The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation celebrates the rich traditions of music, food and community with the third annual Treme Creole Gumbo Festival. The festival, which takes place Saturday, Dec. 11, and Sunday, Dec. 12, at the Jazz & Heritage Center, also includes fabulous holiday shopping at our fifth annual Jazz & Heritage Holiday Bazaar - with a slew of vendors offering wearable art, items for the home and other hand-made specialties.
Gumbo, representing the melting-pot of New Orleans culture, will be plentiful, with four local restaurants and catering companies showing off their takes on the signature Crescent City dish - so come hungry.
Our musical performers showcase the traditional New Orleans jazz that emerged from the Treme neighborhood and its environs, plus some more contemporary styles.
Kermit Ruffins, whose 2009 album was called "Livin' A Treme Life," will be among the headliners, along with dance party favorite Big Sam's Funky Nation. John Boutte, now known to audiences nationwide as the singer of the opening theme song for the HBO series "Treme," also will perform. Crowd-surfing trombonist Glen David Andrews - another son of the Treme - and genre-hopping trumpeter Shamarr Allen will bring their bands as well.
The music schedule is:
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11
10:30 am to 11:00 am The Preservation Hall Junior Jazz & Heritage Brass Band
11:30 am to 12: 15 pm Jamal Batiste
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm Treme Brass Band
1:45 pm to 2:45 pm John Boutte
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm Shamarr Allen
4:20 pm to 6:00 pm Kermit Ruffins & the BBQ Swingers
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12
11:00 am to 11:45 am Heritage School of Music All Stars
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Lucien Barbarin
1:00 pm to 1:30 pm Baby Boyz Brass Band
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm Thais Clark
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm Glen David Andrews
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm Big Sam's Funky Nation
MANY SHADES OF GUMBO
We are pleased to welcome back some of our favorite food vendors, along with a few new ones. All of our vendors will do their own take on gumbo - filé, chicken & sausage, andouille & sausage, seafood, etc. - along with other treats. Dunbar's Creole Catering - a longtime favorite of the Uptown lunch crowd - will join us with fried catfish and crawfish rice. Miss Linda will bring her soulful mac & cheese. Brocato's Eat Dat will bring dark roux chicken & sausage gumbo, plus a great shrimp and grits that was a huge hit last year. And Li'l Dizzy's Café, a neighborhood favorite of Treme residents and visitors from around the world, will serve a stuffed crab po-boy. For the current list of food vendors and their menus, see the Downloads section below.
We've got a special, hand-made prize - a gumbo bowl specially made by our friends at Byrdie's Coffee Shop, Studio, and Gallery - for the "best in show" gumbo. Kelder Summers from Old School 106.7 will be our celebrity judge, and the audience will vote on the Best Gumbo at 4:15 p.m. on Sunday. All of our gumbo vendors will offer tasting portions so everyone can sample all of them.
More than 30 local artisans will be on hand with hand-made jewelry, clothing, functional art, objects for the home and much more. This is a great place to do your holiday shopping while enjoying great music and food - way more fun that the malls! For the complete list of craft vendors and their chosen media, see the Downloads section below.
JAZZ FEST T's
And don't forget - the Jazz & Heritage Holiday Bazaar is the only place to get vintage official Jazz Fest t-shirts outside of the Fair Grounds. Our Holiday Bazaar started four years ago as a holiday sale intended to help residents returning after Katrina replace t-shirts and other Jazz Fest merchandise lost in the flood. Today, the sale has expanded to include many other types of handicrafts, but we still keep the tradition alive by offering official Jazz Fest t-shirts and more.
Worried about missing the Saints game against the Rams? Don't be! We'll have two large-screen, flat-panel TVs at the festival so you won't have to miss the 3:05 pm kickoff, or any of the game action. But they won't have Big Sam's Funky Nation or all that great gumbo at the Superdome!
Click the links below to download documents.