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Everything to Eat at This Year’s Bayou Boogaloo

More than 20 vendors will be slinging crawfish beignets, alligator sausage, chargrilled oysters, and more on Bayou St. John, May 20-22

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Bayou St. John is filled with people on floaties and in rafts and kayaks for Bayou Boogaloo
20 vendors are set for Bayou Boogaloo, which takes place along Bayou St. John May 20-22.
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New Orleans is at least halfway through its highly-anticipated return festival season, one that kicked off with Hogs for the Cause and recently hit its zenith with the food frenzy that is Jazz Fest. Up next is Mid City Bayou Boogaloo, May 20-22, a three day festival of music, art, and food that takes place along the banks of Bayou St. John, and this year, literally on it (there’s a floating stage for the first time). Still to come after that are food and drink-centered events like NOWFE, Top Taco, and Tales of the Cocktail, among others.

While some are disappointed that everyone who attends Bayou Boogaloo must have a ticket this year, including those on their own vessels on the water, there’s at least one significant upgrade to look forward to — more and better food options. At least 20 vendors will be on site, ranging from classics like Clesi’s to exciting additions like Jamaican Jerk House. Below, your guide to everything to eat at the 16th Bayou Boogaloo this weekend:

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4 of Us Catering: Crawfish nachos; fried fish and bacon po’ boy; fried shrimp po’ boy; crawfish gumbo

Ajun Cajun: Yakiniku po’ boy; catfish po’ boy; soft shell crab po’ boy

Any O’Cajun: Chicken and sausage jambalaya (gluten-free); crawfish beignets; crawfish mac n’ cheese; crab sliders; corn and crawfish bisque

Bub’s Burgers: Smash burger; veggie patty; shoestring fries

Clesi’s: Boiled crawfish; dirty rice

Da GM’s Smoke & Soul BBQ: Smoked wings; smoked garlic mushrooms; loaded bowls; barbecue ribs

Dat Dog: Alligator sausage dog; duck sausage dog; veggie Italian dog; and beef chili dog

Empanola: Crawfish etouffée, beef Argentina, chicken Peruvian, pepperoni pizza, spinach and artichoke, or yellow curry (vegan) empanadas

Ideal Market: Carne asada, crawfish, or birria tacos; elotes Loco (gluten-free); chorizo on a stick

Jamaican Jerk House: Jamaican jerk chicken or pork; oxtails

J’s Seafood Dock: Chargrilled oysters; shrimp and grits; oysters Creole

Keyala’s Pralines: New Orleans pralines; candied pecan halves; pecan bread pudding

Mid City Pizza: Pepperoni, cheese, and veggie pizza

Nola Snow Snowballs: Cream or sugar-free sno-balls

Old School Eats: Bacon maple fried chicken beignet slider; blackberry cloud beignets; traditional beignets

Quintin’s Ice Cream: Blueberry coconut sherbet, mango sorbet; six flavors of ice cream

Soulé Cafe: Soule spring rolls; beignet fries; bread pudding fries; meatless red beans and rice; honey cornbread muffin

Southerns: Southerns fried chicken sandwich; Nashville hot chicken sandwich

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