The Lamb & the Owl
6 p.m. Friday
Press Street Station, 5 Press St., (504) 249-5622
Chef Michael Doyle roasts Mississippi lamb and serves it with Korean- inspired pickles, preserves and sides. The first course includes arugula with sheep's cheese and persimmon vinaigrette and lamb tartare. Roasted lamb is served with flatbread, eggplant chutney, sweet curry potatoes, pickled apples, maple-whipped tofu, papaya-okra relish, and more. There's chocolate bark and fruit for dessert. The dinner costs $45, or $60 with unlimited beer from Wayward Owl Brewing Company. Tax and tip not included.
NOLA Cochon de Lait Festival
11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday
Palmer Park, S. Carrollton Avenue at S. Claiborne Avenue
Formerly the Magazine Street Blues Festival, an annual fundraiser for a nonprofit supporting officers of the New Orleans Police Department's Second District, the event is now the NOLA Cochon de Lait Festival. There's food from Jacques-Imo's Cafe, Moe's Original Bar B Que, Chef Linda Green "The Yakamein Lady," Reginelli's, Crepes a la Cart, T Moise Farms, Plum Street Snowballs and others. Soul Rebels, Big Sam's Funky Nation and Rockin' Dopsie Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters perform. Free admission.
NOLA Mac n' Cheese Fest
11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday
Louis Armstrong Park, 701 N. Rampart St.
A dozen vendors including Atchafalaya, The Big Cheezy, Food Drunk, Frey Smoked Meat Co. and Melt compete in a macaroni and cheese contest and serve other dishes as well. There's music by George Porter Jr. and the Runnin' Pardners, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux with John "Papa" Gros, John Boutte, Susan Cowsill and others. Free admission.