OK, there IS a story behind this... Michael Stern of Roadfood
After the second line parade, the festival was all about the food. There were Budweiser booths, and the following participants (I checked off the ones I ate over the course of the weekend with an X):
Lasyone's Meat Pie Restaurant
Meat Pies X
Crawfish Pies X
Famous Fried Catfish X
Potato Salad X
Banana Foster Bread Pudding
Creole Hot Sausage Po-Boy
Creole Crawfish Sausage Po-Boy X
Fried Green Tomato Shrimp Remoulade Po-boy
Crawfish and Spinach Boat
Tabasco Country Store
Gator on a Stick
Plum Street Snowball
Deli at the Cellars
Shrimp Remoulade Po-Boy
The Que Crawl
Cochon de Lait Po-Boy X
12 Hour Roast Beef w/ Horseradish Cream and Pickled Red Onions
Fresh Cut French Fries
Duck Cracklins X
Dave's Cajun Kitchen
Smoked Turkey Legs
Red Beans with Smoked Sausage X
Alligator Etouffe Over Creamy Grits
Fried Shrimp Balls X
Fried Artichoke Hearts X
BBQ shrimp and corn on the cob
Our first stop was Dave's Cajun Kitchen for Red Beans with Smoked Sausage. Or maybe I should call it the cup o' sausage. The entire sausage was a bit unwieldy for walking-around food, but still pretty darn good.
The crawfish sausage po'boy from Vaucresson was Bob's favorite selection.
Even though we didn't eat the shrimp, we took pics. I snuck in the second one piggybacking on Michael's photo.
Frying up the meat pies
The fries that came with the meat pies were nicely spiced and perfectly fried.
The crowd was happy...a good turnout, but not so crowded as to be uncomfortable.
The Que Crawl, a local lunch truck also known as "The big purple bus" did not put its duck cracklins on the board, you had to know to order them "off the menu." The cracklins were the standout of the festival for me, heavily spiced explosions of pure fat. The truck rocked, and not just because of all the cute boys working the truck.
Cochon de lait po boy with vinegar sauce and cracklins