New Orleans Festival Season: Creole Tomato Festival

Grown in Plaquemines Parish, juicy Creole tomatoes are a South Louisiana delicacy found in many of the region's most famous dishes. Fry them or slice them when they are ripe, Creole tomatoes are the perfect summertime snack or side to any meal. In true New Orleans fashion, there is an entire festival dedicated to this special fruit: the Creole Tomato Festival

This year’s 31st Annual Creole Tomato Festival will be on Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11 in the historic French Market Festival hours are 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Admission is FREE and open to the public.

For 31 years, the Creole Tomato Festival has celebrated this unique Louisiana vegetable, which adds so much to so many local recipes. The festival is beloved by locals and visitors alike for its quaint and quirky traditions, such as life-sized tomatoes strolling the grounds handing out tomato shaped fans, and the auctioning off of the first tomatoes of the season to local chefs.

Along with fresh produce, festival goers may sample Bloody Marys, try tomato-based dishes or sign up to compete in a tomato-eating contest on Saturday (June 10) and Sunday at the festival, which stretches from St. Ann Street to Esplanade Avenue, along the river.

Along with the regular Farmers Market vendors, Ben & Ben Becnel's will sell tomatoes and produce near the Louisiana Cookin' Culinary Stage at Governor Nicholls. The festival uses Becnel's tomatoes for the Creole Tomato Eating Contest and for the festival cooking demonstrations.

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