The Annual French Market Creole Tomato Festival is always held the second weekend in June, when Creole Tomatoes are just being picked! This year’s festival is June 13 & 14th throughout the French Market District, from Dumaine and Decatur Street to Barracks Street, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The festival is free and open to the public, with convenient nearby parking, restrooms, ATM’s, and plenty of restaurants, cafes, shops and riverfront access within the French Market District–just like every day of the year!
THREE MUSIC STAGES: The outdoor Abita Beer mainstage at the Old U.S. Mint; The outdoor Dutch Alley Pavilion stage at St. Philip and Decatur Street in Dutch Alley; and the indoor New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park stage with children’s programming. Stay tuned for a full schedule soon. Here is an at-a-glance of some of the confirmed performers:
- Jon Cleary
- Big Daddy ‘O’ & Uneven Ground
- Stephanie Jordan
- New Orleans Nightingales
- Paul Sanchez
- Johnette Downing
- Sazerac Sunrise Band
- Tornado Brass Band
- Songs for Junior Rangers
- Washboard Chaz Blues Trio
- Seth Hitsky and Black Dragons
- Leroy Jones Quintet
- Dianne Gumbo Marie Honore’
- Kelcy Mae
- Johnny Sansone
- The Chorus Girls Project
- Meryl Zimmerman
- Young Traditional New Orleans Jazz Band
- The Swing Setters (with Jayna Morgan)
- 101 Runners
Food Booths: Find approximately one dozen food booths featuring Creole tomato dishes plus other seasonal, local items by some of the city’s most established as well as exciting, emerging restaurants. No items are more than $7/each! A “Best of the Fest” contest is held on Saturday to select the top three food booths.
ARTICLES ABOUT LAST YEAR’S FOOD OFFERINGS AND “BEST OF THE FEST” CONTEST WINNERS:
Culinary Stage: Our kickoff event, The Ripe ‘n Ready Rally is held here at 10 a.m. on Saturday June 13th, followed by a secondline through festival grounds. Throughout the weekend, find cooking demonstrations, culinary discussions (What is a Creole Tomato? What is Creole Cooking?) and Creole Tomato Eating Contests! Stay tuned for a list of presenters.
Farmers Market: Find fresh Creole tomatoes by the box and case, plus other fresh seasonal produce here, across from our daily eateries, serving up delicious varieties of beverages, treats, sandwiches, salads, and Cajun and Creole dishes. We’ll be announcing the participating farmers soon!
READ ABOUT LAST YEAR’S “REFRESHING” OF THE FESTIVAL: FRENCH MARKET FESTIVAL SEEKS TO POLISH FRENCH MARKET’S LOCAL APPEAL
Children’s Activities: Dutch Alley is full of misting fans to cool off the kids as they play miniature golf, build with foam blocks, make arts and crafts, get their face painted, and more! All kids activities are free and open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Playbuild NOLA, Partee Rentals, Funny Bones Improv, Diane Gumbo Honore, and Doc Griggs; “Get Checked. Get Fit. Get Moving!”
READ ABOUT LAST YEAR’S AWESOME KID OFFERINGS: FRENCH MARKET CREOLE TOMATO FESTIVAL SHOWS OFF ITS FAMILY-FRIENDLY SIDE
*TICKETS ARE $150 / PERSON*
A quintessential southern foodie experience served family-style will be prepared by Justin Devillier, Executive Chef of La Petite Grocery and Balise, and a team of award-winning chefs including:
- Slade Rushing, Executive Chef Brennan’s
- Vishwesh Bhatt, Executive Chef City Grocery Restaurant Group (Oxford, MS)
- Rebecca Wilcomb, Chef de Cuisine of Herbsaint
- Kristen Essig, Executive Chef of Meauxbar
A cocktail reception featuring handcrafted cocktails by Cane & Table will begin the evening.
6:30 – 7:30 P.M. | Cane & Table cocktail reception
7:30 – 10:00 P.M. | Sit-down dinner under the French Market pavilion featuring live music by Creole String Beans
ALL PROCEEDS from the event are dedicated to funding the growth of The French Market’s weekly farmers markets. Parking available nearby at three French Market lots: www.frenchmarket.org/parking-directions
Questions? Please contact Jeremy Smith via email at email@example.com