May Food Events in NOLA
May is a great time to get outside and enjoy some beautiful weather and some really great food at several fun events in town. Expect some sunshine and hot days, but the evenings this time of year are just fantastic! So, mark your calendars and grab your friends and family for some great upcoming events where you can eat, drink & be merry…
Saturday, May 11th –
Crawfish Mambo at UNO Lakefront Campus The Cove: All you can eat crawfish prepared by 35 teams competing for the title “Crawfish Mambo Boiling Champion”. Live local music, food & beverage vendors, local artists and more fun. First batches of crawfish will be ready at 11am when the gates open. Advance tickets are $15, children 6 and under free!
Friday, May 17th through Sunday May 19th –
Mid-City’s Bayou Boogaloo: A free event along the banks of Mid-City’s beautiful Bayou St. John with tons of live music on three stages, delicious food offerings, local culture and art! Bring your chairs, blankets and kayaks, and enjoy this family-friendly event, while you listen to the local sounds, eat the local food, and set your eyes on fantastic Nola art. Here is a list of the food vendors that will be there.
Tuesdays, May 14 & May 21-
Rolling Through- A Mobile Food Truck Series: These food trucks are rolling through Nola, making stops in Bayou Treme, Central City, Broadmoor, and Bywater/Marigny. With over 8 food trucks at each event, they hope to draw crowds & showcase different neighborhoods in NOLA. Portions of the proceeds go to non-profits.
Sunday, May 19th –
Food Truck Soiree: Hosted by My House Nola will feature 9 food trucks at The Rusty Nail on Sunday May 19th from 12-7pm Trucks in attendance: The Fat Falafel, Empanada Intifada, Foodie Call, Frencheeze, La Cocinita, Grilling Shelling, Beignet Roule, NOLA Girl, Brigade Coffee.
Wednesday, May 22nd through Saturday, May 25th –
New Orleans Wine & Food Experience (NOWFE): Indulge your senses at the 21st New Orleans Wine & Food Experience, a heaven on earth experience for the foodie & wine lover! 100% of the NOWFE proceeds will go towards fighting hunger in the community and supporting culinary education. Tickets for these events do tend to sell out, so get them before they are gone.
Wednesday 22nd: Make your reservation to secure your spot for a most impressive wine dinner Wednesday evening at one of 30 fine local restaurants where Nola chefs pair exceptional meals with remarkable wines from around the world.
Thursday 23rd: Thursday’s NOWFE events include Vinola, the premium tasting event held this year at The Omni Hotel Royal Ballroom from 2:30-5pm. Food bites from Boucherie, Coquette, Maurepas Foods, Root, Sobou & The Sweet Palate. Also on Thursday is the Royal Street Stroll, from 5:30-8:30pm on the 200-900 blocks of Royal St. Enjoy food from Antoine’s, Bourbon House, Galvez Restaurant, G.W. Fins, Kingfish, The Pelican Club & Hard Rock Café. This year, a food-truck zone will be added on the 800 block. Featured vendors include La Cocinita, Frencheeze, Foodie Call, & Ms. Linda the Ya-Ka-Mein Lady. Stroll the charming streets and take pleasure in some of New Orleans’ best offerings. Live jazz will be heard all around while you tantalize your tastebuds with delicious food and wine offerings.
Friday 24th and Saturday 25th:
Friday and Saturday’s events include an array of seminars showcasing different celebrity chefs and/or winemakers, including food, wine and champagne tastings galore. A “Grand Tasting” event will also take place with 75 chefs & 175 wineries offering a “Grand” experience and culminating the event will be “Funkin’ it Up!” with live musical performances, live auction, awards from the John Besh Foundation, and a lifetime achievement award to Ms. Leah Chase. An after-party at Borgne will take place beginning at 10pm where some tasty late night snacks, more drinks, and more musical performances will take place to end this year’s food and wine experience.
Friday May 24 through Sunday, May 26 –
Greek Fest: – Opa! Greek Fest celebrates its 40th anniversary in Nola at Holy Trinity Cathedral, 1200 Robert E. Lee Boulevard. Tons of fun and food, including live Greek music, Hellenic dancers, authentic Greek cuisine, canoe rides on Bayou St. John, ‘Mount Olympus’ climbing wall, inflatables, face painting & art for the kids…you can take a tour of the Cathedral given by church historians or dress up in toga on Sunday! Tickets are $5 and children 12 and under are free!
by Erica Ramsarran