The annual Oak Street Po-Boy Fest will once again celebrate New Orleans’ beloved sandwich on Nov. 11. Organizers announced the 2018 festival date in a release.
Festival-goers can expect to try more than 50 delicious varieties of po-boys at the festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. along Oak Street. The fest takes place starting at South Carrollton Avenue and runs from the 8100 to 8800 blocks toward the River Road, with some activities pouring onto side streets. Four stages of music will also feature performances from local bands.
Organizers also bring a new player to the table to produce the festival this year. Jared Zeller, founder and producer of the annual Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo, will produce the 2018 Oak Street Po-Boy Festival.
President of the Oak Street Merchants, Residents and Property Owners Min Yang said the group is excited about Zeller joining the team.
“His work with the Bayou Boogaloo has been consistently impressive, and we’re looking forward to his experience and insights enhancing the Po-Boy Fest,” Yang said.
While admission to the fest is free, the $5 wristband policy for the purchase of po-boys will return once again this year to “offset the cost of security and infrastructure,” according to the release. Organizers first implemented the wristband policy in 2017. Wristbands can be purchased at the festival.
This event features New Orleans’ best restaurants, artists and musicians coming together in appreciation of the legendary po-boy. There will be over 50 delicious variations of the iconic sandwich with performances from some of the best bands in town and the return of the Where Y’Art Market.
Each year, the tasty tradition features a po-boy competition where local restaurants battle for your tastebuds. In 2017, some of the winners included Red Fish Grill’s BBQ oyster po-boy, Seither’s Pee Paw po-boy, and Bratz Y’all’s Drunk Pig.
The festival benefits OSMRPO and Son of a Saint, a non-profit which exists to enhance the lives of fatherless boys through mentorship, emotional support, development of life skills, exposure to constructive experiences and formation of positive, lasting peer-to-peer relationships.
The festival is still accepting applications from food vendors and any bands interested in performing.
For more information, visit the festival’s website.