Eat Up at the Treme Creole Gumbo Festival

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New Orleans and her fans know that few combinations are more satisfying than gumbo, brass bands and cooler temps, and that’s what the annual Treme Creole Gumbo festival serves up best, keeping it thematically simple but stellar in terms of its lineup of brass bands and food vendors.

The free festival returns to celebrate a decade of existence at Louis Armstrong Park on Saturday and Sunday, November 18-19, from 11 am to 7:15 pm on both days.

This year, the festival will hold its first ‘gumbosium’, a panel discussion on all things gumbo, which will include cooking demonstrations and food debates. Want to leanr how to make that perfect roux? Come here.

There will be 12 food vendors this year, including favorites like Miss Linda’s Soul Food and Dunbar’s Creole Cooking. As in past years, the festival will show off New Orleans’ staple stew in all its savory varieties (sample-size portions will be available), from gumbo z’herbes and dark roux to the vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan versions.

Usually, the festival includes traditional gumbo – seafood, chicken and andouille, file – plus non-traditional gumbos like smoked tofu and portobello vegan gumbo and vegan gumbo with okra, sweet potatoes, and black-eyed peas.

Check out the cooking demonstration stage, with scheduled gumbo-making demos by world-renowned chefs like Susan Spicer of Bayona, Mondo and Rosedale; and soul food queen Linda Green.

This festival is touted as the “New Orleans’ Premier Brass Band Showcase” for a good reason. “If you like your New Orleans jazz funky, punchy and hot, this is the place to be,” the event website proclaims. The lineup speaks for itself, with the Rebirth Brass Band headlining on Sunday, and Treme Brass Band, Soul Brass Band, Pinettes, Hot 8, and To Be Continued also playing.

The festival’s Arts Market is again merged with the Kids Area. The festival will feature over 30 Arts Market vendors, showcasing a mix of painting, photography, and mixed media, plus functional products like artistic textiles, handmade organic soaps, and pottery.

Free bicycle valet will be available on both days on festival grounds, courtesy of Bike Easy.

Are You Eating Enough Gumbo?

“First you make a roux…” Gumbo is synonymous with New Orleans, and everyone and their mama (especially their mama) will offer an opinion on how to make the best gumbo and who makes it best in the city (it’s usually the mama).

Luckily for us, many places in New Orleans make great gumbo. Anyone who lives here or visits can easily rattle off at least a few spots, high and low, where the gumbo is award-winning, and so special and delicious that trying it for the first time could go down forever as a life-changing experience.

Keeping in mind that every “Top Whatever Number of Best Gumbo in New Orleans” will always remain highly personal and incomplete, here are our current picks for best gumbo in the French Quarter.

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