Oysters and music – is there anything better?
Okay, maybe a little local education as well…
While some might argue, those of us who don’t are sure to be in New Orleans this June 3-4 for the New Orleans Oyster Festival in Woldenberg Park. Join in the celebration, enjoy some fantastic music, and slurp your way through this free-to-the-public, two-day celebration of all things mollusk in the “Oyster Capital of America”.
While you certainly don’t have to eat your oysters raw, that certainly is an option at this annual event. Nearly two dozen area restaurants will also offer a wide variety of different oyster preparations during the event: Oysters Rockefeller, oyster po’ boys, oyster tacos, and even grilled oysters are just some of the alternative options.
During this event, there will be information offered about the benefits of eating from the Louisiana Gulf. Fundraising for the state’s coastal restoration will also be a priority.
Live entertainment begins at 10:30 a.m. both days, and continues throughout the day on the event stage. This year, the event is proud to feature on the Main Stage:
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.: Pochartrain Wrecks
12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.: P&J Oyster Shucking Contest
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Billy Iuso & Restless Natives
2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.: Mike Doussan Band
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Bonerama
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: Flow Tribe
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Gospel Performance
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Acme Oyster Eating Contest
1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.: Luke Winslow King
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: The Mulligan Brothers
4:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.: Brass-A-Holics
6:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: Bag of Donuts
The Cooking Demonstration Stage features chef demos from late morning until early afternoon when Brass Bands take over and play into the evening. There are also non-food vendors to check out: oyster- and non-oyster-inspired offerings will be available from a variety of crafters and sellers.
So come on out to NOLA this June and join us for some oyster-loving fun!