Monthly Archives: May 2012

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Creole Tomato Festival

The French Market Creole Tomato Fest is a New Orleans celebration of the delicious Creole tomato, which makes it’s way out of farms and gardens into the hands of happy cooks the first few weeks of June. The festival takes place at 2 French Market Pl. in the French Quarter and will feature live music, cooking demos, the Creole Tomato parade, and of course, food, food, food, offered by street vendors and farmer’s market booths.

The Creole tomato originally hails from the West Indies and grows well in the sultry Louisiana climate and rich soil. Their unique flavor pairs well with many wonderful Creole dishes, and happily with shrimp, whose season is also in full swing.

Creole Tomato Festival : June 9-10, free admission.

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Bayou Boogaloo 2012

The Bayou Bugaloo is a strictly Louisiana spectacle that takes place each year on the banks of the Bayou St. John and consists of all of the different aspects that make a festival work in new Orleans: food, music, art, dancing and a duck race. Wait, what? A duck race? Yes! The Rubber Duck Derby puts the “FUN” in fundraising! Benefiting the Second City Harvest Food Bank, the  derby sees thousands of bright yellow duckies floating down the Bayou. The ducks are adopted for $5 each. The winning ducky’s parent will win a car! The second, third and fourth place winners also get great prizes.

Along with the music and fun, the festival is proud of its sustainability efforts. By striving to be a zero-waste event and encouraging attendees to get to the festival in non-motorized means, the festival commits itself to the green effort.

You can hit both weekends of the festival and stay with us for 10 days at the 1896 O’Malley House.