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Sushi Fest Rolls Over Mardi Gras World

Sushi as a New Orleans culinary staple? It seems unlikely despite our proximity to the Gulf and abundance of fresh seafood. But the folks at Renaissance Publishing are looking to change the city’s mind this weekend at the first annual New Orleans Sushi Fest. 


Created out of love and passion for the Japanese cuisine, the Sushi Fest benefits the the Japan Club and the Japan Society of New Orleans, two local organizations created to foster friendship among the local Japanese community and the city and bring awareness to Japanese Culture.  This year’s event will feature local vendors, authentic Japanese art and crafts for sale and live entertainment from traditional Japanese drumming and local group, Bag of Donuts. Guests can get in on the action with blow up Samurai wrestling and a Japanese art room featuring origami, fan painting and Japanese bookmark painting.


The festival is upping the stakes for local chefs with a friendly competition — awards will be handed out to participating sushi makers including the People’s Choice Award and the Grand Champion.  So far, participating restaurants include: 12 Seasons Catering, Aloha Sushi, Daiwa, Kingfish Kitchen & Cocktails, Lakeview Pearl Sushi Bar and Asian Bistro, Miss Linda The Ya-Ka-Mein Lady, Rock-n-Sake Bar and Sushi, RPM FroYo, Saundus Sauce, Toulouse Gourmet Catering, Tsunami Sushi of Baton Rouge and Lafayette, Vega Tapas Café and Vitascope Hall.


Sushi Fest is this Sunday, August 17th at the River City Ballroom in Mardi Gras World. VIP tickets are $75 at the door, with perks including a Sapporo Beer sponsored Tea Room Party.  The reception, before the opening of the festival, includes complimentary sushi, food and drinks, and beer.  The Japan Society and the Japan club will feature a traditional Japanese tea ceremony.


General admission tickets are $10 in advance and $20 at the door.  The fest runs 2 -5 p.m.

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