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Fall food festivals


  Food is the draw at many fall festivals. Here are details on three upcoming events that combine good eats and good times.

  • The Louisiana Seafood Festival ( has moved to a fall date and a new location along the Mississippi River. The event will be held Oct. 12-14 at Woldenberg Park, where nearly 20 restaurants and caterers will serve food. Naturally, Drago's Seafood Restaurant will cook its trademark char-broiled oysters, and choices run the gamut, from shrimp and lima bean cassoulet from Borgne to fried oyster and Brie po-boys from 7 on Fulton to crawfish nachos from Ernst Cafe.

  The festival is hosted by the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation, a nonprofit run by hospitality industry insiders that supports local children's causes, and a portion of proceeds benefits the foundation's work. Local bands perform and there will be seafood cooking demonstrations and a kid's pavilion from the Louisiana Children's Museum. Admission is free.

  • This weekend also marks the start of Oktoberfest (, run by Deutsches Haus at Kenner's Rivertown development (415 Williams Blvd.).

  The historic Deutsches Haus clubhouse in Mid-City was demolished as part of the LSU/VA Medical Center construction. Last month, the club acquired the title for a patch of land along Bayou St. John across from City Park. Club president Keith Oldendorf says that signals the start of a capital campaign to build a new Deutsches Haus and Oktoberfest grounds there, and this year's Oktoberfest will raise funds for that project.

  As usual, the event features tons of sausage, sauerkraut and Bavarian specialties prepared by club volunteers, and plenty of German beer. Visitors also will find beer and wine tastings, a "beer stein holding contest" (or masskrugstemmen) and, on Oct. 20, dachshund races. Oktoberfest runs each Friday and Saturday for the next three weekends, ending Oct. 27. Daily admission is $6.

  • The Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival ( will smoke up Lafayette Square (540 St. Charles Ave.) from Oct. 12-14. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, the nonprofit behind Jazz Fest, presents the free festival.

  An impressive slate of musicians perform on stage, and food booths serve a wide array and liberal interpretations of barbecue from more than a dozen restaurants. Boswell's Jamaican Grill brings jerk from the Caribbean, Walker's Love at First Bite (a regular vendor at Jazz Fest) brings cochon de lait from Cajun country and The Joint brings different Southern styles of barbecue.

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