Thursday, March 31, 2011

Fête Française

As we all know, springtime in New Orleans is full of outdoor festivals, but this Saturday is one of my favorites that flies under the radar. Each year Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans hosts Fête Française, which proudly honors New Orleans’ connection to French food, arts and culture. This year's theme is "April in Paris" - perhaps the only other city in the world where I would rather be living right now.

Last year's Fête Française was my first, and I was thoroughly impressed to say the least.  The food rivals some of the best festival eats around, and the chefs themselves were out there doing the dirty work. Justin Devillier was grilling oysters outside La Petite Grocery; Donald Link was turning out magical croque monsieurs that were worthy of being included in Rene's ham sandwich writeup; and I had my first introduction with Taceaux Loceaux. Tipsy French exchange teachers were serving up moules frites, and there were Nutella crepes for dessert.

Beside the food, there is Kronenbourg on draft, champagne cocktails, live music, crafts, and a silent auction featuring magnums of wine, a week long stay at a chalet in the French countryside, and much more.

Fête Française. It may not be Paris in April, but it's certainly the next best thing.


Anonymous said...

That is an insane food line-up. I am sold. Thanks for the heads up on this.

Rene said...

Editor's Note: The French vacation home is actually located in Turkmenistan and is only available from Jan. 3rd til Jan 8th. So please don't worry about bidding on it. Your dutiful bloggers will purchase it and report back on the ghoulash and borscht offerings.

Alex del Castillo said...

Definitely one of the best food fests around. I used to tell folks that even before my kids got into EB and I had to start a taco truck to pay for it ;-)

Leigh C. said...

Heh. I know who that photographer is in your first picture, too.

Fleurdelicious said...

I am soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo bummed I missed this. That's it, I'm finding a new job. Retail is ruining my life.