Creole Tomato Festival in New Orleans – schedule, tips

The Creole Tomato Festival kicks off today (June 7) at the French Market and goes through Sunday night. This is the perfect time to get free samples of the famous creole tomato.

The entrance to the French Market has been transformed for the Creole Tomato Festival. (photo by Carlie Kollath Wells/New in NOLA)

The entrance to the French Market has been transformed for the Creole Tomato Festival. (photo by Carlie Kollath Wells/New in NOLA)

The festival has food vendors, cooking demonstrations and a tomato eating contest. We’re heading out Sunday so we can see the contest at 1. Interesting demo Saturday – creole tomato cupcakes at 4 p.m.

The French Market said each cooking demo has  2-oz samples for the first 100 people. The tomato sample station is at Dumaine Street. The fest also has cute tomato-shaped paper fans it’s giving away at the festival. The people in tomato costumes (photo opp!) have the fans and will give you one if you ask.

Remember, bring cash if you want to buy anything. Plus, if you spend $30 this weekend, you get a free bag of creole tomatoes. Via FrenchMarket.org:

creole tomato offer

What you need to know about the fest:

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Tickets for the beer fest (previous coverage) are $40 and get you:

  •  a commemorative sampling mug
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  • access to beer seminars such as Cooking with Beer, Food Pairings, How to Brew Beer and other beer education sessions.
  • live music
  • fun games like corn hole

Then, be prepared for Brooklyn Brewery’s events the next week.

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CSA means “community supported agriculture,” a popular concept in which those who invest in the farmer at the beginning of the season get a weekly box of vegetables from the farm. The CSFs are “community supported fisheries.”

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