Friday, April 23, 2010

Jazz Fest Food

When it comes to Jazz Fest, there are two kinds of people: those that go for the bands and those that go for the food. Place us in the latter category. Every festival goer has his/her favorite foods (mine meat pies for me, cochon de lait po-boy for Peter), and chefs are no different. This article in the Jazz Fest Bible put out by offBEAT Magazine, gives you a chef's eye view to eating right on da grounds.

The food at Jazz Fest is so extensive and diverse that one would need to attend everyday in order to try it all. But if you had to pick just a few things to eat at the Fair Grounds, what would they be? Is crawfish bread really worth waiting in line for? What's the most underrated food available? Is there anything wrong with just drinking Miller Lite all day and baking in the sun? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Whatever you are eating this weekend, remember to bring your pancho because it looks like it's going to be a wet one.

9 comments:

Julia said...

My first order of business upon arriving at Jazz Fest is getting a paneed chicken po-boy for myself, crawfish bread for my husband and a couple of beers.

Becky said...

Seriously, have you ever heard one single person order a chaurice poboy?

I like to take gin, as I feel it's the most versatile Jazz Fest mixer. My Jazz Fest intake usually consists of three or four strawberry ginballs, a couple rosegin teas, some Roman Candy, and something from the Bennachin stand. It works for me.

Rene said...

Becky,

The Chicken Fricasse (Chicken on a Stick as opposed to stewed chicken) from Bennachin is secretly one of the best things out there. Juicy chicken, a sprinkling of seasonings, and reggae in the background from Congo Square.

Guess the secret is out.

flojindamesa said...

Soft-shelled crab po' boy with tartar sauce and lemon juice + rose mint iced tea doctored with Maker's Mark and mint leaves that I sneak in. Schwing!

Becky said...

Rene - I don't think the secret is too out, as there's never a line. Another Bennachin/Congo Square plus is that it's near the snoball truck and a beer stand with relatively short lines for when my gin runs out.

Ryan Waldron said...

Check out my Thoughts on Jazz Fest food over at SeersuckerAndSazeracs.com

Ms. Aliza said...

My favorite would have to be the Quail and Phesent Gumbo (next to the soft shell poboy) or Cochon De Lait.

Other things I ate this weekend, crawfish Beignet, mango freeze, pulled pork, Crawfish Bread, Crawfish Monica, regular Beignet.. and lots of Rose Mint Tea (with the addition of firefly or run)

Anonymous said...

a new discovery this year:fried crabcake with a tomato aoli type of sauce on the side. wonderful!

MindyMoo said...

I tried the shrimp tacos (soft) from Taqueria Corona for the first time this year, and they were FABULOUS. Definitely add the fiery green sauce they offer. I liked them so much I had two, and that's unusual for me at JF.