NEW ORLEANS, La. (September 2, 2014) – The Louisiana Hospitality Foundation and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board are excited to announce details regarding the 2014 Louisiana Seafood Festival, a celebration of Louisiana’s seafood heritage and most famous cuisine, our fresh and flavorful seafood. The three-day festival will again be hosted RAIN OR SHINE at City Park’s Festival Grounds in New Orleans from Friday, October 10th through Sunday, October 12th:
Dates and Times
Friday, October 10, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 11, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 12, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
An exciting music lineup including a mix of genres has been secured to appeal to both locals and visitors.
Friday, October 10:
John Lisi & Delta Funk
Kristin Diable & The City
Deep Fried 5
Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes
Saturday, October 11:
Honey Island Swamp Band
Drivin N Cryin
Sunday, October 12:
Cajun Brunch with Waylon Thibodeaux
Paul Varisco & The Milestones with Luther Kent
Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen
The 2014 festival will offer menus from some of Louisiana’s best restaurants and caterers, each featuring Louisiana seafood products.
2014 Food Vendors
The Blue Crab
Drago’s Seafood Restaurant
Red Fish Grill
Woody’s Fish Tacos
Attendees will enjoy live music all three days, culinary demonstrations from noted Louisiana chefs and seafood education sessions in a special pavilion, all free for the whole family. Festival features include:
• Three Days of Live Music
• Celebrity Chef Cooking Demonstrations inside a covered pavilion
• An Oktoberfest-themed Beer Garden
• A Kid’s Tent featuring fun, seafood-themes activities from the Louisiana Children’s Museum
• An Arts Village showcasing gifts, décor and more
• Food and Beverages including water, sodas, beer, specialty cocktails and frozen daiquiris
• Free Admission—bring your friends and family!
The festival is produced by the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to facilitate 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.
“We are excited to continue hosting this incredible free festival in New Orleans,” said Tony Abadie, Event Chairman, Foundation Executive Vice President and Director of Catering and Events at Hilton New Orleans Riverside. “Last year, over 45,000 people attended our festival, and we are prepared to serve an even larger crowd this year. We look forward to growing this event at City Park’s Festival Grounds. We are continually working with sponsors like Louisiana Seafood to create an enhanced festival experience and provide some of the most delicious food in the world. Make plans now to join us in October!”
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
“As the chief of Louisiana tourism, I know that seafood is one of the biggest draws to our state,” Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne said. “That’s why the Louisiana Seafood Festival is so important—it keeps Louisiana Seafood at the top of the list for quality, freshness and abundance, and I’m proud to support this festival along with Chef John Folse and the rest of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board.”
According to previous Louisiana Seafood Festival attendee surveys conducted by the University of New Orleans’ Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Administration program have shown that people come from all over the world for this event. This year, the festival has partnered with the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation for a sweepstakes contest where someone can win a free trip to New Orleans for the Louisiana Seafood Festival. The last day to enter the sweepstakes is 3:00 pm CST on Wednesday, September 10, 2014.
The Free Trip to New Orleans Includes:
• Round trip airfare for two to New Orleans
• Three nights at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside
• VIP access for two to the festival
• Seating for two at the chef’s table during a celebrity chef cooking demo
• Lunch for two at Drago’s Seafood Restaurant
• A year’s supply of Evamor Water
• Round trip ground transportation between hotel and airport
• Go to neworleansonline.com to enter to win!
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/LouisianaHospitalityFoundation 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.
A complete listing of the 2014 music lineup and food vendors can be viewed at www.LouisianaSeafoodFestival.com. Additional announcements will be made in coming weeks.