A Voodoo Fest Food Preview
October 25, 2016
The Voodoo Music + Arts Experience (Voodoo) will take place in City Park in New Orleans, Louisiana this Halloween weekend (October 28th- 30th). This year features music from headliners The Weeknd, Cage the Elephant, and Arcade Fire. Heading into its 18th year, Voodoo appears to be unveiling some major changes after major rains turned the venue into a marshland last year, resulting in a cancellation of the third and final day of the festival.
From upgraded facilities and fixing a drain ditch on the park grounds to the changing of the venue’s layout, the organizers of Voodoo are trying to present an improved experience for all attendees. This year will also feature a new entrance on Friedrich’s Avenue, allowing the festival to expand and place the “Forked Up” food court in an area lined with concrete to avoid muddy pits. Options for food have greatly increased as well. This year there will be a variety of food vendors that highlight traditional dishes of New Orleans and present an array of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free fare.
Here are some of our food recommendations:
The word “Boucherie” comes from an old tradition in southern Louisiana during which communities used gather at the beginning of difficult times of the year to make sure everyone has enough supplies (like meat) to last the cold months. Now Boucherie is the name of a New Orleans restaurant serving up fine dining to the people by embracing the traditions of its namesake and the food that inspires it.
Blue Oak BBQ
Founded by two New Orleans natives in 2012, Blue Oak BBQ is on a mission to put the city on the barbecue map. With heaven sent meats and sides, it is redefining the barbecue experience by mixing tradition, creativity, and a passion for the pit.
In 1952 Bud’s Broiler was started by Mr. Alfred “Bud” Saunders and became New Orleans’ first charcoal broiled hamburger and it’s still cooked the same way today. Bud started with a very good limited menu: hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries, pies, and his original recipe for what they call their “Own Hickory Smoke Sauce” which is the same recipe they use now.
For more than a decade, this family-operated company has continuously served up authentic Cajun recipes in the New Orleans Arena. Cajun Corner offers its famous fork-tender, smoked BBQ brisket on a sandwich, pizza, and fresh-squeezed Southern-style lemonade. Be sure to check out the gator po-boy.
Koz’s restaurant began as The Po Boy Bakery in Gentilly over 40 years ago serving comfort food and poboys. From bread pudding to gumbo to fried seafood, Koz’s has all those classic New Orleans dishes that you are dying to try.
Jambalaya Girl brings an authentic taste of New Orleans and family-inspired recipes to Voodoo. Drawing from her culinary heritage and her creation of a nationwide tailgating fundraiser after Hurricane Katrina, Kristen Preau aka “Jambalaya Girl,” created her brand initially from her dad’s jambalaya recipe. The menu is crafted with the finest ingredients and are specially blended by Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Magic Seasoning Blends.
Crêpes à la Cart
Crêpes à la Cart draws its inspiration from the artistry and decadence of a Parisian street-side crêpe cart, where each crêpe is a delicate and delectable work of art. Since 2004, this tiny corner crêperie with its open kitchen has been serving more than 50 varieties of sweet and savory crêpes.
Check out the full list of food vendors and more about Voodoo Fest.
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