Ladies and gentlemen do you know what time of year it is? It is time once again to head to the fun and exciting city of New Orleans to take part in the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival! So whether you are craving a classic shrimp po-boy or something more exotic like a Mississippi rabbit salad po-boy with pecans then this is the place for you and your appetite!
Mark your calendars as the fun begins at 10am on November 20th and you have until 7pm to stuff your face with as much good food as you can! Cause let me tell you while there will be an amazing assortment of po-boys, there will also be other goodies not to miss like Zapp’s Crawtator chips dipped in chocolate, bananas foster bread pudding, alligator sausage cheesecake, and strawberry and Nutella crepes.
The Po-Boy Festival also has three stages loaded with great music, arts and crafts vendors – an ideal setting to find that unique Christmas gift, a children’s section with games and prizes, and panel discussions covering the history of the po-boy. Be sure to check out the “Event” section at www.poboyfest.com for a complete list of the fascinating speakers to participate in this panel from the Cassara Family (Oak Street family who never left the neighborhood) to First Families fo the Poor Boy (two families responsible for the creation of the legendary sandwich). There will also be book signings and local restaurant owners speaking.
So we have plenty of treats, music, shopping and history so lets focus back on the heart of the festival - the po-boy. This sandwich was created to feed the striking streetcar workers in 1929 and then as meals to the families of those devastated by the Great Depression. Today people can still find their fill with this delicious sandwich that “is as diverse as the city it symbolizes.”
Over forty vendors will be on site at the festival serving up delicious po-boys. And while a po-boy can be bursting with pretty much anything you can dream up, here is a small peek at what will be on hand at the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival – Cochon de lait po-boy, pimento sausage po-boy, prime beef debris po-boy, grits & veal grillades po-boy, jambalaya po-boy, Oyster Rockefeller po-boy, Thanksgiving po-boy, even a bread pudding po-boy for dessert! For the complete list that spans over three pages of featured restaurants and great eats check out the “Food” section of www.poboyfest.com.
And don’t just plan on being in New Orleans for this one day fest – give yourself several days because in the Big Easy the good times are always rolling and there is never a shortage to the amazing food that you can’t find anywhere else.