2013 Treme Creole Gumbo Festival

Nov 9–10, 2013
From 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday
Louis Armstrong Park
901 N. Rampart Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
Admission: Free

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Many thanks to all who participated in our first-ever vegan gumbo contest.

Vegan Gumbo Contet Winners:

Celebrity Judging:
1st place: Brocato's Eat Dat
2nd place: Cafe Carmo
3rd place: Miss Linda's Soul Food

'Peoples' Choice' Audience Favorites:
1st place: Miss Linda's Soul Food
2nd place: Cafe Carmo
3rd place: Woody's Fish Tacos

In addition to all of the judges who gave their time to help select winners (details below), our thanks go to the sponsors who provided thousands of dollars worth of prizes to our winning chefs: Restaurant Depot, the Food Network and Whole Foods.

Recipes for all eight of our featured vegan gumbos are in the Downloads section, below.



The Prince of Treme, Glen David Andrews, and suave singer John Boutte will be among the New Orleans music heroes performing at the sixth annual Treme Creole Gumbo Festival, Nov. 9-10 in Louis Armstrong Park. Also appearing will be the brassy funk band Bonerama, sultry singer Robin Barnes, and a special meeting of the Lagniappe Brass Band with Rapper Keedy Black.

We'll also host the Original Pinettes Brass Band - the world's only all-female brass band and newly-crowned winner of the New Orleans Street Kings (Queens?) competition. There will be lots more brass band music, including the Hot 8, the Baby Boyz and the Treme. We'll also present a special performance by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra's brass band.

New this year: A vegan gumbo contest with celebrity judges (there will be plenty of regular gumbo, too, and lots of other tasty dishes), a special appearance by the LadyFest YeMaYa parade and a "shake your tail feather" dance contest of female dance groups.

All that plus a huge arts market - and admission is free.


Saturday, Nov. 9
11:00 am to 12:15 pm      Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Brass Band

12:15 pm to 12:45 pm     Vegan Gumbo Contest Celebrity Judging

12:45 pm to 2:00 pm       Treme Brass Band

2:00 pm to 2:30 pm          Red Wolf Brass Band

2:30 pm to 3:45 pm         Lagniappe Brass Band with Keedy Black

4:15 pm to 5:30 pm         Hot 8 Brass Band

6:00 pm to 7:15 pm         Glen David Andrews

Sunday, Nov. 10 
11:00 am to 12:15 pm      Robin Barnes

1:00 pm to 2:15 pm         John Boutte

2:30 pm to 3:45 pm         Pinettes Brass Band
                                       YeMaya Dance Contest and Second-Line Parade

3:45 pm to 4:30 pm         Baby Boyz Brass Band and the Second-Line Jammers Social Aid & Pleasure Club

4:30 pm to 5:45 pm         The Madd Wikkid's Brassft Punk - A Brass Band Tribute to Daft Punk
                                        Featuring members of the Treme, Panorama and New Orleans Nightcrawlers brass bands

5:45 pm to 6:00 pm         Vegan Gumbo Contest Audience Vote Winners

6:00 pm to 7:15 pm         Bonerama

As always, we have curated a wonderful assembly of local artisans who will be selling a wide array of hand-made art works in various media - photography, painting, sculpture, glass, metal, jewelry, textiles and cloting and much more. See the complete arts market vendor list here.

No, we’re not serving only vegan gumbo. If you love dark roux chicken and sausage gumbo, Creole filé gumbo, seafood gumbo and all sorts of other great stuff – from fried catfish with potato salad to shrimp ‘n’ grits – then come hungry. Check out the complete list of food vendors and their menus here.

Vegan gumbo? Have we lost our minds?

Well, maybe. But let's face it: New Orleans cooking may be famous around the world, but it's not exactly known for being the most healthful. And it's been well-documented that large segments of our population - especially in the African-American community - suffer from conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and lactose intolerance (which reportedly affects some 75 percent of African-Americans) that can be reduced with a healthier diet.

So to bring more attention to the benefits of healthy eating, we’ve organized a Vegan Gumbo Contest in collaboration with our friends at the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation and PETA.

Vegan cooking basically means no animal products. So, no meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, eggs, butter, milk, cream… you get the idea. Not in the stock, not in the roux, not in the pot.

Some of our chefs may go even further and make their dishes gluten-free, by avoiding any wheat products such as wheat-based flour.

Here’s how our Vegan Gumbo Contest works: All eight of our food vendors will offer their own unique vegan versions of gumbo. Tasting portions (six ounces) will be available for $3, along with regular portions (12 ounces) for $6. We invite everyone to try as many as you can. We’ll provide ballot cards, and the audience will be invited to vote for their favorites. We’ll start counting the ballots at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10, and will announce the winners shortly after.

On Saturday, Nov. 9, a group of distinguished celebrity judges will sample all the vegan gumbos starting at 11:45 a.m., and we will announce their favorites at 12:15 p.m.

For both the celebrity judging and the audience ballot, we have arranged for first, second and third place prizes with awesome donations from the Restaurant Depot, the Food Network and Whole Foods.

For you meat lovers, don’t freak out. All of our vendors will also have plenty of non-vegan gumbo, loaded with shrimp, chicken, sausage, Andouille and all the other stuff we love here in south Louisiana. See the complete menu here.

Who are these celebrity judges?

Bryant Terry - Chef, activist and author of Vegan Soul Kitchen, The Inspired Vegan and the forthcoming Afro-Vegan. Check out this cool interview in BET.
Scott Gold - Newly-named restaurant columnist for Gambit Weekly, and author of The Shameless Carnivore: A Manifesto for Meat-Lovers
Stanley Crouch – Noted jazz critic and author, most recently of Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker
Ian McNulty - Food writer for The Advocate
Vincent Sylvain – General manager of the Carver Theater, internet marketing entrepreneur and publisher of the New Orleans Agenda
Tom Nagelin, chef with the New Orleans School of Cooking
LeBron Joseph, TV and radio personality on WGNO-TV and Old School 106.7-FM
Kelder Summers, radio personality on Old School 106.7-FM
Travis Laurendine, technology entrepreneur
Gwen Thompkins, host of "Music Inside Out" on WWNO-FM

There are no events at the Mahalia Jackson Theater of the Performing Arts this weekend, so parking is free and plentiful in the large parking lot in Amrstrong Park. Enter via the Basin Street gate.




Click the links below to download documents.

2013 Treme Creole Gumbo Festival Food Vendors and Menus

2013 Treme Creole Gumbo Festival Arts Market Vendors

Recipe: Miss Linda's Soul Food Vegan Gumbo

Recipe: Cafe Carmo Vegan Gumbo

Recipe: Brocato's Eat Dat Smoked Portobello Tofu Okra Vegan Gumbo

Recipe: Woody's Fish Tacos Vegan Gumbo Z'herbes

Recipe: Praline Connection Vegan Okra Gumbo

Recipe: Dunbar's Soul Food Vegan Gumbo

Recipe: Bourbon House Smoked Shiitake Vegan Gumbo

Recipe: Li'l Dizzy's Vegan Gumbo

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2013 Treme Creole Gumbo Festival gratefully acknowledges the following sponsors:

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc.