New Orleans Bed and Breakfast Guests Dive into the Seafood Festival

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Vendors at the 4th Annual New Orleans Seafood Festival

Fourth Annual New Orleans Seafood Festival took place this year at Lafayette Square on September 10th, 11th and 12th, 2010 in downtown NOLA. Proceeds from this event benefited the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation. The festival was only a 10 minute ride on the streetcar line, so our New Orleans lodging venue was very convenient for our guests. Innkeepers at our B&B made sure that their New Orleans Bed and Breakfast guests were aware of the “seafood party” and encouraged attendance. Innkeepers Joe and Bebe Rabhan even set the example by joining them there for the festivities.

The festival, which was free and open to the public, featured live music and cuisine from many famed, local restaurants. Visitors and locals alike feasted on oysters, shrimp, snapper, talipia, scallops and yes, alligator, in all forms and recipes. The 20 local restaurants who participated offered at least two specialty items. Alligator sausage on a stick was our favorite as we sampled as much of the fresh catch that was available in each booth.

Besides all the wonderful seafood dishes to select from there were snoballs, gelato, kettle corn, daiquiris, draft and full bars.  Among the minions, there were a variety of seafood Po-boys, pasta, soups, salads, wraps, and Cajun offerings to name a very few.  All were offered by some of the greatest chefs and restaurants in the city!  A full list of participants and food varieties can be found here.

 

seafoodfest1In addition to the seafood, there was plenty of entertainment scheduled throughout the weekend on the big stage. New Orleans bed and breakfast guests rocked out to the sounds of  Wiseguys, Rockin’ Dopsie Jr, Revivalists, Vivaz, Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers, Rebirth Brass Band, Amanda Shaw, The Boogiemen and Luther Kent.  There were about 40 booths of Louisiana artists and craftsmen selling original works and 10 celebrity chefs demonstrated the fine art of cooking fresh Louisiana seafood.

The festival was testimony to locals and the guests at our bed and breakfast that eating seafood from the Gulf is perfectly safe and very tasty. When was the last time you indulged in a shrimp poboy? Plan now to come on down to the Big Easy. You can have your own seafood festival anytime. This one will be back in September of 2011.

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