New Orleans natives and tourists alike know that when September hits, The Big Easy is all about the Louisiana Seafood Festival. When it comes to seafood, the people of Louisiana know a thing or two.
People attend the event for the seafood, but the Louisiana Seafood Festival is a cultural staple of New Orleans that exposes everyone who attends to so much more, and really shines a light on both the rich culinary and musical traditions of the state.
The Music of the Louisiana Seafood Festival
The musical scene at the Louisiana Seafood festival is inspired by the iconic musical history of the city of New Orleans. Jazz clubs such as the Maple Leaf, Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse and the Maison Bourbon Jazz Club have all played a part in making the jazz scene in New Orleans what it is today. Urban legend has it that Bruce Springsteen once dropped by the Maple Leaf to jam with the roots rock band, The Iguanas.
The French Quarter is home to Grammy-award winning trumpet player, Irvin Mayfield. Even though Mayfield hit the big time, he never forgot where he came from, and fans that visit his Jazz Playhouse may get a special treat from the legendary musician himself. Harry Connick Jr. also got his start in New Orleans as well. This Grammy and Emmy award winning artist served his apprenticeship at the Maison Bourbon Jazz Club, just like many other notable jazz musicians. The musical scene at the Louisiana Seafood Festival is more than just an experience; it’s a lifestyle that is deeply rooted into the history of New Orleans.
The Food of the Louisiana Seafood Festival
As great as the music is, there won’t be too much dancing and singing on an empty stomach. In addition to the wide variety of foods offered by different vendors at the festival, celebrity chefs such as John Besh, Josh Boeckelman, Kevin Belton and Josh Laskay have provided attendees of the Louisiana Seafood Festival with food demonstrations at past events. If you’re a foodie, there is no better place to learn the tricks of the trade, the New Orleans culinary scene will be well represented by the diverse array of chefs and you are sure to pick up some tips. More importantly, you can sample some of the finest cuisine that these New Orleans Chefs have to offer.
Many of the offerings at the Louisiana Seafood Festival are inspired by freshly-caught fish and shellfish from the Gulf of Mexico. After the event, you will surely want to try some of these creations for your next family gathering or social mixer. Check out our how-to videos to help get you started.
Scientists believe that oyster dinners were enjoyed as far back as 164,000 years ago. However, debate still rages on about the safety of this seafood delicacy. No matter what side of the fence you stand on, oysters are 44% protein and a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids. While some people enjoy the health benefits of oysters, it is rumored that oysters are also an aphrodisiac and have many other benefits. This commonly-held paradigm is a result of the Greek goddess Aphrodite, who legend says emerged from the sea on an oyster shell and gave birth to Eros. Below are several videos that offer a variety of ways to prepare delectable oysters–bon apetit!
Baked Oyster Dressing
Andouille-Crusted Oysters With Spinach Coulis
Lobster has rightfully earned the reputation of being a delicacy. The moist, succulent meat, smothered in butter sauce, will tantalize your palate and leave you yearning for more. It’s amazing to think that this wonderful creature of the sea was once fed to prisoners and less fortunate individuals as a means to save money. The reason for the distain surrounding lobster was because people simply didn’t know how to cook it. More often than not, lobster was cooked dead, which really isn’t a recipe for success in terms of bringing out the true flavor of the meat. Once people found out that cooking the lobster fresh was the formula for creating an exquisite dining experience, demand for lobster soared.
There is no question that the attendees at this year’s Louisiana Seafood Festival will be looking for creative lobster dishes to sample. Some of the cooking demonstrations may even be lobster inspired. Hopefully, the culinary experience at this year’s festival inspires you to try and create some unique lobster dishes of your own. Here are a few videos that will show you how to cook this amazing delicacy.
In the famous words of Bubba, “you can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, sauté it. There’s, uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There’s pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich…” Forrest Gump and his friend were passionate about shrimp, and so is the rest of America. It’s a known fact that shrimp is the most popular seafood in the United States. You can bet your bottom dollar that when the Louisiana Seafood Festival rolls around in September, people will be looking for lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp … you get the picture. The mouthwatering entrees that tourist and natives alike will enjoy at this year’s Seafood Festival are sure to please. These same entrees could be the talk of the town at your next holiday party, so here are some videos that will show you how to cook grilled shrimp, baked shrimp, shrimp scampi, bacon-wrapped shrimp and shrimp creole.
Feast On Seafood Until Next Year
The Louisiana Seafood Festival is a great event, so cherish every moment of it. After all is said and done, don’t wait until next year to try your favorite seafood-inspired dishes. Use these seafood recipe videos and have a mini seafood festival in the comfort of your own home.
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