New Orleans, LA – The 35th annual French Market Creole Tomato Festival will be ripe and ready on Saturday, July 3rd. The landmark anniversary festival will celebrate the bounty of south Louisiana with beloved Creole tomato dishes, unique bloody marys, and a large crop of unique partner programming online, at the market, and at partner locations throughout New Orleans. “We are proud to be offering a robust hybrid festival experience this year! We are thrilled that our offerings will include festival day at the Market, virtual concerts, and restaurant and entertainment programming partners throughout New Orleans to celebrate the 35th annual Creole Tomato Festival.” said Leslie Alley, Executive Director of the French Market Corporation.
The festival day on Saturday, July 3rd at the French Market will kick-off with the Ripe and Ready second line with Yellow Pochahontas Black Masking Indians Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Club, the Black Storyville Baby Dolls, New Orleans Brass Band, and the NOLA Chorus Girls starting at Washington Artillery Park and proceeding to the French Market at 11:00am. The festival will also feature Creole tomato dish food booths, Creole tomatoes for sale by local farmers, and kid’s activities! Live music is still on the menu at the inaugural NOLA Zydeco Festival taking place at the neighboring New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint.
The Creole Tomato Festival will be as edible as ever with fresh Creole tomato dishes available at festival and at partner restaurants such as Gris-Gris offering Creole Tomato Shrimp Remoulade, Cafe Sbisa offering Marinated Creole Tomatoes with Louisiana Crabmeat Ravigote, and Rib Room at the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel offering Creole Tomato Gazpacho June 18th through July 16th! Ochsner Eat Fit will partner with the festival again this year to endorse healthy dishes that meet their criteria. Eat Fit NOLA is a non-profit organization supported by Ochsner Health and powered by registered dietitians that seeks to make the healthy choice the easy choice wherever food is served from restaurants to festivals to grocery stores. A full listing of festival food booths and restaurant partners available on online.
And what would the Creole Tomato Festival be without a bloody mary? In a salute to the classic cocktail, the festival has created a Bloody Mary Trail that will lead participants to over 15 partner locations to imbibe a variety of original eye-openers. The unique cocktail creations partnerships include Marigny Brasserie offering their signature Marigny Bloody created with all natural Brick & Spoon Bloody Mary mix paired with Tito’s vodka topped with Tajin and an assortment of homemade pickled veggies, The Eliza Jane offering the Good Morning NOLA, a Hendricks Gin bloody mary with dashes of celery bitters, tabasco, lemon juice, horseradish, worcestershire sauce garnished with spicy beans and boiled shrimp, and NOLA Caye’s offering the Bloody Jerk created with island style jerk seasoning, thick sliced bacon, Wickles okra.
In partnership with the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, the Creole Tomato Festival will stream original performances by Grammy-nominated Louisiana artists Cha Wa and Cameron Dupuy and the Cajun Troubadours, and local Grammy Award winners, The Nightcrawlers. "In the words of retired New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park Ranger, Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes, if you want good Creole tomatoes you better raise them yourself. I love that we are able to continue to nurture the convergence of home grown Creole tomatoes, home grown music, and home grown chefs and farmers through this beautiful annual event,” said Matt Hampsey, Supervisory Park Ranger: New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park and Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve. All virtual concerts will stream on Facebook and Instagram via the social media pages French Market (New Orleans) and the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park at 2:00 p.m. CST: Wednesday, June 30th - Cha Wa, Thursday, July 1st - Cameron Dupuy and the Cajun Troubadours, and Friday, July 3rd - The Nightcrawlers.
To savor the season, the Creole Tomato Festival has partnered with the New Orleans Jazz Museum, the Broad Street Theater, the Beauregard-Keyes Historic House and Garden, and the French Quarter Museum Association to offer programming for all ages before and after the festival date. “The French Market Corporation is a valued partner. Coming out of the pandemic we see an exciting time ahead for the City of New Orleans and the Lower French Quarter in particular. The French Market, Jazz Museum and Frenchmen Street are welcoming new guest and locals alike. The Creole Tomato Fest has been a staple of the festival scene. We are thrilled to partner with Zydeco Fest and French Market Corporation’s Creole Tomato Fest on what is sure to be a wonderful music and food filled event at the Jazz Museum!” said Greg Lambousy, Director of the New Orleans Jazz Museum.
On Tuesday, June 29th the Broadside, the outdoor screen at Broad Street Theater, will screen the 1978 horror cult classic “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.” The evening will start with trivia at 6:30pm, followed by the film screening. On Saturday, July 3rd, join us at BK House for Vine-Ripened Memories: A Conversation with Festival Founder Louis Costa; tickets available in advance. At 11:00am Louis Costa, the founder of the original Tomato Festival, now known as the Creole Tomato Festival, will talk about the event's origins and share memories from that era. The New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint will host a Balcony Concert with Kris Royal on Tuesday, July 6th at 5:00pm; free admission. French Quarter Museum Association institutions will be offering discounts on admissions and in the gift shops; offers vary by location.
The French Market District spans from the Shops at the Upper Pontalba on Jackson Square to Crescent Park, including the Shops of the Colonnade on Decatur Street and the open-air Farmers and Flea Markets. The District is open daily and offers an eclectic variety of shops, eateries, and events year-round. Currently operating in accordance with City and State guidelines regarding Covid-19 reopening guidelines.
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