THIRD FLOOR, OLD U.S. MINT.


5:30-6:00 p.m. Mighty Mississippi Sacred Second line. Begins at Old U.S. Mint and ends at the River near Dumaine Street. The Sacred Second line will be led by Grayhawk Perkins, member of the Choctaw and Houma Nations, and also members of N’ Fungola Sibo African Drum & Dance Ensemble. Join Ranger Lee McDowell from the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park as we gather at the Old U.S. Mint in the courtyard next to the French Market at 5:15 p.m. The procession will start at 5:30 p.m. and will make its way through the French Market and conclude at the river near Dumaine Street with a blessing of the river. STARTS AT OLD U.S. MINT, GOES THROUGH FRENCH MARKET TO END AT THE RIVER.







Start: September 13, 2014 9:00 am
End: September 13, 2014 6:00 pm

October 18, 2014

Boo Carré Halloween & Harvest Festival



Main activities occur in Dutch Alley & at the Farmers Market

More information to follow

Start: October 18, 2014 10:00 am
End: October 18, 2014 4:00 pm

November 1, 2014

Satsuma Celebration

Satsumas will be ripe and ready in November and we want to celebrate this locally grown bliss with you!

Start: November 1, 2014 12:00 pm
End: November 1, 2014 4:00 pm

December 6, 2014

St. Nicholas Day Fair in Dutch Alley

Start: December 6, 2014 10:00 pm
End: December 6, 2014 10:00 pm

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