The Festival Overview

On April 4-5, 2009, the 1st Annual Louisiana RoadFood Festival will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, from 11 am to 7 pm. The RoadFood Festival is the creation of a countrywide team of foodies including Jane and Michael Stern of Gourmet Magazine and “The Splendid Table” and Stephen Rushmore Jr., the visionary creator of Roadfood.com and RoadfoodDigest.com. The festival brings unique and delicious dishes from sixteen revered eateries all over Louisiana into the heart of New Orleans, thereby reminding both locals and visitors of the outstanding food specialties to be discovered throughout the state.

Sixteen different restaurants will be cooking food that best represents the diverse regions of the Louisiana Culinary Trails. The RoadFood Festival’s restaurant tents will line four city blocks, the 300-600 blocks of Royal Street, in the French Quarter. Each booth will sell specialties of one of the great restaurants of the state’s diverse regions.

The two-day festival coordinates with the Annual Oyster Jubilee on Bourbon Street, which takes place on Saturday morning, April 4th, 2009. The two events will be linked by a traditional 2nd line Parade from Oyster Jubilee’s “World’s Longest Po-boy” to Royal Street, the site of the Louisiana RoadFood Festival.

A portion of profits from the 1st annual RoadFood Festival will benefit Cafe Reconcile, a non-profit enterprise located in the Central City neighborhood of New Orleans that provides job training in the hospitality and restaurant industries for the city’s at-risk youth.

Schedule of Events

Saturday April 4th, 2009

11 AM to 7 PM – Louisiana RoadFood Street Festival (300-600 blocks of Royal Street)

11 AM to 12:00 PM – Assembly of the world’s longest oyster Po-Boy (311 Bourbon Street)

12 PM – Take part in eating the world’s longest oyster Po-Boy

12:15 PM to 12:45 PM – Afterwards, join a traditional 2nd line parade to the Louisiana RoadFood street festival

6 PM to 10:30 PM – Roadfood.com Shrimp and crawfish boil party

Sunday April 5th, 2009

11 AM to 7 PM – Louisiana RoadFood Street Festival (300-600 blocks of Royal Street)

2 PM to 3:30 PM – An Afternoon with Jane and Michael Stern. A round-table with attending experts on edible Americana taking part and offering their experience and good-eats tips.

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