If you’re visiting the New Orleans French Quarter in mid-June, you are in luck. Along with the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival, you can enjoy two other festivals, the Louisiana Seafood Festival and the Creole Tomato Festival, on the same weekend and in the same neighborhood. Plus, all three are free! These overlapping festivals are collectively known as the “Vieux To Do.”
The Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival is held at the Old U.S. Mint in the historic French Quarter. Past performers have included Cajun and Zydeco groups such as the Lost Bayou Ramblers, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, and Grammy winners Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet and Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience. The site of the festival is also intriguing: the Old U.S. Mint is home to the largest collection of early and modern jazz artifacts in the city. Also on display are old coins minted at the facility when it was still operational, and artifacts dating to New Orleans’ colonial period, when it was under French and Spanish rule.
The Mint hosts the Louisiana Seafood Festival the same weekend, so Cajun-Zydeco Festival attendees can enjoy dishes prepared with some of Louisiana’s most popular ingredients: crab, shrimp, crawfish, oysters, redfish, trout, catfish and other seafood. TABASCO® Sauce is the perfect pairing for all types of seafood dishes, so be sure to have some on hand.
Meanwhile, the Creole Tomato Fest will be underway across the street at the historic French Market, which dates back to 1791 and is the nation’s oldest city marketplace. For more than 20 years, this charming little festival has celebrated the role Louisiana’s beloved Creole tomato has played in local cuisines and lifestyles. You’ll find more live music, cooking demonstrations, a parade, homegrown produce items and a variety of dishes that feature the Creole tomato, prepared by some of the city’s most renowned chefs.
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