For the past 31 years, New Orleans residents have celebrated Creole tomatoes, grown in rich soil and vine ripened in Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes. The festival features a parade, food booths, cooking demos and an outdoor music stage. June 10–11.
Summer brings added flavor to this museum, which celebrates everything related to America’s Southern cuisine. Upcoming events include demonstrations from NOLA native Chef Carl Schuabhut (June 17) and Vegetarian Chef Justin Fox Burks( August 12), and the Big Top Cake Competition (June 24).
Tales of the Cocktail highlights NOLA’s legendary cuisine and cocktails in a week-long celebration, highlighting world-famous bartenders and tasting menus. Make a reservation for its Spirited Dinner Series, which pairs one classic drink with its perfect pair (e.g., the Manhattan with the legendary Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse). July 18-23.Visit Website
The 13th annual prix-fixe event lets visitors jump into the city’s culinary traditions, with some of New Orleans’ favorite eateries participating. Sample some the region’s finest cuisine, from Creole and Canjun classics to bold, modern re-interpretations. Aug. 1-31.
For visitors who may miss New Orleans’ summer fare, the annual Louisiana Seafood Festival offers an opportunity to experience the state’s culinary legacy, with a weekend of live music, chef demos and, of course, a bounty of fresh seafood. Stuffed po’ boys, charbroiled oysters and tasty crawfish dishes are among the standouts. Oct. 27–29.