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:
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.