The Jazz and Heritage Foundation draws global recognition for Jazz Fest, but did you know the foundation puts on several other events in the city? From the Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival to annual competitions like Class Got Brass?, the foundation spotlights the importance of music in New Orleans throughout the year. And if you’re looking to enjoy some of the city’s finest food and tunes, head to the Treme Creole Gumbo Festival in Armstrong Park.
As the name suggests, this festival pairs brass band music – including the Treme Brass Band – with plenty of gumbo offerings. Seafood and meat gumbos will be in attendance, but guests can also look forward to a vegan gumbo competition. Each restaurant participating in the festival is eligible to enter a vegan gumbo, and competitors can also choose to create a gluten-free vegan gumbo. Culinary experts will judge each vegan creation, and visitors can purchase a sample to vote for their own favorite.
The second annual vegan gumbo contest aims to encourage healthy eating habits and also features a partnership with PETA.
A new addition to the festival is the organizers’ decision to merge the arts market with the children’s area. The decision adds to the allure of this family friendly event: local artists will lead interactive workshops for kids, providing a creative atmosphere for all to enjoy.
As always, music is at the forefront of this Jazz and Heritage Foundation event. Expect a near-constant stream of brass music throughout the festival, which runs all day on both Saturday and Sunday.
In addition to local high school bands, the festival has also featured standouts like the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Brass Band and the Soul Rebels, who close out the festival on Sunday.
So many of our Greater New Orleans properties are just a short drive from the event, and parking is plentiful. Take advantage of the city’s top-notch music and food at this fall festival!
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