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Music fills the air every Labor Day weekend at City Park while festival attendees agonize over what seafood dish to savor as Louisiana’s incredible seafood history is celebrated with the Louisiana Seafood Festival. It’s three days of food, music, dancing and arts and crafts.
Louisiana vendors provide their take on every type of seafood cuisine – oysters, crawfish, shrimp, and more – cooked every which way. There are oyster po-boys, barbecue oysters, crawfish etouffe, shrimp remoulade, barbecue shrimp wraps, blackened alligator tacos and other succulent choices. Restaurants represented include Acme Oyster and Seafood House, Café Giovanni, Drago's Seafood Restaurant, Galatoire's, Red Fish Grill and others. There is also a beer garden and daiquiri stands, as well as non-alcoholic options available.
There is a Cooking Pavilion, featuring celebrity chef demonstrations that have included Chef John Besh, Duke LoCicero of Café Giovanni, Michael Sichel of Galatoire’s and others. Visitors can learn how to make the best seafood dishes from the best chefs.
Throughout the festival grounds, Louisiana musicians keep festival-goers dancing. Previous performers include Kermit Ruffins, Rebirth Brass Band, Jon Cleary and Amanda Shaw.
There is also an Art Village with a variety of local art vendors selling crafts, arts, jewelry, clothing and accessories and more. Kids can find lots to do, too, at the Kid’s Tent with arts and craft activities, storytelling and more. The festival is produced as an annual fundraiser for the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation. City Park’s Festival Grounds are accessible via the Canal Street streetcar line.
Non-profit organization that works to strengthen Louisiana’s hospitality industry through support of hospitality and culinary education and workforce development programs, and by providing financial assistance and/or...