festivals

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Joe DeSalvo, Jr., and Rosemary James about 27 years of Faulkner House Books and 20 years of Words and Music: A Literary Feast in New Orleans

On this week's edition of All Things New Orleans, we'll chat with Miriam Arkin and Casey Coleman, of Court 13 Arts, about their upcoming Always for Pleasure Festival.  Then, Jessica Rosgaard returns with Richard Campanella to discuss his CityScapes column for nola.com/The Times Picayune. 

And, the Green Project's Catherine Crowell talks "all things reuseable" as we approach America Recycles Day on November 15th. 

St. Augustine Church

Despite the lingering summer weather, fall festival season has arrived. And this weekend kicks off with the Treme Fall Festival. Music and art will fill the streets of the Treme for this fundraiser to benefit the restoration of the neighborhood's historic St. Augustine Church. NolaVie's David Benedetto speaks with some of the organizers and sends us this preview.

Infrogmation of New Orleans

Festival season will be here before we know it, and for residents of Mid-City, that means rolling with a boat parade at the annual Bayou Boogaloo Festival in May. Jared Zeller joined NolaVie’s Brian Friedman in the studio for a sneak preview of the aquatic music festival.    

Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by Brian Friedman.

NOLA Disability Pride Festival

On March 25, there will be a new festival rolling into town. It's the NOLA Disability Pride Festival, which is a one-day celebration for the disability community of Greater New Orleans. NolaVie's Kelley Crawford spoke with two of the festival's founding organizers, Jane Rhea Vernier of the Quirky Citizens Alliance, and Pamela Fisher of the Advocacy Center.

A dark roux, country style chicken and andouille gumbo from Brocato's Catering in New Orleans.
Ian McNulty

No dish in New Orleans is more Creole than gumbo. And, appropriately enough for that Creole identity, there’s no single answer to just how it should taste and what can go into the pot.

This has been on my mind because this weekend a veritable dream team of New Orleans Creole eateries will serve more than a dozen versions of gumbo at the Treme Creole Gumbo Festival (see full details below).

Phil Roeder / Flickr

The first ever Beignet Fest is coming to Lafayette Square on October 8, and apart from gourmet beignets and great music, the festival’s cause provides even one more reason to come out and spread the powdered sugar. Founders Amy and Sherwood Collins started the festival as a way to support programs for individuals on the autism spectrum.

Sherwood joins NolaVie’s Brian Friedman in the studio for a behind-the-scenes look at Beignet Fest 2016.  

Fried chicken from McHardy's Chicken & Fixin' in New Orleans.
Ian McNulty

Fried chicken gets people fired up, and I don’t just mean hungry. But why? I’ve done some digging, and some digging in, and I’ve found a few reasons, beyond the simple fact that it’s delicious.

The timing is important. Fried chicken is top of mind in New Orleans right now because this Sunday, Sept. 25, the new Fried Chicken Festival debuts downtown, in Lafayette Square. 

Rafael Saddy
Rafael Saddy / Nicaraguan Association of Louisiana

 The 6th annual Kenner Hispanic Fest is June 11th and 12th.  “You’re going to find Hondurans, you’re going to find folks from the Caribbean, you’re going to find folks from Central America, and from the U.S.” said Rafael Saddy, event coordinator of the Nicaraguan Association of Louisiana (ANDELA).  “This festival’s purpose was to integrate not only the Hispanic community as one community but also share with the entire community to come in for a day of family fun, music, and food.”

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