The French Market Creole Tomato Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana is a tradition that happens every year in June. The festival is always held on the second weekend in June and will be held on June 7-8, 2014 this year. The festival will debut the new season of creole tomatoes that are used in many creole dishes in southern Louisiana. The festival also celebrates the farmers, chefs, and the unique cuisine of southern Louisiana that the state is well known for.
The creole tomato has its own unique flavor, which makes it a must have for the many famous chefs in New Orleans to create their own famous dishes. The creole tomato originates from West Indies and thrives in the rich Louisiana soils along the Mississippi River.
The French Market Creole Tomato Festival provides the freshest creole tomatoes of the season and also other entertainment such as booths offering sample of the savory creole tomatoes, food booths, booths featuring creole tomatoes and other fresh vegetables for sale, cooking demonstrations, live music and the traditional creole tomato parade.
The food booths at the French Market Creole Tomato Festival have lots of dishes ready for visitors featuring creole tomatoes, of course! Some of the favorite dishes include fried green tomatoes, Bloody Marys made with creole tomatoes, crawfish pies, crepes, salads, and even blooming onions served on a bed of creole tomatoes.
The premiere event at the festival for the famous chefs of New Orleans is the auctioning off of the first picked creole tomatoes of the season. The festival also features life size tomatoes strolling along in the area handing out hand held fans shaped like a tomato.
The French Market is the perfect setting for the annual festival, as it first appeared in the city back in 1791 and maintains the status of New Orleans’ first marketplace. Today the French Market also hosts a variety of fresh foods, a tourist center, dining opportunities, shops, festivals and even concerts on the weekends.
The French Market Creole Tomato Festival is held at the French Market located at 1008 St. Peters Street, New Orleans, La. 70116. Parking is provided with a fee.
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