RAIN OR SHINE!
City Park Festival Grounds
1701 Wisner Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70124
September 2-4, 2016
Event Saw Record Attendance in City Park
NEW ORLEANS, La. (October 25, 2013) – Producing the Louisiana Seafood Festival turned out to be months of hard work that was necessary to move the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation’s largest fundraiser to a bigger venue inside City Park in New Orleans. The park had only hosted a few large events in the new space, so there was a high learning curve for logistics and consumer safety planning. The larger venue was necessary to host a 100% increase in festival vendors and desired consumer attendance compared to the prior year. It proved to be a huge success!
“We are extremely pleased with the results from the 2013 Louisiana Seafood Festival,” said Tony Abadie, Event Chairman, Foundation Executive Vice President and Director of Catering and Events at New Orleans Hilton Riverside. ““We greatly enjoyed being one of the first large events in the new space at City Park. We take pride in being able to keep the festival a free event, and are extremely thankful to our sponsors and media partners for helping to keep it this way, especially Louisiana Seafood. Highlighting our state’s culinary bounty is what it’s all about. And raising money to give back to the children of our community.” 2014 dates have not yet been announced.
The event, which was held in the new City Park Festival Grounds on October 11, 12 and 13, drew crowds from near and far. Consumer surveys and entry clicks were used to develop attendance figures of nearly 45,000 guests throughout the weekend, with the biggest draw on Sunday when big-named acts such as Better than Ezra and John Papa Gros Band performed. Although the prior year events didn’t employ clicks to acquire attendance figures, the on-site sales showed the growth in 2013 to be approximately 12% from 2012.
Information gathered from guests showed that many locals from around south Louisiana attended, as well as visitors from across the US and as far as Canada and Japan! (More information on the consumer surveys will become available in coming months. The survey results are being organized by faculty of the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration at the University of New Orleans.)
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 nearly $1 million in support of its mission. Follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LouisianaHospitalityFoundation or for more information visit http://www.louisianahospitalityfoundation.org.