Tens of thousands of merrymakers donned their best florals and flocked to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival over the weekend to sample the city’s best food and music.
Celebrating its 45th year, a highlight of the festival, which takes place in Crescent City, is its delicious Cajun food offering, which is also believed to be responsible for massive growth in fans.
“Food and music are equally critical to the Jazz Fest experience,” Boston resident Jason Dumont told Reuters as he polished off a cochon de lait po-boy – a roasted pork sandwich with creamy dressing.
The seven-day event, more commonly known as “JazzFest”, sees food vendors serve up their best New Orleans dishes – think Rockefeller biscuits, crabmeat-stuffed shrimp, gumbo, and of course, jambalaya.
“I always say that Jazz Fest is the best food festival in the world,” said Quint Davis, the event’s long-time producer.
This five-day long celebration of Louisiana’s music and food culture draws more than 400,000 people to the event annually.
Alongside local acts like Kellin, the festiva’s music card featured big names including Carlos Santana, Robin Thicke, Christina Aguilera, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Chaka Khan, Vampire Weekend and Public Enemy.