More than 50 sandwich slingers will serve their versions of New Orleans' signature loaf, with fillings ranging from lobster to schnitzel, at the Oak Street Po-boy Festival (www.poboyfest.com) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23. There should be a po-boy to quell every craving, and there are a number of quirky options to explore for the novelty factor alone, including a Thanksgiving-themed turkey rib po-boy with cranberry barbecue sauce from The Harbor Bar & Grill (3024 17th St., Metairie, 504-832-4117; www.theharborbarandgrill.com ).
Returning favorites from 2013 include Red Fish Grill's (115 Bourbon St., 504-598-1200; www.redfishgrill.com) barbecue oyster po-boy and Bratz Y'all's (504-577-0600; www.facebook.com/bratzyall) Drunk Pig po-boy, featuring pork marinated in dark beer. Other options range from barbecue shrimp, fried soft-shell crab and blackened redfish to turducken sausage and smothered rabbit po-boys.
The festival fills Oak Street from South Carrollton Avenue to Eagle Street and there are two music stages. The lineup includes Rebirth Brass Band, Tank and the Bangas, Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes and, of course, Los Po-Boy-Citos.
New this year is a family-friendly offshoot event: Family Fest at Po-boy Fest. The satellite event is at St. Andrew's Episcopal School (8012 Oak St.; www.saesnola.com), which promises to be a respite from the crowds that fill Oak Street. Family Fest features a rock-climbing wall for kids and a wild boar po-boy for adults, and Amanda Shaw and the Cute Guys perform. Admission to Family Fest is $5. Oak Street Po-boy Festival is free.