New Orleans' Treme Creole Gumbo Festival

The second annual Treme Creole Gumbo Festival honors the role of the historic Treme neighborhood in the development of New Orleans music, cuisine and culture. With one stage showcasing the best jazz, blues and R&B from the Treme, plus gumbo cooking demonstrations by the finest chefs in the city, the festival offers fun for the whole family.

Among the performers will be Treme’s own trumpet star Kermit Ruffins.

The Treme Creole Gumbo Festival also includes our Jazz & Heritage Holiday Bazaar, where official Jazz Fest t-shirts, posters and other merchandise will be for sale, along with hand-made local clothing, jewelry and home furnishings.

According to Wikipedia: Treme (historically sometimes called Tremé or Faubourg Tremé or Tremé/Lafitte when including the Lafitte Projects) is a neighborhood of the city of New Orleans. A subdistrict of the Mid-City District Area, its boundaries as defined by the City Planning Commission are: Esplanade Avenue to the north, North Rampart Street to the east, St. Louis Street to the south and North Broad Street to the west. It is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, and early in the city's history was the main neighborhood of free people of color. It remains an important center of the city's African-American and Créole culture, especially the modern brass band tradition. Parts of the Tremé neighborhood (particularly the area lakeside of Claiborne Avenue) have a crime problem.

Current festival info:
Saturday, Dec. 12, and Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009
Time: 11am - 5:30pm
Location: Jazz & Heritage Center (1225 N. Rampart St.)
Admission: Free
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