2016 Treme Creole Gumbo Festival

Nov 12–13, 2016
11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., both days
Armstrong Park
701 N. Rampart Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
Admission: Free

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New Orleans’ Premier Brass Band Showcase

Welcome to the ninth annual Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival – New Orleans’ premier brass band showcase. If you love brass bands and gumbo – or, better yet, enjoying some delicious gumbo while listening to brass bands playing live in a beautiful New Orleans park – then this is the event for you.

The 2016 Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival takes place Saturday, Nov. 12, and Sunday, Nov., 13, from 11 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. both days in Louis Armstrong Park. Admission is free. The festival is produced and presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, the nonprofit that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell.

Once again, we will host the finest display of traditional and contemporary New Orleans brass band jazz to be found anywhere on the planet. The world-famous, Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band will headline the festival. They'll be joined by many of your favorites, including the Hot 8, the To Be Continued, the Pinettes, the New Breed, the Soul Brass Band and many more. If you like your New Orleans jazz funky, punchy and hot, this is the place to be.

And then there’s the gumbo.

For us, gumbo symbolizes the melting-pot nature of New Orleans’ culture. It’s a spicy, savory blend of ingredients and influences – much like the mélange of cultures that led to the advent of jazz in and around New Orleans’ historic Tremé neighborhood. The Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival is our way of paying tribute to our ancestors and our cultural traditions – with great food, music and fun.

As we’ve done for years, we will offer a smorgasbord of New Orleans' signature dish, in a variety of styles – including (dare we say it?) vegan. Gumbo z’herbes, shrimp and oyster, chicken and andouille, Creole filé, dark roux, gluten-free and – yes – vegan – all of these and more will be served in our expanded food court.

All 14 of our food vendors will offer their own unique interpretation of this New Orleans classic, along with other menu items. Sampling size portions will be available, so feel free to mix and match until you find your favorite.

NEW THIS YEAR: We're expanding our menu and our footprint to include a new food court in Congo Square. That's where you'll find some of  your favorite vendors from past editions of the Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival, like Miss Linda's Soul Food and Dunbar's Creole Cooking. That's also where some vendors who are New Orleans legends but new to our festival will be set  up, like Willie Mae's Scotch House.

COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS: We're also adding a cooking demonstration stage, where you can learn the gumbo secrets of New Orleans culinary icons like James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award winner Leah Chase of Dooky Chase Restaurant, Susan Spicer of Bayona and the new restaurant Rosedale, and Wayne Baquet of Li'l Dizzy's Café. 

As we did last year, we are merging our Arts Market with our Kids Area, with local artists leading interactive and creative workshops.

2016 Treme Creole Gumbo Festival Performance Schedule:

11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.  Jack Brass Band
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.   Treme Brass Band
1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.     Paulin Brothers Brass Band
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.     New Breed Brass Band
4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.     To Be Continued Brass Band
6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.     Soul Brass Band

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.   Panorama Jazz Band
2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.    Caesar Brothers Funk Box
3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.    Pinettes Brass Band
5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.    Hot 8 Brass Band
6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.    Rebirth Brass Band

As always, we will feature a large Arts Market, with dozens of local artists showcasing handmade fine art and home furnishings. For the complete list of Arts Market vendors, see here.

If you love dark roux chicken and sausage gumbo, Creole filé gumbo, seafood gumbo and all sorts of other great stuff – from po-boys to shrimp ’n’ grits – then come hungry. Don't miss the expanded eating options in our new food court, located in Congo Square. For the complete list of food vendors and their menus, see here.

Saturday, Nov. 12
1:30 PM Susan Spicer, of Bayona, Mondo & Rosedale Restaurants
2:45 PM Leah Chase, of Dooky Chase Restaurant

Sunday, Nov. 13
1:30 PM Wayne Baquet, of Li'l Dizzy's Café
2:45 PM Tanya Dubuclet, of Neyow's Creole Café

On Sunday, Nov. 13, at 4 p.m., we will use our cooking demonstraton stage to present an informative discussion on the history and cultural significance of Congo Square, featuring the Congo Square Preservation Society and guest speaker Freddi Evans. Freddi is an award-winning author whose works include, "Congo Square: African Roots in New Orleans." This lively presentation will include African drumming by Baba Luther Gray and African dancing by Mama Jamilah Peters-Muhammad.

On Saturday, Nov. 12, free parking is available in the parking lots of the Mahalia Jackson Theatre. Enter via Basin Street.

On Sunday, Nov. 13, parking is available for $15 per vehicle (cash only) at the Mahalia Jackson Theatre, and for $10 per vehicle (credit cards accepted) at Basin Street Station (501 Basin Street).

Admission to the Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival is free. But we will have donation boxes set up at most of the park entrances. If you want to help us keep our events free, please support us with the donation of your choice. Thank you.

Like all of our events, the Tremé  Creole Gumbo Festival is completely free and open to the public - part of the community investment made by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. PLEASE: Except for those with small children or dietary restrictions, please do not bring outside food or beverages to the event - no coolers are permitted.

We realize that Armstrong Park is usually open to pets. But for the safety and comfort of our large audience, we ask that you respect your neighbors and leave your companion animals at home (except for service animals, of course). Thank you.

Please: No audio or video recording of our performers.


Click the links below to download documents.

2016 Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival Food Vendors and Menus

2016 Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival Arts Market Vendors

Tremé Gumbo Festival Archive:

2019's Line-up and Festival Details
2018's Line-up and Festival Details
2017's Line-up and Festival Details
2016's Line-up and Festival Details
2015's Line-up and Festival Details
2014's Line-up and Festival Details
2013's Line-up and Festival Details
2012's Line-up and Festival Details
2011's Line-up and Festival Details
2010's Line-up and Festival Details
2009's Line-up and Festival Details

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2016 Treme Creole Gumbo Festival gratefully acknowledges the following sponsors:

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