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Preview: Louisiana Seafood Festival 

Kate Watson looks at the annual event coming Oct. 10-12

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The Louisiana Seafood Festival celebrates the state's seafood with three days of live music, food, cooking demonstrations, an Oktoberfest-themed beer garden and more at New Orleans City Park's Festival Grounds.

  "Attendance has grown from 5,000 people to 45,000 people," festival chariman Tony Abadie says of the festival's growth, which eventually moved to City Park.

  The musical lineup includes 1990s rockers Gin Blossoms, Deadeye Dick, Benjy Davis (pictured), Eric Lindell, Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, Kristin Diable & the City, Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes, Pat Green, Brass-A-Holics and others.

  Seafood offerings include Antoine's Restaurant's shrimp ravigote, Drago's Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar's char-grilled oysters, Ernst Cafe's crawfish nachos, Luke's shrimp meatball and pork belly po-boy, and shrimp fried rice from Trey Yuen Cuisine of China. There also are nonseafood offerings, such as Jacques-Imo's Cafe's slow-roasted duck po-boys and Cafe Reconcile's bananas Foster bread pudding. John Besh and other local chefs present cooking demonstrations.

  The beer garden features craft beers in an array of styles from Abita and Tin Roof Brewing Company and others. Entry to the beer garden is by wristband ($10). Music performances will be broadcast on video monitors in the garden.

  The festival is sponsored by the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board, and a portion of proceeds benefit the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation. Admission is free.

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