Start saving your appetite, because the Treme Creole Gumbo Festival is coming up! From November 9th-10th, 2013 this delicious festival will be serving all your favorite types of gumbo, including a vegetarian gumbo contest this year! The Treme Creole Gumbo Festival is held in the Congo Square in Armstrong Park on North Rampart Street opposite the French Quarter. There will be music, food, unique handcrafts, and on top of it all, admission is free!
What is Creole Gumbo?
Creole Gumbo is not to be confused with Cajun Gumbo. Both styles of cooking have different influences, although many don’t know that there is a difference. Creole gumbo comes from the mixture of French and African traditions, and is more commonly represented in New Orleans. Gumbo is a great dish that exemplifies the mix of cultures that occurs in Southern Louisiana. Many scholars agree that the dish originated in Louisiana in the early 18th century.
Gumbo itself primarily consists of strongly-favored stock, meat, or shellfish, a thickener and seasoning vegetables that can include celery, bell peppers, and onions. Creole Gumbo typically uses roux, a French base made of flour and fat, for its thickener. This is usually the distinguishing ingredient between Creole and Cajun Gumbo. Creole gumbo also traditionally contains shellfish.
It usually has to simmer and be prepared all day, so you know that the dishes you’ll be trying at the Treme Creole Gumbo Festival will have been made with extra care and time. It’s also an economical dish, usually used for feeding large amounts of people.
Treme Creole Gumbo Festival Entertainment
This year’s musical entertainment at the Treme Creole Gumbo Festival includes “The Prince of Treme” trumpeter Glen David Andrews, singer John Boutte, and performers Robin Barnes and the all-female Pinettes Brass Band. Other acts include the Treme Brass Band, Hot 8 Brass Band, and Bonerama.
After a big day of eating and dancing at the Treme Creole Gumbo Festival, you’ll be sure to want to hit the hay for a rest at your favorite New Orleans boutique hotel, Bienville House!