Food and culture served up at weekend events

Don Ames
October 05, 2018 - 7:18 am

Celebrations old and new make for a fun fall festival weekend in Greater New Orleans.

It's only the 3rd annual Beignet Fest, this Saturday at the Festival Grounds at City Park.

"We've got over 19 different food vendors doing 33 different beignet creations," says festival producer and founder, Sherwood Collins.

The deep-fried dishes run the gamut from appetizer and entree versions, to a variety of dessert beignets...all from New Orleans' best restaurants and food trucks.

There'll be live music all day and a large screen TV to catch the LSU game. Proceeds from Beignet Fest benefit the Tres Doux Foundation, which makes grants to nonprofits serving children with developmental delays.

The Treme Fall Fest offers a true taste of the neighborhood.

"This is a great opportunity to really get some in-depth knowledge about the Treme. The festival is embedded within the community," says Darryl Durham, president of the Historic Faubourg Treme Assn.

He says some of the most famous musicians and artists from Tremé will participate in the street festival, which runs through Sunday, including a Mass and gospel concert at St. Augustine Church 

And, in Amite this weekend, it's  "The Oldest Fair in the State".

"We were established in 1888. This is our 130th year," says Tangipahoa Parish Fair Spokeswoman Tammy DiMattia.

She says it's moved around a bit in that time, but is back in Amite this year where it all began. 


Algiers Fest
October 6
Algiers Fest 2018 at Federal City celebrates the military, police and the Algiers community.  Bring the whole family and enjoy live music, local art work, children’s activities, food trucks and more! The event is free and open to the public. 2500 General Meyer Ave., New Orleans

Acadia Music Fest
October 6
Time: 9:30 am - 10 pm
If you’re a fan of daiquiris, live music or art, you may want to be at the Acadia Music Fest in Thibodaux on Saturday. The festival will showcase local art, music and food at the Acadia Plantation Town Center, 110 Rue Angelique, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 at the gate.

2018 Beignet Fest
October 6
There are more than 30 beignet dishes available from restaurants and food trucks, from simple fried versions with powdered sugar to beignets with seafood and other savory fillings. There's also live music, a children's village, art market and more. New Orleans City Park Festival Grounds, 4 Friedrichs Ave. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free.

October 5-6, 12-13, 19-20
The festival celebrates German culture on three consecutive weekends with German food and beers, beer stein-holding contests, dance performances, Dachshund races and more. 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday. $8. Deutsches Haus, 1700 Moss St.

St. Tammany Parish Fair
October 3rd - 7th 2018
The purpose of the St. Tammany Parish Fair is to promote community economic development and showcase local culture as well as nurturing community responsibility and pride. It includes a rodeo, pageant, rides, food, a mini farm, livestock shows and much more.

Treme Fall Fest
October 5-7
There's a street festival Saturday with live music, food and drink vendors and arts and crafts and a Mass and gospel concert at St. Augustine Church Sunday. Some of the most famous musicians and artists from Tremé perform and participate in the festival. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Sunday. Free.
Tangipahoa Parish Fair
Friday - Sunday, October 5 - 7
 "The Oldest Fair in the State". Great food, live music and family fun for all ages. Tangipahoa Fairgrounds at 400 Reid Ave. in Amite

Celebracion Latina at the Zoo 
Sunday, 10/7 only from 10am-5pm. 
Performances, activities, authentic cuisine for sale. 
Event included with zoo admission or membership.

Scout Island Scream Park opens
Open all through October
Tickets start at $15, but $5 off with Coke can/bottle.

Fall Garden Festival 
22nd anniversary of the festival at New Orleans City Park
$10 for adults and $5 for ages 5-12 at the Botanical Garden both Sat and Sun.

Gleason Classic
"World's Longest 5K" plus yoga and Twerk-Out with Big Freedia on Sat at Team Gleason House at St Margart's in Mid-City.
$55 day-of registration.

Que Pasa Fest
Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month.
Lafreniere Park
Admission is free.

Muffuletta Festival
The 2nd Annual Muffuletta Festival will promote and preserve the legacy of that iconic New Orleans sandwich on Sunday, October 7, 2018 at Nor-Joe Imports in Metairie.

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