Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Louisiana Seafood Festival moves to New Orleans City Park in October

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click to enlarge Pier 424 Seafood Market will offer a twist on traditional Cajun recipes, like its signature spicy crawfish wraps. - JEANIE RIESS
  • JEANIE RIESS
  • Pier 424 Seafood Market will offer a twist on traditional Cajun recipes, like its signature spicy crawfish wraps.


With twice as many vendors as it had in 2012, the annual Louisiana Seafood Festival — held this year October 11-13 — might just live up to Chairman Tony Abadie’s goal: to become the Jazz and Heritage Festival of the fall. In its new location at the Festival Grounds in New Orleans City Park, the annual celebration of local seafood will have 38 restaurants and caterers, making this the biggest festival yet.

The next step in achieving a Jazz Fest-esque distinction: musical headliners. While visitors dine on crawfish Monica and the like (no need to ask where the crawfish are from), Better than Ezra will headline, and other local acts include Amanda Shaw, the Creole String Beans, Honey Island Swamp Band, Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes and Paul Varisco and the Milestones Band. On Sunday, overhead screens will broadcast the New Orleans Saints matchup against the New England Patriots.

In addition to musical acts, the festival will feature celebrity chef demonstrations, a kids' pavilion, an arts and crafts village and, of course, the necessary libations to accompany a salty menu. Admission is free.

The Seafood Festival was established in 2006 to promote the seafood and tourism industries after Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil disaster. The event has bounced around from year to year, with previous locations at Lafayette Square, Fulton Street and Woldenberg Park.


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