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NOMA’s Besthoff Sculpture Garden (5:00 PM)
The NOLA Project presents this festive comedy that pits two of Shakespeare's most beloved characters in a war of words and wits
City Park’s Botanical Garden (5:00 PM)
New Orleanian songwriter performs at the weekly outdoor concert series
The Ogden Museum (6:00 PM)
Singer/ songwriter who has recently performed at Austin City Limits Music Festival and provided tour support for Raul Malo and the Wood Brothers
The Foundation Gallery (6:00 PM)
A screening of Maya's award-winning animation "Pareidolia" followed by a Q &A with the artist
Snug Harbor (8:00 & 10:00 PM)
The third evening of a chamber music festival that has something for classical aficionados and dilettantes alike
Hi Ho Lounge (9:00 PM)
Hip hop artist raps on St. Claude with his album Trap Hop
Circle Bar (10:00 PM)
Performing tracks from the new album 'What a World'
Voodoo Vendors: Festival Fare for Health Food Junkies
New Orleans festivals aren’t known for healthy eating, but some of the food vendors at this year’s Voodoo Music Experience kept the animal lovers, the fitness freaks, and the gluten intolerant in mind. Of course, the festival boasts a long line of deep fried delights and famed local dishes, but in keeping with their sustainable, eco-minded theme, Voodoo offers some options for those who might not want a fried oyster po’boy with their daiquiri.
Stop by Jono’s, a food stand run by the kitchen manager at Mimi’s and Jennifer O’Blenis, the woman who peddles her delicious Frito Pies from time to time at R Bar. Their stand offers vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options.
They have a meat chili as well as a veggie chili, and the latter is completely vegan.
“There’s no meat substitute, they’re made of black beans, kidney beans, and mirliton,” said chef Jennifer O’Blenis. Dairy lovers can add their own sour cream and cheese separately.
All of the food at Jono’s is gluten free, so those trying to avoid wheat can still enjoy a frito pie or some chili. This is O’Blenis’ first time at Voodoo, and she said it’s been a long time dream of hers to man a booth with the big guys.
New to Voodoo this year is also the Vietnamese Catering Company “NOLA Pho Life,” whose food is as delicious as their name is clever.
Owner Karen said this is their inaugural event as an event business. “We’re going to see how it goes,” she said optimistically.
They’re serving up egg rolls with a pineapple chili sauce, which strollers can sample as they peruse for grub. NoDef deems the eggrolls worth a second visit. Of course they’re serving pho on the fest menu, and banh mi sandwiches. Banh mi is a little like a Vietnamese take on a poboy, except a little healthier with cilantro, carrots, cucumber, and fresh jalapeno peppers.
“It’s all very fresh,” promised Karen.
Those looking to get a quick energy boost at the fest or just some healthy munchies should check out the travelling dried fruit and nut peddlers, Nature’s Delights.
Manager Anthony White said they’re always a hit at festivals.
“We travel a lot nationwide. We’ve been doing it for the last two years,” he said. “Everywhere we’ve been we’ve been a hit.”
There’s a wide selection of healthy snack foods, with every dried fruit you can imagine, a large sampling of nuts and more. White said the most popular items are the jumbo cashews, the “razzcherries,” and the dried mangos.
“Razzcherries and other sweet snacks are great if you have children and want to give them a snack that isn’t a candy bar,” he said. “We’re offering festival goers a healthier choice, of course some people will always have a burger or a greasy sandwich. This is for the people who don’t want that but still want to enjoy the music.”
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