New Orleans — The Louisiana Seafood Festival at Woldenberg Riverfront Park continues today and Sunday under a forecast of sunny skies and highs in the mid- to upper-80s.
Locally harvested oysters, shrimp, fish, crabs and other delicacies are the stars of the event in dishes served by 18 restaurants and vendors.
Prices for seafood dishes range from $4 to $8. Festivalgoers can chow down on everything from Wahoo tacos and alligator sausage on the lower end of the price range, to bacon-wrapped shrimp and grits, crawfish and spinach boats, truffled seafood salad and oyster and Brie po-boys at the upper end.
At two stages, the music line-up features more than 20 bands, packed with many local favorites including Cyril Neville, Washboard Chaz Blues Trio and Papa Gros Funk. The bands kick off at 11 a.m. lasting until 10 p.m. today and until 8 p.m. Sunday.
At the Louisiana Seafood Pavilion, 14 local chefs, seven each day, will give cooking demonstrations, teaching technique and revealing some of their secrets. Also at the pavilion, festgoers will have the opportunity to purchase fresh seafood products and have them home-delivered.
Shoppers can find original, locally made arts and crafts, many seafood-themed, at more than 20 vendor stands.
The Children’s Museum Pavilion will host a special children’s area with hands-on activities and educational programs.
Admission to the event is free. The title sponsor of the festival is Louisiana Seafood, joined by Miller Lite as the official beer and Tabasco as the official hot sauce.