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Special Events


Ripe & Ready 2 Mile Run/Walk

Join us Saturday, June 10 at 8:30am in Crescent Park for a 2 mile run/walk presented by the French Market District, Crescent Park , Felicity Property Co . and the New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation.


Best of the Fest Contest

The BEST OF THE FEST has all Fest Food Booth & Bloody Mary Market vendors competing for first place in the following categories:  Most Creative; Most Traditional; Tastiest; Healthiest.  Judges sample food & drinks on Saturday morning and winners are announced Saturday afternoon at the LOUISIANA COOKIN’ CULINARY STAGE.

Visit the Bloody Mary Market in Dutch Alley!

Local bars & restaurants will celebrate the tomato libation with their own versions, some concocted especially for the weekend & available only at the Creole Tomato Festival! House-made pickled garnishes & spices will also be available to take home.

Tomato Eating Contests

Held at 12:30 at the LOUISIANA COOKIN’ CULINARY STAGE at the Farmers Market (at Governor Nicholls and French Market Place) both days of the Fest. Sign up by noon each day. There will be a contest for kids and a contest for grown-ups.  Contestants sign a Hold Harmless waiver.  The contest requires contestants to eat up to 3 tomatoes without using their hands. First to eat all 3, wins! (Kids contest requires less tomato eating).  Stay tuned for a full list of rules. Winners receive a bag of fresh Creole tomatoes, a trophy, and festival souvenirs.



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