In New Orleans, food is entertainment. Here are picks from The Times-Picayune’s food team for eating and drinking events in the weeks ahead.
FRIDAY (April 7)
French Quarter Fest — The sprawling festival takes over the French Quarter all weekend with music and food from more than 70 local restaurants. Free admission.
SATURDAY (April 8)
French Quarter Fest — The festival continues. See above. Free admission.
SUNDAY (April 9)
French Quarter Fest — See above. Free admission.
Marche Creole — The monthly market at ArtEgg Studio (1001 S. Broad St.) has food, drinks, crafts and even livestock to meet. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Port City Pop-up — James Beard Award winning chef Allison Vines-Rushing (MiLa, Longbranch) brings back her port city-inspired pop-up dinner series to Jacques-Imo’s (8324 Oak St.). This month the menu focuses on spring vegetables. $45; $70 with wine. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
TUESDAY (April 11)
Passover Pop-Up — Emily Shaya, wife of chef Alon Shaya, hosts a passover pop-up dinner with Sugerman’s Bagels at Pret a Fete (1232 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.). Price includes wine. $40. 7 p.m.
THURSDAY (April 13)
Brews for Blues — NOLA Brewing (3001 Tchoupitoulas St.) hosts a party to benefit the New Orleans Police & Justice Foundation with music by The Iceman Special. The price includes jambalaya and unlimited beer. Crawfish also available for purchase. $30. 5-8 p.m.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
April 20 — Courtyard Brewery hosts the first Louisiana Hop Festival with beer from more than 10 Louisiana breweries. See louisianahopfest.com.
April 21 — Sippin’ in Seersucker at Canal Place, a night of art, music, food and drinks, benefits the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.
April 22 — Brunch Fest, which was rained out in March, comes to Crescent Park. The event benefits the Louisiana SPCA. See www.la-spca.org.
April 23 — Deanie’s Seafood in Bucktown holds its eighth annual Pinch a Palooza Festival with crawfish and music. See pinchapalooza.com.
April 26 — Alton Brown, the man who knows everything about food, brings his roadshow back to town.
May 1 — NOLA Crawfish Festival returns with music and mudbugs at Central City BBQ. See nolacrawfishfest.com.
May 13 — Crawfish Mambo returns to UNO with a cook-off and music.
May 13-14 — Veggie Fest, started in 1993, returns. It benefits the Humane Society of Louisiana.
May 25-28 — The New Orleans Wine and Food Experience returns for its 25th year.
Sept. 23-24 — Fried Chicken Festival returns with a larger space at Woldenberg Park.
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