The cold temperatures didn’t stop New Orleans Annual Oak Street, Po-boy Fest. People came out in full force to eat and try all types of Po-boy creations. The menus include everything from the traditional shrimp Po-boy to fried eggplant Po-boy. The festival brings out restaurants and food trucks alike to create the most outrageous Po-boy ideas.
“I love Po-boy Fest, it’s the chance to try and eat all different kinds of Po-boy and hear some good old New Orleans music,” said local resident Genevieve Wilson.
The ideas include soft shell crab Po-boy, lamb stuffed Po-boy, pulled pork, blackened catfish, and even a Po-boy called the Godfather. The restaurants and food trucks were numerous and the chiefs were judged in categories like Pork, Game and Seafood options; however the tradition favorites weren’t left out of the judging.
The food wasn’t the only drawn to the Oak street Fest. The crowd was treated to live on stage music and a local art market. The fest had multiple stages step up, and festivalgoers were treated to a lineup of Johnny Sketch and the Dirty notes, Tank and the Bangas, Dave Jordan Band and Rebirth Brass Band. There were also local merchant sell items like jewelry and art and crafts. There is a little bit of everything for everyone at this fest and it brings out the crowds in droves.
“I come out every year to enjoy the music and the atmosphere in my city,” said local festival goer, Malcolm William.
Some of the Oak Street, Po-boy Festival winners were for Best Beef: La Casita’s slow braised brisket with Pico del Gallo, salsa Verde and torched Monterey Jack cheese. The winner for Best Pork: Blue Oak BBQ’s Kung Pao Pork and Best ‘Gamey’: Mahony’s roasted lamb shoulder. Some other winner’s were Best Specialty Seafood: Trenasse’s Louisiana catfish meunière with smoked tomatoes, Best Traditional Shrimp: Gattuso’s fried shrimp and the ‘What tha…’ Award: Red Fish Grill’s Uptown surf and turf (catfish and hot sausage)
Local resident Thomas Sylvian speaks about what the fest means to him.
This is the ninth year of the Oak Street, Po-boy Fest and is usually held in November. The festival is free and features multiple version of the New Orleans favorite. It was located on Oak Street, between Carrolton Ave and Eagle Street. The festival lasted until the evening. For more information, call (504) 524-8843 or check out the festival’s website at www.poboyfest.com.