Do Not Miss the Vieux To Do This June!

Not one, not two, but three festivals rolled into one!  June 9-10, 2012 welcomes the Vieux To Do.  Visit three area festivals during this weekend to experience the heart and soul of New Orleans.  This Mississippi riverside event spanning a single six-block area is a do-not-miss event if you stay in our bed and breakfast  in New Orleans on these dates!

Stop 1:  The French Market for the Creole Tomato Festival
This event, started in 1986, celebrates all things “Louisiana Food.”  The Creole Tomato thrives in Louisiana’s rich, fertile soil, and comes to harvest at the start of June.  Thus, the celebration!  Laugh at the larger-than-life tomatoes strolling about, watch area chefs fight over the first tomatoes of the season in the annual tomato auction, and (of course) enjoy the delicious food inspired by the Creole Tomato!  (parade)

Stop 2:  The Old U.S. Mint for the Louisiana Seafood Festival
Just east of the French Market, you can easily walk on over to get a taste of the Gulf.  Did you know that Louisiana harvests more seafood than any other US state?  The Seafood Festival celebrates this fact, offering live cooking demonstrations, food booths featuring some of the best seafood dishes of area restaurants, and the World’s largest Seafood Dish and Crawfish Boil, among others!  And why not pick up your copy of the Our Home, Louisiana Seafood Cookbook?  Featuring recipes from area personalities and restaurant chefs, 100% of this book’s proceeds benefit Friends of the Fishermen and the Louisiana Seafood Festival Foundation.

Stop 3:  Stay at the Old U.S. Mint for the Cajun-Zydeco Festival
Okay, so this is technically an extension of the Seafood Festival.  The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation offers live music on two stages!  Zydeco folk music was brought to the area by the Creoles, and the distinct sound will have your feet tapping, and your mouth smiling.  More than 20 performers offer music for dance and celebration, including C.J. Chenier & His Red Hot Louisiana Band and Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie – two well-known Zydeco groups.  Meanwhile, shop the crafts fair and enjoy the food offered by the Seafood Festival!

You won’t be bored, and you certainly won’t go away hungry when you attend Vieux To Do!  Simply hop on the streetcar outside the B and B and take the short ride to and from these fun events.  Enjoy your riverside festival days, and then return to your comfortable room at our NOLA inn to enjoy the Louisiana nights!

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