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Oak Street Po-Boy Festival
October 22, 2017

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Event DetailsWhen: October 22, 2017
Where: Oak St.
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Oak Street Po-Boy Festival
Oak Street Po-Boy Festival
Oak Street Po-Boy Festival
Oak Street Po-Boy Festival
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While other parts of the country may have “submarine sandwiches” or “hoagies,” in New Orleans, our sandwich of choice is called a “po-boy.” And, like many other uniquely New Orleans and Louisiana creations, there is a festival to celebrate it.

The Event

Sunday, October 22 will mark the 11th Annual Oak Street Po-Boy Festival, held along a commercial strip of Oak Street in the city's Carrollton neighborhood. The festival is open to the public and family-friendly. Admission is $3 prior to the event and $5 on the day-of.
This one-day-only event goes from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and features live music, art, handicrafts and – of course – booths offering many different types of po-boys.

Background

Not only is the festival a culinary celebration of a famous sandwich, it also celebrates the rebirth of a once-thriving shopping district with roots as deep as the neighborhood itself. Carrollton was a separate city until it was annexed by New Orleans in 1874, and Oak Street was its commercial hub.

Festival organizers bill the event as an effort to "re-create that warm feeling of this small-town Main Street," while displaying the extensive infrastructural improvements that have been made to the street in recent years. Thanks to these improvements, Oak Street has regained much of its earlier volume of commerce and prestige. With its early 20th century storefronts and facades, much of Oak Street retains its small-town ambience.

The Po-Boys

Fried shrimp, oysters and catfish, along with ham and cheese, and roast beef are all crowd favorites, but there are many other creative and unique choices as well, like the fried lobster from GW Fins or the Seafood-Au-Gratin Po-Boy from Seither’s Seafood. You can order them "dressed" with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and mayo or "naked" without the condiments.

With over 50 vendors at the festival, previous participants have included Boucherie, Jacques-Imo’s, Pascal’s Manale, and many more!

For an updated list of po-boy providers, check back with the festival’s website closer to date.

Tickets

Tickets are $3 ahead of the event and $5 day-of. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time at the Po-Boy Fest official website here. Funds raised will partner with worthy causes like Son of a Saint.

Merchandise

During the festival, merchants along the Oak Street commercial corridor open their doors for browsers and buyers alike, offering a wide variety of merchandise ranging from vintage books and jewelry to works of art and unique apparel. Coffee shops and cozy little dining establishments offer their specialties, as do larger venues like Jacques-Imo's Restaurant and the world-renowned Maple Leaf Bar with its live music and large dance floor.

Getting There

The festival is both pedestrian- and bike-friendly. Sufficient lock-up racks for bicycles are expected to be available by fest time.

The Oak Street Po-Boy Festival is fun for the whole family, with plenty of things for the kids to do, also. It is free and open to the public and is easily accessible from the French Quarter and downtown New Orleans. Hop in a cab or take the colorful and historic St. Charles Avenue streetcar to the Oak Street stop and back. The fare is only $1.25 each way (exact change required).

For more information call check out the festival's website at www.poboyfest.com.

 
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