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Faux/Real Fest Brings Loads of Fringe Culinary Events To Nola in November

Faux/Real Fest (the debut, rebranded Fringe Fest) hits New Orleans November 4-22 with a new culinary component.


The experimental theater fest formerly known as Fringe has expanded into the first ever Faux/Real Festival of Arts, landing in New Orleans on November 4-22.  With a new production team—headed by NOLA Defender, The NOLA Project's A.J. Allegra, and Cure Co.'s Neal Bodenheimer, among others— also comes a brand new emphasis on culinary events of the unorthodox nature.

While Faux/Real's line up is still being finalized, the culinary component includes plans for two cocktail competitions—including a 'barlesque' competition at Barrel Proof— a sausage competition, hamburger 'throw down,' bar and tap takeovers, tastings, pub crawls, dinner pop ups, and themed meals blending food and performance in a fringe manner. Meanwhile, a few confirmed cocktail events include:

  • November 11 - An evening of Italian Neo-Futurists cocktails presented by Cure Co.'s Kirk Estopinal.
  • November 15 - World's Largest Flip & Parlor Games of Ancient Greece by Felipe's Nathan Dalton.
  • Nov 12 - ScumBash: Craft cocktails from bottom shelf ingredients with punk rock karaoke by Tonique's Mark Schettler and 12 Mile Limit's T. Cole Newton
  • Faux/Real also plans to have a food truck corridor on St. Claude Avenue, which will operate Friday, Saturday, and Sunday outside the Healing Center with rotating trucks and food themes (ie. gumbo, oysters, and more).

    Expect a full schedule—including culinary, literary and theater offerings—to hit the official website and Facebook on October 2, with tickets available online October 15. A box office will also open in the Healing Center on November 1.

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