The Oak Street Po Boy festival celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.
In a city like New Orleans, where fried foods are king and the good times never stop rolling, one sandwich dominates them all. We aren’t talking about your typical hoagie here, people. The “Poor Boy”, pronounced “po boy”, has been a New Orleans staple since the early 1900’s. Starting with the readily available loaf of French bread, the crispy cornucopia of fried southern delicacies has had many creative twists over the past century. In its 10th iteration, the festival now has well over 30 food booths, all with their individual creations. Along with your Po-Boys, there are also over 10 different breweries to choose frothy goodness from. In addition to the food and drink vendors, many of the eateries that are on Oak Street are open, albeit with slightly different operating hours.
While enjoying the delicious food and spirits be sure to shop around as many local vendors will have booths set up for patrons to browse and shop around. Two of my favorite artists, Tippy Tippens and the folks at NOLA Boards, will be in attendance showcasing their amazing art and woodworking goods.
This year at the fest there were three stages devoted to showcasing the distinct musical styles of Louisiana. At the main stage on Oak & Eagle streets, Funk Monkey opened the day with loud brass attitude to knock the sleep out your eyes. On the Pint Alley stage, the Lost Bayou Ramblers and the Honey Island Swamp Band served up traditional Louisiana bayou music charm with a pint. Many folks caught “church” on Sunday when they watched the Saints game on big screen TVs at the Joox stage.
Be sure to catch The Oak Street Po-Boy Festival next year, when it returns for its 11th year in operation. Festival coordinators expect the festival to grow in size and attendance, meaning more delicious booze and bread combos and fantastic live music. The fest is something you do not want to miss, where else can you find so many flavors on one street?