NEW ORLEANS – In a city that seems to have an endless number of festivals, Beignet Fest is hoping to set itself apart from the pack.
It’s the first year for the fest, being held Oct. 8 from 10 a.m.-- 4 p.m., at Lafayette Square.
In addition to the traditional fried dough square topped with powdered sugar, there are also beignets stuffed with cochon, candied bacon, fish and oysters, and burger beignets just to name a few options.
More than 15 restaurants are participating in the fest, and proceeds will the newly-established Tres Doux Foundation, which means “very sweet,” in French.
Well-known food institutions like Cafe’ Maspero, Royal House, and The Ruby Slipper are competing in different categories including most original beignet and crowd favorite, which will be judged via social media response to the unique creations.
– Café Beignet: Traditional Beignets
– Café Maspero: Beignet Fries
– Café Reconcile: Fried Chicken and Beignets with Hot Maple Syrup
– Fulton Alley: Shrimp & Corn Maque Choux Beignets
– Girls Gone Vegan Bakery: Baked Gluten Free Donuts - Maple, Chocolate, Cinnamon Sugar, Birthday Cake, Blueberry and Banana Nut
– Howlin’ Wolf Den: Bacon Cheddar Beignets with Chipotle Crema
– Legacy Kitchen: Crawfish Beignets
– Loretta’s Pralines: Praline Beignets, Crabmeat Beignets, a Burger Beignet
– Luca Eats: Oreo Beignets
– New Orleans Coffee and Beignet Company: Traditional Beignets, Chocolate Beignet Bites, Traditional Beignet Bites
– New Orleans Ice Cream Company: Café au Lait & Beignets Ice Cream Cone, Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Cone
– Royal House: Fish Beignets, Oyster Beignets
– The Ruby Slipper: Cochon Beignets, Bananas Foster Beignets, Candied Bacon Beignets with Praline Sauce
– Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar: Boudin Stuffed Beignets
– Ye Olde College Inn: Fried Bread Pudding PoBoy “Beignet”
Along with food, the fest plans to have local performers including Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Los Po-Boy-Citos and others. For the complete list of vendors and performers, click here.
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