It was warm but breezy for the 32nd annual Creole Tomato Fest, Naked Bike Ride and the Gay Pride Parade (my next 2 posts). The Fest featured cocktails, food demos and kid play areas but we focused on the food booths and music. Little Freddie King and his band commanded the stage with blues. A beloved local musician, King kept the crowd dancing with his guitar riffs and gravelly, soulful voice.
We headed to George’s Produce Co. for my favorite dish every year, The Pontchartrain – sliced Creole tomatoes with lump crab meat dressed in remoulade ($8). Last year it won Best of the Fest’s “Tastiest Dish.” We also had The Beau Coup from George’s – Creole tomato, avocado and onion with vinaigrette ($8).
A sprinkle of rain cooled the day for Darcy Malone and the Tangle, the energetic band I just discovered at French Quarter Fest. When they dug into You Can Leave Your Hat On, Malone’s raspy funk-soul, Betty Davis-like voice really kicked into gear. It was the perfect lead into the Naked Bike Ride that rolled through their set.
We finished the Fest with another serving of The Pontchartrain from George’s Produce Co., a Creole Tomato, Basil & Mozzarella Crepe ($7) with bacon ($1) from Crepes a la Carte and Burrata Caprese ($6) from PIZZA Domenica.
Naked Bike Ride is next!