New Orleans: A Jazz & Food Heritage
Apart from the bevy of phenomenal musical acts at Jazzfest each year, folks from across the globe venture for this annual event to feast on a smorgasbord of delicious treats.
Key Lime Pie + Black Keys
As The Black Keys took the stage, petite key lime pies seemed to be the perfect complementary treat.
Strawberry Shortcake + Trombone Shorty
New Orleans native and internationally acclaimed trumpet player Trombone Shorty took the stage under sunny skies on the final day of Jazzfest, making this triple-sweet strawberry shortcake the perfect accompaniment.
Jazzfest takes place each year at the New Orleans Fairgrounds, which in its non-musical-festival incarnation is a horse racing track. Food stands are set up all over the grounds to ensure music lovers are able to get their fill while dancing along to the bands, trying a stint in the on-site tipi, or shopping for local art.
MIniature Pies + Phoenix
One of the most popular vendors is the Jazzfest-exclusive pie stand Mr. William's Pies. The handheld portions and wide variety of flavors has ensured that they are a daily sell-out item. The bean pie, a sweet, creamy treat, is a personal favorite of many.
Snoballs + Billy Joel
From "Uptown Girls" to out-of-town visitors, there is nothing that's more festival-ready than a snoball. Stuffed snoballs, those filled with ice cream, are a doubly indulgent frozen treat.
Some folks prefer to use a spoon on their snoballs, others just take a more direct approach.
Mango Freeze + WWOZ
WWOZ is a legendary local New Orleans radio station, and each year they sponsor the icy, gelato-meets-shaved-ice dessert the mango freeze. Its warm color and refreshing taste is not only a great stand alone treat, but the perfect palate cleanser between an alligator poboy and crawfish monica.
Fleet of Sweets + Fleetwood Mac
Chocolate eclairs, pecan brownies, and brown butter macaroons from local bakery stalwart Angelo's are on tap to sate festival goers through several Stevie Nicks encores.
Official Nut of Louisiana
If there was an official nut of Louisiana, it would most certainly be the mighty pecan. Sugary and addictive, glazed pecans (pee-cans, not peh-cahns) are equally great for snacking and gift giving.
Bread Pudding + B.B. King
Nothing is more New Orleans than a heaping helping of bread pudding, and the sticky-sweet version at Jazzfest is gooey enough to satisfy even the toughest bread pudding critic.
Fruit Punch + Patti Smith
Elaborate, sculpted signs loom large over the treat stands at Jazzfest, serving as whimsical beacons of deliciousness.
Cookie Sandwiches + Cowboy Mouth
Served out of a charming bicycle basket near the grandstands, ice cream cookies are able to whet the palate of even the pickiest eater.
Gelato + Hall & Oates
Let's face it, every Hall and Oates song probably sounds just a little bit better with a gelato-filled cookie sandwich in hand.