I was pretty down for the count for most of October. I got terribly sick after travelling to Denver for the Great American Beer Festival (check this out to get my take on that as a newbie) and missed all the Halloween stuff.
But November is here, and that means fall and Thanksgiving. It's cooler here (not as cool as some may like, but definitely in the realm of the comfortable) and that means it's fall festival time!
There are two festivals happening this weekend in New Orleans, two of my favorites, actually.
The Bywater's Mirliton Festival is happening on Saturday, November 9. This is a weird and uniquely New Orleans festival. It celebrates the mirliton, or chayote squash, a vegetable that finds its way into local Thanksgiving dishes as well as the many food and cocktail recipes on display at the festival. It's $5 to get in, there's tons of food (mirliton and non-mirliton) and of course music all day long, like Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns, Kristin Diable, Gal Holiday, and The Goodchildren Marching Band.
It's happening from 11am-7pm at The Brickyard, 3036 Chartres Street in the Bywater. Check out the festival website for more info.
Another one of my favorite festivals in town is the Gumbo Festival put on the the Jazz & Heritage Foundation. This year, it will be at Louis Armstrong Park on both Friday and Saturday, with music and gumbo, gumbo, gumbo. Also music. And a vegan gumbo competition! It also starts at 11am and runs through the last band ending at 7:15. Looks like they stop letting people in after 6:30 though. I'm really looking forward to going. Check out the festival page for the musical lineup and more details.
I also like to do a bit of Christmas shopping while at festivals like this - it supports local artists and craftspeople.
Oh, I'm also going to the infamous Boudin, Bourbon, and Beer fundraiser for the first time this year. I've heard great (and slightly debauched) stuff about it and am pretty excited to check it out for myself. It looks to be absolutely delicious.