RAIN OR SHINE!
City Park Festival Grounds
1701 Wisner Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70124
September 2-4, 2016
Attendance Figures Released for the 2014 Louisiana Seafood Festival
NEW ORLEANS, La. (October 16, 2014) – The Louisiana Hospitality Foundation, in conjunction with the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board, has released the attendance figures for the 2014 Louisiana Seafood Festival. The Foundation hosted over 55,000 people throughout the three-day event, which was a 22% increase from the previous year. The event was promoted as a “rain or shine” festival, and guests continued to flow in and out of City Park’s Festival Grounds in New Orleans, enjoying a combination of beautiful, summer-like weather mixed with a few scattered rain showers each day.
“Our anticipated attendance for 2014 was 60,000 people and we were really close. We are truly pleased with the turn out, especially with so many choices of places for people to go at this time of year,” said Tony Abadie, Foundation Executive Board Member and Director of Catering and Events, Hilton New Orleans Riverside. “Our festival’s growth is energizing! We are extremely thankful to our sponsors and partners such as Louisiana Seafood who have helped us grow from a block party on Fulton Street to one of the biggest events hosted in Louisiana in the fall. Our 2015 plans are already underway for an even bigger festival next year.”
Other Festival Highlights:
Guests at the 2014 event were treated to musical performances by national recording artists Gin Blossoms, Pat Green, Drivin N Cryin, and Marc Broussard, as well as local favorites such as Flow Tribe, Eric Lindell, Deadeye Dick and many others.
Thousands of servings of Louisiana Seafood were devoured from 22 food vendors throughout the weekend, many of which were topped with a dash of TABASCO® Brand Pepper Sauce.
An Oktoberfest-themed beer garden sat in the center of the festival grounds, providing shelter from the sun and rain with 20 cold brews on tap for VIP guests. The draught selection featured select styles from Abita Brewing Company (Abita, Louisiana) and Tin Roof Brewing Co. (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) amongst others.
Many scouted seats in the WWL-TV Cooking Pavilion to catch a glimpse of celebrity chefs including Chef John Besh as they cooked up Louisiana Seafood dishes during cooking demonstrations each day.
Consumers were asked to vote for their favorite dish served at the fest via the Louisiana Seafood Festival smartphone app, and the majority chose the Original Charbroiled Oysters from Drago’s Seafood Restaurant as this year’s winner.
The Foundation hosted a raffle and gave away $10,000 cash to one lucky winner, who happened to be from New Orleans.
The University of New Orleans – Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration department conducted a consumer survey, and additional details including attendance demographics will be available at a later date.The Foundation plans to release 2015 Louisiana Seafood Festival dates next spring.
2014 Festival Sponsors:
- Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board– Title Sponsor
- New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau
- City of New Orleans
- Abita Beer
- Bud Light
- Miller Lite
- Tin Roof
- New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation
- Jim Beam
- Louisiana Kitchen & Culture Magazine
- Offbeat Magazine
- Where Y’at Magazine
- Gambit Weekly
About Louisiana Hospitality Foundation
Founded in 2006, the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation facilitates the efforts of the hospitality industry to improve Louisiana in a variety of ways and to provide support for the education, health and social welfare of children in the community. The Foundation works to focus the combined strength of the Louisiana hospitality industry, maximizing its ability to measurably improve the communities it serves. Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed over $1 million in support of its mission. Follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LouisianaHospitalityFoundationand on Twitter at https://twitter.com/lahospfound or for more information visit http://www.louisianahospitalityfoundation.org.
About Louisiana Seafood Festival:
The Louisiana Seafood Festival celebrates Louisiana’s extraordinary local cuisine. Starting with
everything fresh from the water, famous local chefs are cooking up shrimp, oysters, crawfish, crab, fish and alligator. Mouth-watering choices – grilled, boiled, fried and barbecued – create a seafood festival feast! The event is free and open to the public, and features live music, an art market, and food from some of the state’s most renowned restaurants and caterers. This annual event continues to serve fun and food to both locals and visitors. All proceeds from the festival benefit the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation, a 501c3 organization. Visit www.LouisianaSeafoodFestival.com for updated information. Follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LASeafoodFestival and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/LASeafoodFest. Download the smartphone app, available for iPhone and Android.