The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation presents a brand-new festival in December to celebrate the history of Faubourg Tremé as a hotbed of New Orleans' musical and culinary culture.
The very first annual Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival takes place on Saturday, December 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., in the parking lot of the new Jazz & Heritage Center (formerly the Tharp-Sontheimer-Laudumiey Funeral Home) at 1225 North Rampart Street.
Admission is free, and the line-up is full of outstanding New Orleans musicians:
|9:45 a.m||The Heritage School of Music All-Stars|
|11:00 a.m.||Davis Rogan|
|12:30 p.m.||The Tremé Brass Band|
|2:00 p.m.||Shannon Powell Quartet|
|3:30 p.m.||Shamarr Allen
|5:00 p.m.||John Boutté, Leroy Jones, Paul Sanchez and Todd Duke|
In addition, two famous Creole chefs will demonstrate their secrets to making the perfect gumbo:
|11:45 a.m.||Chef Alfred Singleton (Dickey Brennan's Steakhouse)|
|1:15 p.m.||Chef Leah Chase (Dookey Chase Restaurant)|
Several of New Orleans' finest Creole restaurants will be on hand selling their own takes on gumbo and other local delicacies. Participating restaurants include Dookey Chase, Dunbar's Creole Cooking, Li'l Dizzy's and Olivier's Creole Restaurant.
The festival coincides with the third annual Jazz & Heritage Holiday Bazaar — a special sale of official Jazz Fest t-shirts, posters and other collectibles, plus locally made wearable art, jewelry and fine crafts for the home. The Jazz & Heritage Holiday Bazaar takes place in the Jazz & Heritage Gallery, 1205 N. Rampart Street. The Holiday Bazaar hours are 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 13, and noon to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 14.
For more information, please call (504) 558-6100 or visit the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation website. To learn about other upcoming community events, and to add your own event to our listings, see our community events calendar.