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Creole Time of Year: French Market Kicks Off the 2006 Tomato Season

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Entrance to the Creole Tomato Festival in the French Market

You may say “Tomato” or even “Tomaahto,” but in New Orleans we say Creoles. For just a few weeks each summer these oddly shaped but beloved delta-bred, red natives come to market and they are incredibly good eating by themselves, in a great salad or as part of some to-die-for Creole concoction.

To welcome Creoles back to the tables of South Louisiana, and to cook up some New Orleans style fun,the French Market Corporation down on Decatur Street in the French Quarter throws a terrific little one-day party- The Creole Tomato Festival - Saturday June 10 beginning at 11:00am. and running till 6 that evening.

No French Quarter event is complete until the music begins and the Creole Tomato Festival is no exception. Led by the 50-voices strong Shades of Praise Gospel Choir at noon, the music courses through 4 x 4 Jazz Band at 2:00 and Fredy Omar Con Su Banda at 4:30.

But Creoles have the center stage and rightly so when Chef-stars Horst Pfiefer of Bella Luna, Andrea Apuzzo of Andrea's, Donald Link of Herbsaint and Kevin Vizard of Vizard's demonstrate the finer points of cooking with these juiciest of juicy fruits. Food booths where samples of Creoles and Creole inspired dishes are served, will line the Farmers Market area. What's more, boxes and baskets of just-picked Creoles from the fields of Benny Becnel are for sale and French Market craft vendors and vegetable vendors and shop owers offer all sorts of other treasures besides.

The French Market - the oldest community market in the country - invites and encourages New Orleanians and visitors to "Come Back To The Heart of New Orleans."























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