French market

The Creole tomato festival returns to the French market from June 11 to 12

The bonus at the Creole Tomato Festival 2016. Photo by Kim Gallois

The 36th Annual French Market Creole Tomato Festival will be held June 11-12 in the French Market district. The event will include two live music stages, food stalls offering Creole tomato dishes and family activities.

The festival kicks off Saturday at 11 a.m. with the second line Ripe and Ready, beginning at Oscar Dunn Park (formerly Washington Artillery Park) 700 Decatur Street, and continuing to the French Market, led by the Kinfolk Brass Band. The procession will also include Grand Marshal Charles Andrews, Queen Princess Stephaney of the Creole Tomato Festival, the Yellow Pocahontas Black Masking Indians, the Black Storyville Baby Dolls of New Orleans and the NOLA Chorus Girls. The festival will continue with musical stages at the French Market Flea Market and Dutch Alley. The lineup includes Gina Brown, Banjo a la Créole Quartet, Alicia Renee aka Blue Eyes, and Arrowhead Jazz Band from New Orleans Jazz National Park, among others.

Five food vendors will offer a delicious assortment of tomato-based Creole dishes, including George’s Produce/The Pontchartrain serving Creole tomato slices with chunk crabmeat dressed in remoulade; Delyo’s Creole Catering prepares Creole tomatoes stuffed with shrimp pasta; and Voleo’s Seafood Restaurant selling fried green tomatoes.

The French Market district stretches from Upper Pontalba’s shops on Jackson Square to Crescent Park, including the Colonnade shops on Decatur Street and open-air farmers and flea markets. The neighborhood is open daily and offers an eclectic variety of shops, restaurants, and events year-round. For more information, go here.