Foodie events fill the fall calendar in New Orleans. Here are some upcoming festivals, events, cookbook signings and more in September and October.
Mexican Independence Day. Cinco de Mayo celebrates a historic victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla, but Mexico’s Independence Day is September 16. It is the day Mexico declared its independence from Spain in 1810.
In New Orleans, there is a celebration of Mexican Independence Day at Felipe’s local Mexican taquerias. Its Fiesta Fest includes live music at three area restaurants on Friday, September 16. The Mid-City location at 411 N. Carrollton Ave. begins at 3 p.m. with Otro Quatro, followed by Ballet Folkforicio Vive Me Terra at 6:30 p.m. and La Tran-K Band at 7:30 p.m. The Vivaz Trio performs at 6215 S. Miro St. from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The French Quarter Felipe’s at 301 N Peters St. presents Fermin Ceballos from 5-8 p.m.
Donostia Supper Club. Chef Adam Mayer created the Txow Txow Modern Pintxos pop-up based on his time cooking and exploring in Spain. Currently, he is focusing on Donostia Supper Club, which draws on those Spanish flavors in a tribute to the gastronomic destination of San Sebastian. It has upcoming events at two locations, which are revealed to ticket buyers days before the event. There are BYOB dinners on September 19 and 20 and dinner with wine drinks on September 26 and 27.
Cook for a cause. The New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute Scholarship Fundraiser features dishes from alumni of the school’s culinary, baking, and pastry programs. There’s also drinks, music, and dancing at the event at NOCHI on Wednesday, September 21.
New Orleans’ fall calendar is jam-packed with events, from the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival and the Gretna Heritage Festival in October to t…
Melissa Clark. Melissa Clark, cookbook author and New York Times food columnist, recently published a cookbook based on using a pot or pan. Inspired by the pandemic, it’s all about making preparations simple. She’s doing a cooking demo and signing books at the Southern Food & Beverage Museum on Thursday, September 22. Chef Mason Hereford of Turkey and the Wolf provides snacks. (The two chefs have something else in common: Their two recent cookbooks were on deck in Madrid, the freighter that spilled 60 shipping containers into the Atlantic Ocean and saw another 80 crushed on board in January.)
donut party. The festival features sweet and savory donuts from more than 15 vendors in a day-long event at the City Park festival grounds on Saturday, September 24. Burgers, Praline Donuts from Loretta’s Authentic Pralines, Blackberry Cloud Donuts from Old School Eats and more. Musical programming includes the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Shamarr Allen, Imagination Movers and more.
Mister Mao advantage for VEGGI. Mister Mao, the “tropical truck stop” opened in Uptown last year, was recently named one of the 50 best new restaurants in the country by Bon Appetit. He is hosting a collaborative dinner on Sunday, September 25 to benefit VEGGI, a collective of Vietnamese farmers in New Orleans East. Participating chefs include Michael Gulotta (Mopho, Maypop), Nicole Mills (Peche), Mason Hereford and Phil Cenac (Turkey and the Wolf) and Sam Caruso (Laozi Ice Cream). The menu includes tuna tartare, squid ink fusilli with blue crab, turmeric pork belly and more, and tickets are $85.
Oktoberfest at the Faubourg. Brasserie du Faubourg is hosting an Oktoberfest celebration with live music, games and more. There are German-style beers on tap and dishes from Dat Dog, Fete au Fete, Southerns, Wolf’s Burgers and more. The festivities take place from noon to 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, September 24 and 25 and October 1 and 2.
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Oktoberfest at Urban South. Urban South’s Oktoberfest features five German-style beers, a mug-holding contest, a pretzel-eating contest, music, bratwurst, pretzels and southern food, Urban Smash and more the Saturday October 1.
National Fried Chicken Festival. There are over 30 vendors at the National Fried Chicken Festival on the grounds of UNO Lakefront Arena on October 1-2. The range of restaurants and pop-ups range from Afrodisiac in Gentilly to Wing Daddy in Dallas. (There are also vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free items.) Entertainment lineup includes Soul Rebels, Shamarr Allen, Sweet Crude, Water Seed, Mannie Fresh, Brass-a-holics, Chris Ardoin, Big 6 Brass Band and more .
Oktoberfest at Deutsches Haus. The Bayou St. John German Cultural Center hosts its annual Oktoberfest celebrations on October 7, 8, 14, 15, and 21-22. There’s a great selection of German beers, wines and schnapps, a Schnauzer parade, oompah music and more. There’s German food, from schnitzel plates to street food, including bratwursts and weisswursts on pretzel buns.
Crescent City Blues and BBQ. The annual Jazz & Heritage Foundation Festival fills Lafayette Square with music, barbecues, an art market and more from October 14-16. There are over a dozen food vendors, including Central City BBQ, Gonzo’s Smokehouse & BBQ, and Walker’s BBQ. The musical lineup includes Charlie Musselwhite, Robert Finley, Kenny Neal, Ruthie Foster, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Mia Borders and more.
Honey Dripper Juke Joint. Chef and farmer Matthew Raiford focuses on the food habits and culture of the Gullah-Geechee people at his farm on the Georgian coast. He and Tia Raiford present the Honey Dripper ’84 Juke Joint, an immersive experience at the Southern Food & Beverage Museum on October 15. The event features food from the Raifords, music from Skip McDonald, art from Gavin Jones, a pool table and Suite. The menu highlights the kinds of dishes one might have found in an old Southern juke joint, including pulled pork, fried chicken, meatloaf sandwiches, catfish and more. Tickets are $50 through the museum’s website.
Gourmet Night. The Alliance Française de La Nouvelle-Orléans is hosting a fundraiser celebrating French cuisine at Commander’s Palace on Wednesday, October 26. French Consul Nathalie Beras will attend the reception-style food and wine pairing event, and the music is sponsored by the New Orleans Jazz Museum. Tickets are $95 and up.
best tacos. The tasting event at Parc Lafrenière in Metairie on Thursday, October 27 features creative and traditional tacos and cocktails. There is also a section for barbecued tacos. There’s a costume contest and entertainment by James Andrews and the Crescent City Allstars, Otra and Muevelo.