NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The 2nd annual Beignet Fest has been rescheduled, and some exciting new elements have been thrown into the mix.
The festival was originally scheduled for the first Saturday in October, but has been rescheduled to Saturday December 2nd.
The festival will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Festival Grounds in New Orleans City Park.
The event is free and will feature over 20 beignet dishes from sweet to savory.
Live music will be played throughout the day from some of the city's most popular performers.
"We're thrilled to be able to have the event this year – just on a different date," said Festival Founder Sherwood Collins. "City Park helped us identify a new date quickly when we were faced with the threat of Hurricane Nate in the beginning of October. And all our food vendors were incredibly accommodating, adjusting their plans to participate on December 2."
Due to tour schedules, the following music schedule changes were:
• Hill Country Hounds, 10:30-11:15 AM
• One Love Brass Band, 12:00- 1:00 PM
• John "Papa" Gros Band, 1:50-3:00 PM
• Brass-A-Holics, 3:45-4:45 PM
Both Eric Lindell and the Imagination Movers, originally scheduled for this year's event, have committed to playing at next year's Beignet Fest.
"Despite a couple of changes with the music schedule, the December date has actually given us a chance to add new features, one of which is a Holiday Artist Village," said Collins. "We put the idea out there, and our local artist community responded enthusiastically."
The following artists will be participating in the Holiday Artist Village:
• Art by Jane Brewster
• Bontemps Boutique
• Clay Creations
• Discovery Toys
• Fit to be Tied
• John Darre Fine Art
• Joshua Lee Studio
• Kabuki Design Studio
• Kiki Huston Jewelry
• Lizano Glass Haus
• Michelle Benson Huck Pottery
• Party Pirogues
• Shae Shea
• Shaun Alleman Art and Design
• Square Peg Woodworks
• Stephen Darre Art
• Still Waters Jewelry
• Tchoup Industries
The VIP Experience for the festival has also been updated, which will now be opened to all ages with new ticketing ticket options. Those tickets can be purchased in advance on www.beignetfest.com.
The VIP Experience includes a prime, private viewing area in front of the stage with a tented area just off to the side of the stage.
There will also be dedicated restrooms and complimentary beverages inside the VIP Experience tent, including bottled water courtesy of Robért French Market, cold brew coffee from FrenchMarket Coffee, beer by Abita Brewing Co, and mimosas by Barefoot Wines.
As usual, food and beverage tickets will be sold on site and must be used to purchase the different beignet dishes, as well as all beverages. No outside food and beverages are allowed.
Proceeds from the sale of food and beverages benefit the Tres Doux Foundation, which makes grants to local autism programs in
Greater New Orleans.
For more information about Beignet Fest, visit www.beignetfest.com.
Check out the menu and a map of the festival ground here: