The seventh annual Treme Creole Gumbo Fest hits Armstrong Park this weekend (November 8-9, 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.) with free admission. Vendors will sling all things gumbo--from meaty variations to gumbo z'herbes--plus a huge lineup of brass bands, a new art market, print workshops and crafts for kids. But all eyes will again be on the ever-exotic and kind of weirdo VEGAN gumbo cook off, which was won last year by Miss Linda.
The competition is only open to festival vendors, Will Coviello notes, who will try their hand at creating something that passes for gumbo using "no meat in the pot, no animal products in the roux, no butter or dairy."
And Ian McNulty reports that "those who sample the vegan gumbo can vote on whose is worthy of the festival title" with winners announced Sunday evening. The vegan gumbo tastings will be available for $3, and regular bowls will set you back between $6 and $9.
Treme Creole Gumbo Festival
Louis Armstrong Park (701 N. Rampart)
November 8-9 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.