2018 Treme Creole Gumbo Fest

Nov 17–18, 2018
Saturday, Nov. 17, and Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 7:30 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
Tribute to Trumpet Black
Plus: Gumbo Cooking Demonstrations

Welcome to the 11th 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 New Orleans jazz in a beautiful downtown park – then this is the event for you.

The 2018 Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival takes place Saturday, Nov. 17, and Sunday, Nov., 18, 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 along with Ashlin Parker’s mega group Trumpet Mafia. They'll be joined by many of your favorites, including the Hot 8, the Pinettes, the Tremé and the Free Agents brass bands.

Other performers include trumpeters Shamarr Allen and James Andrews, and trombonist Corey Henry and his band, the Tremé Funktet.

The 2018 Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival is dedicated to the memory of Travis “Trumpet Black” Hill, a beloved New Orleans musician who died suddenly from medical complications in 2015. He was only 28 years old.

Nearly all of this year's performers had strong connections to Trumpet Black. James Andrews is a cousin. He performed with the Hot 8 and the Tremé Funktet. And he had relationships both professional and personal with most of the other musicians who will be onstage.

Beyond the music, Tremé Creole Gumbo is also a food festival.

For us, gumbo symbolizes the melting-pot nature of New Orleans. 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. 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 of our food vendors will offer their own unique interpretation of this New Orleans classic, along with other menu items.

If there’s one thing New Orleanians love to talk about it’s gumbo - how to make it, what does - and does not - go into it, who makes it best.

The Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival is a great place to dish on our favorite dish. Not only do we have a huge array of versions to sample, but we also host a series of gumbo cooking demonstrations with several of New Orleans’ most interesting chefs.

This year, we’ll present four cooking demonstrations (two each day):

Poppy Tooker, host of the “Louisiana Eats” radio program
Celebrity chef Kevin Belton
Chef Ericka Lassir of Diva Dawg
Chef Tia Moore Henry of Café Dauphine

2018 Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival Performance Schedule:

Saturday, Nov. 17:
11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.  Treme Brass Band
12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.    James Andrews
2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.      Cooking Demonstration: with Ericka Lassair of Diva Dawg
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.      Corey Henry & the Treme Funktet
4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.      Cooking Demonstration: Gumbo Z'herbes with celebrity chef Kevin Belton
4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.      Shamarr Allen
6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.      Ashlin Parker's Trumpet Mafia

Sunday, Nov. 18:
11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.  Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.    Free Agents Brass Band
2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.      Cooking Demonstration: Cajun Seafood Gumbo, with Tia Moore Henry of Café Dauphine
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.      Pinettes Brass Band
4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.     Cooking Demonstration: Okra Seafood Gumbo with Poppy Tooker of Louisiana Eats
4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.     Hot 8 Brass Band
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. We’re expanding our food court into Armstrong Plaza to accommodate all of our vendors. See the complete list of food vendors and their menus 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. See the full schedule of Kids Tent activities here.

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 Sunday, Nov. 18, in the parking lots of the Mahalia Jackson Theatre. Enter via Basin Street. On Saturday, Nov. 17, parking is available in the lot at Basin Street Station (501 Basin Street) for $20/day.

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.

This program is supported in part by a Community Arts Grant made possible by the City of New Orleans.


Click the links below to download documents.

2018 Food Vendors and Menus

2018 Arts Market Vendors

2018 Kids Tent Activities Schedule

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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2018 Treme Creole Gumbo Fest gratefully acknowledges the following sponsors:

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