Jazz Fest About More Than Music

Each year the city of New Orleans hosts the Jazz and Heritage Festival.  It used to be the Jazz Festival but the name was changed because the music program had expanded to feature more than just Jazz and because there is more to do than catch a concert.  Like the food.  In fact, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is as much about food as it is about music.

According to the Jazz Fest web site, "Nowhere else will you come across such matchless cuisine as found at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.  The Food Fair offers classic New Orleans staples and over time has expanded to include Creole and Cajun offerings as well as international cuisine."  This year they will have two cooking stages sponsored by Zatarain's featuring Louisiana cooks like Poppy Tooker (Slow Food New Orleans), Susan Spicer (Bayona), Donald Link (Herbsaint, Cochon) and Tory Stewart (Broussard's).  That's just a handful of the 30+ cooking demos taking place this weekend.

Additionally, there are eight designated food areas from which one can procure the foods that have made New Orleans famous and in some cases infamous.  Options range from Crawfish Bread, Cajun Jambalaya, Fried Chicken, Pecan Catfish Meunière, Seafood Mirliton Casserole, Alligator Pie, Crabmeat Stuffed Shrimp, Muffuletta, Cajun Duck Po-Boy and of course Wanda Walker's cochon de lait po-boys.  Thursday night Times-Picayune restaurant writer Brett Anderson tweeted, "In an independent study, I discovered 80% of the people at #JazzFest have just finished eating a cochon de lait po-boy."  For more on the Jazz Fest's food click HERE.

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