Holy cow, JAZZ FEST! The Fest that occasionally plays Jazz! And also has food! The powers-that-be at New Orleans' most famous fess, held as always at the Fairgrounds (April 25-May4, have released the day-by-day details for this year, the ever-coveted "cubes" that tell fess-goers exactly when and where each act is playing. (Read about them on the music side here, here or here.) They've also released the list of food vendors. As for new additions, as Judy Walker notes: Carmo will be doing Brazilian street food including a cheese bread, Pao de Queijo, and black-eyed pea fritters called Acaraje with both a seafood/vegetarian sauce option available. Gambian Foods in Congo Square has a new spicy grilled tofu/veggies with peanut sauce. Plus, Lucky Dog and the Mandarin Orange Herbal Iced Tea are both back. Sad, very sad, news: The sweet potato turnovers and pies at Congo Square and the Creole stuffed breads are both taking a year off.
As always, the Fess also features lectures and cooking demos at the Cajun Cabin and Food Heritage stages, which is a great way to partake in a bite to eat for free (not too mention air-conditioning at the FH stage). Highlights include Poppy Tooker's red beans and rice callas and Donald Link's smothered chicken with ham & rice salad both at the Food Heritage stage, and Rob Bechtold's brisket burnt ends with crispy kale & homemade pickles and Isaac Toups' cracklins both at the Cajun Cabin stage. Plus lots more.
· New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival: Food [Official Site]
· New Orleans Jazz Fest food for 2014: What's in, what's out and What's Brazilian [NOLA.com]
· All Jazz Fest Coverage on Eater NOLA [-ENOLA-]
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