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Jon Cleary, Stephanie Jordan and Paul Sanchez are among the artists featured at the French Market Creole Tomato Festival June 13 and 14. Now in its 29th year, the event highlights the short window in which the locally-grown tomatoes are available and the festival features cooking demonstrations, a Creole tomato eating contest and a Creole tomato parade, as well as live music.
This year, the Abita Beer main stage will be outside at the Old U.S Mint (400 Esplanade Ave.). Performances also take place at the Dutch Alley Performance Pavilion Stage and indoors at the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park Visitor Center.
Kicking off the event Saturday on the main stage is Paul Sanchez and Minimum Rage. Jordan, who is the daughter of New Orleans Jazz saxophonist Kidd Jordan, sings with her band Sunday afternoon. Other musical acts include the Honey Island Swamp Band, New Orleans Nightingales, Jon Cleary, Flow Tribe and 101 Runners, among others.
Admission to the festival is free, and festival-goers who spend $30 at any French Market District retail shop will receive a complimentary box of Creole tomatoes from vendor Ben & Ben Becnel’s.
The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information visit www.frenchmarket.org