The crab-stuffed beignet, from Loretta's Authentic Pralines.
Whether it’s the cochon de lait po-boy from Love at First Bite, Prejean’s pheasant, quail and andouille gumbo or a bowl of peppery crawfish Monica, everyone has their go-to favorites for Jazz Fest grub.
While many popular vendors and items remain constant, there are always a few new things to try. Here's what's new this year.
Cuban music and art are highlighted at the Cultural Exchange Pavilion, and New Orleans’ own Congreso Cubano
has a booth outside the tent offering traditional Cuban fare. There’s ropa vieja,
a braised and shredded beef dish, prepared with sofrito (what owner Orlando Vega calls the Cuban holy trinity
) wine and tomato sauce. The dish, which translates to “old clothes” because of the look of the shredded beef, is arguably the country’s most well-known dish. There also are frijoles negros
(black beans with rice) and fried tostones
(smashed green plantains) served with a garlicky mojo sauce. For dessert, there are paletas de café con leche,
or Cuban coffee-flavored popsicles.
The lump crabmeat-stuffed beignets at Loretta’s, the praline and sweet potato cookie stand, are a decadent indulgence, and every bit worth the $8 price tag (even if they do disappear in a couple of bites). Here, buttery hot crab is folded into puffy golden beignets and served with spicy remoulade.
Also new, the Rhythmpourium serves as a lounge where red wine, white wine and prosecco is sold on tap for $8 a glass. For those planning to stay a while, a carafe is available for $41. While most food vendors only accept cash, credit cards are accepted in the tent.