Just when you thought the city couldn’t possibly dedicate a festival to yet another indigenous food item, a local nonprofit has announced the lineup for the first-ever Beignet Fest
The festival — which aims to raise funds for children with autism — takes place October 8 at Lafayette Square and will feature both sweet and savory versions of the iconic fried dough confection from local restaurants.
Local couple Amy and Sherwood Collins hatched the idea for the festival to donate proceeds to the Tres Doux Foundation, which they founded to help raise awareness and funds for autism programs in New Orleans.
“Through our journey with our son, Liam, who is on the autism spectrum, we found out there’s a gap in accessible programming for kids on the spectrum, and we wanted to change that,”Amy Collins said in a prepared statement. “So, we are doing what we do best – creating and managing a festival with amazing food and music!”
The list for food vendors so far includes — of course — Café Du Monde
, Ye Olde College Inn, The Ruby Slipper, Café Beignet, New Orleans Coffee & Beignet and Bread & Circus, of Lafayette. Curiously. Morning Cal
l doesn’t appear to have joined the lineup just yet.
While the festival is free and open to the public, apportion of the proceeds from food and beverage sales will go toward the foundation. Guests will be able to cast their vote for a favorite in several categories including best sweet, savory, most original and all around crowd favorite.
The musical lineup includes Big Sam’s Funky Nation, John "Papa" Gros Band, Los Po-Boy-Citos, The Confetti Park Players Children’s Chorus and Alexandra Scott.
The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.beignetfest.com.