2017 Treme Creole Gumbo Festival

Nov 18–19, 2017
Saturday, Nov. 18, and Sunday, Nov. 19 - 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. both days
Louis Armstrong Park
701 N. Rampart Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
Admission: Free

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New Orleans’ Premier Brass Band Showcase
New This Year: Gumbo Symposium (“Gumbosium”)

Welcome to the 10th 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 2017 Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival takes place Saturday, Nov. 18, and Sunday, Nov., 19, from 11 a.m. to 7:30 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 Original Pinstripe and many more. Also this year, don’t miss a great band making its first appearance on our stage: Trumpet Mafia.

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, we’re going there: 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.

Last year we expanded the festival to include a food court in Congo Square. It worked out great, so we’ll do it again. That’s where you’ll find favorites like Miss Linda’s Soul Food and Dunbar’s Creole Cooking.

We also added a cooking demonstration stage. It was so successful that we’re building on it with panel discussions about all things gumbo. Like a gumbo symposium. Did somebody say gumbosium?

We’ll do cooking demonstrations for sure – there are so many ways to make a roux, we have to show some examples. But we’ll augment them with several thought-provoking discussions about what gumbo is, what it isn’t, and who does it best. As we learned last year, the only thing New Orleans folks like more than brass bands is a good debate about gumbo.

Participating in the discussion will be a who’s who of chefs, cooks and highly opinionated average folks, including:

Frank Brigtsen, chef/owner, Brigtsen’s
Linda Green, chef/owner, Miss Linda’s New Orleans Soul Food
Susan Spicer, chef/owner, Bayona, Rosedale and Mondo
Celestine Dunbar, chef/owner, Dunbar’s Creole Cuisine
Michael Gulotta, chef/owner, MoPho and Maypop
Ericka Lassir, chef/owner, Diva Dawg

And many more.

For details about the gumbosium, with panel discussions and cooking demonstrations, and the complete schedule, please see here.

2017 Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival Performance Schedule:

Saturday, Nov. 18
11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Tuba Skinny
12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.   Tremé Brass Band
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.     Original Pinstripe Brass Band
4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.     Free Agents Brass Band
6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.     To Be Continued (TBC) Brass Band

Sunday, Nov. 19
11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. LPO Brass Ensemble
12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.   Pinettes Brass Band
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.     Hot 8 Brass Band
4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.     Trumpet Mafia
6:15 p.m. to 7:30 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 this year's food vendors and their menus, please see here.

As we have done in the past, we are merging our Arts Market with our Kids Area, with local artists leading interactive and creative workshops for young people. So come enjoy the festival knowing that there will be supervised activities for the kids.

Once again, our friends at Bike Easy (a nonprofit that promotes bicycle ridership) will staff a free bike valet. So ride to the festival and leave your bike safe and secure.

The festival takes place in Armstrong Park, which is right along the RTA bus route 91 (Jackson-Esplanade, map), and the Rampart-St. Claude streetcar line (map).

Free parking is available in the parking lots of the Mahalia Jackson Theatre. Enter via 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.

The Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival is produced and presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. The Foundation is the nonprofit that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell, and uses the proceeds from Jazz Fest for year-round programs in education, economic development and cultural enrichment. For more on what we do, please visit us at www.jazzandheritage.org.


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2017 Treme Creole Gumbo Festival Arts Market Vendors

2017 Treme Creole Gumbo Festival Food Vendors and Menus

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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2017 Treme Creole Gumbo Festival gratefully acknowledges the following sponsors:

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