The annual Louisiana Seafood Festival (www.louisianaseafoodfestival.com) is growing and will move to the festival grounds in New Orleans City Park for its Oct. 11-13 event. The annual celebration of local seafood will include 38 restaurants and caterers, making this the biggest festival yet.
Visitors can dine on crawfish Monica and other dishes and listen to musical headliners Better than Ezra, Amanda Shaw, Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes, Wild Magnolias and the Big Chief Summit, Honey Island Swamp Band, Creole String Beans, Mia Borders and others. On Sunday, the New Orleans Saints game against the New England Patriots will be broadcast on large screens.
The festival also features cooking demonstrations by local chefs, a kids' pavilion, an arts and crafts village and drinks. Admission is free.
The Seafood Festival was established in 2006 to promote the seafood and tourism industries after Hurricane Katrina. The event has moved from year to year, with previous locations at Lafayette Square, Fulton Street and Woldenberg Park.
— JEANIE RIESS