29th Annual Creole Tomato Festival June 13th & 14th

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FRENCH MARKET CREOLE TOMATO FESTIVAL MUSICAL LINEUP:

The festival features three music stages within a three block area: The outdoor Abita Beer mainstage at the Old U.S. Mint; The Cathead Vodka stage at St. Philip and Decatur Street in Dutch Alley; and the indoor New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park stage with children’s programming.

 

ABITA BEER MAINSTAGE AT THE OLD U.S. MINT (Barracks and Decatur Streets)

SATURDAY JUNE 13TH

11 a.m. to 12:30 Paul Sanchez & Minimum Rage

1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Honey Island Swamp Band

3:00 to 4:30 The New Orleans Nightingales

5:00 to 6:30 p.m. 101 Runners

SUNDAY JUNE 14TH

11 a.m. to 12:30 Flow Tribe

1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen

3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Stephanie Jordan

5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Johnny Sansone

CATHEAD VODKA STAGE (Dutch Alley Performance Pavilion, St. Phillip and Decatur Streets)

Saturday June 13th

10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Black Dragons

11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Big Daddy O

1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sazerac Sunrise Band

3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Leroy Jones Quintet

Sunday, June 14th

10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Kelcy Mae

11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Smoking Club Jazz Band

1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Washboard Chaz

3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Gina Brown

NOLA BABY & FAMILY MAGAZINE STAGE

At the NEW ORLEANS JAZZ NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK VISITOR CENTER (Dutch Alley, near Dumaine)

Note: This is an indoor stage with limited seating; wheelchair and stroller accessible

June 13

10:30-11:30 Johnette Downing

12:30-1:30 p.m. Kids Swing and Sing with Jayna Morgan and The Swing Setters

2-3 p.m. Songs for Junior Rangers featuring N.O. Jazz Park Ranger musicians

3:30-4:30 p.m. Chorus Girls Project Present: A Creole Tomato Cabaret (a family friendly dance revue)

June 14th

10:30-11:30 a.m. Doc Griggs’ “Get Checked. Get Fit. Get Moving!” with Tornado Brass Band and Dancing Man

12 noon to 1 p.m. Funny Bones Improv

1:30-2:30 Meryl Zimmerman and Friends

3:00-3:45 Young Traditional New Orleans Jazz band

4:00-4:45 Unheard Voices of Louisiana: Dianne Gumbo Marie Honore’

 

DOWNLOAD A PDF OF THE FRENCH MARKET 29TH ANNUAL CREOLE TOMATO FESTIVAL MUSICAL LINEUP HERE

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2015 CREOLE TOMATO SELLERS INCLUDE:

BEN & BEN BECNEL’S Creole Tomatoes and additional seasonal produce by this longtime farming family & festival vendor, located in Belle Chase.

GEORGE’S PRODUCE: Creole tomatoes and additional seasonal produce by this Terrytown-based wholesale distributor, a longtime festival vendor. George’s wife won the “Best of the Fest” in 2014 for her Creole tomatoes with Hass avocados and Vidalia onion in a homemade vinaigrette. Find her selling from among 12 Creole Tomato Festival food booths.

MICHAEL DICKERSON PRODUCE: Michael is the French Market’s daily produce vendor and has been selling in our farmers market (next to Mother Nature’s Cupboard, the last stall before the Flea Market) for a year. He’ll be in his usual spot for the Creole Tomato Festival, featuring Creole tomatoes and other seasonal produce.


FOOD AND DRINK

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Festival food booths feature 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!

CONFIRMED 2015 FESTIVAL FOOD BOOTH VENDORS:

A Bite Outside

Andrea’s Restaurant & Catering

Block Factory Tamales

Crêpes a la Cart

Food Drunk

George’s Produce

L’enfant Terrible New Orleans

Little Gem

Purloo

Superior Seafood and Oyster Bar

Voleo’s Seafood Restaurant

 

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CULINARY STAGE

Our kickoff event, The Ripe ‘n Ready Rally is held here at 10:30 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.


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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. Participants include: Playbuild NOLA, Partee Rentals, Funny Bones Improv, Diane Gumbo Honore, and Doc Griggs; “Get Checked. Get Fit. Get Moving!” The NOLA BABY & FAMILY MAGAZINE stage is in Dutch Alley, inside the air-conditioned NEW ORLEANS JAZZ NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK.

CHILDREN’S INTERACTIVE CRAFT BOOTHS HOSTED BY LOCAL ARTISTS & ORGANIZATIONS

Children of all ages can enjoy creating these crafts to make and take! All activities are guided by local artists and artists organizations and have a Creole tomato festival theme.

Secondline hankies-Tomato button bracelets-Creole Tomato Magnets- “Mr. Tomato Heads”-Tomato Masks-Tomato tattoos

OTHER FREE ACTIVITIES IN THE ALLEY

Playbuild NOLA will host an “outdoor playground” with large foam blocks and interactive tabletop building activities so kids can tinker, create and collaborate!.
Miniature Golf: Partee Rentals will have their inflatable miniature golf course set up in the alley for all ages to enjoy.

A Tisket A Tasket Bookshop: Children’s books by local authors and author signings throughout both days of the fest!
Facepainting
Balloon Artists
Magicians & More!

ADDITIONAL ALL-AGES ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:

HULA HOOPING AT THE OLD U.S. MINT NEAR THE MAINSTAGE, HOSTED BY HEY NOW HOOPING ON SATURDAY AND NOLAHOOPING ON SUNDAY

*All artist booths and artists, including facepainters and other performers, are funded by the French Market Corporation and are free and open to the public.

READ ABOUT LAST YEAR’S AWESOME KID OFFERINGS: FRENCH MARKET CREOLE TOMATO FESTIVAL SHOWS OFF ITS FAMILY-FRIENDLY SIDE


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Join us at the historic French Market for an evening of festive summer fun as we celebrate the opening of tomato season with the Summer Harvest Gala: A Creole Tomato Festival kick-off party at the historic French Market!

*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 jsmith@frenchmarket.org

 

 
 

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