Held annually at the historic French Market on the second weekend in June, the Creole Tomato Festival features bountiful fresh Creole tomatoes for sale as well as cooking demonstrations, food booths, live music, children's activities, and a Creole Tomato eating contest. And, it’s free!
Local soils and climate make Creole tomatoes a Louisiana treasure that can't be duplicated in other locations – and surely that is reason enough to come to New Orleans and celebrate! With the focus on locally grown tomatoes, this harvest festival features local chefs doing food demos, local restaurants with food booths, plenty of fresh produce for sale, and of course, lots of music and dancing.
The location just adds to this festival’s charm. It’s held in the historic French Market (the oldest market of its kind in the U.S., founded in 1791), a stone’s throw from the Mississippi River in the old French Quarter. The market area is covered and shady, complete with a summer breeze that wafts over from the Mississippi River. Two stages offer a full schedule of live music and lots of opportunities for dancing. Artists in previous years have included Waylon Thibodeaux, the Washboard Chaz Blues Trio, the Tuxedo Jazz Band, Los Po Boy Citos and more.
As with most festivals held in New Orleans, the food on offer here is no ordinary festival food; some of the city’s most revered restaurants serve up traditional and innovative creations featuring the Creole tomato in all its glory – all waiting for you to enjoy them with the perfect complement: a splash of TABASCO® Sauce! You might expect to sample Creole tomato crabcakes from Andrea’s Restaurant, Creole tomato Oysters Rockefeller from Oceana Grill, a Creole tomato stuffed with Louisiana shrimp from Purloo, or fried green tomatoes with Creole sauce from Voleo’s.
Attractions also include a Saturday morning second line and children's activities in a quiet corner of the market. Admission is free.
For more information, visit www.frenchmarket.org.