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24th Annual French Market Creole Tomato Festival

Photo by Matt Rose / Times Picayune
Photo by Matt Rose / Times Picayune

The 24th Annual French Market Creole Tomato Festival is coming to New Orleans June 11-13, presented in conjunction with the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation's Cajun-Zydeco Festival and the Louisiana Seafood Festival.

The event kicks off Friday, June 11, at 10 a.m. with a parade led by the Treme Brass Band beginning at Washington Artillery Park in the French Quarter. It continues through the weekend with cooking demos, kids activities, and tons of live music.

The main music stage will be near the Farmer's Market at Governor Nicholls, with performances by the Preservation Hall Stars, Fredy Omar con su Banda, Sharon Martin & First Take, Thelonious Monk Institute/NOCCA Quintet, the Louis Prima Tribute Band and many more.

Each weekend morning begins with a second line led by the Storyville Stompers (Saturday) and the New Wave Brass Band (Sunday)from Washington Artillery Park down Decatur Street to the Farmers Market.

The 'OZ Outreach Krewe will be on hand, so stop by while you're at the Festival to renew your membership, ask questions about WWOZ or pick up a program schedule!



As is well known, people at first resisted eating this New World food because its membership in the nightshade family made it seem potentially poisonous, but it is now is an important element of many world cuisines. One medium-sized tomato or six cherry tomatoes is a good source of vitamin C and vitamin A (as carotene). The tomato, whose name comes ultimately from the Nahuatl language spoken by the Aztecs and other groups in Mexico and Central America, was another important contribution. When the Spanish conquered this area, they brought the tomato back to Spain. Because of its taste and spice that it can bring to a food, it is now widely used in any cuisine around the world like the foods being served at the Taste of Chicago, a festival known in Chicago.

Second Line

Hey OZ, is that Tremé Brass Band Second Line on Friday the 10th or Saturday the 11th? Ya'll got the date/day wrong here.

Old listing

Hi Eli,

This is actually the listing from last year. May I ask how you came across it?

Here is our updated page for this year:

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