Watch: Ep. 3 | French Quarter Festival | Tastemade

New Orleans really knows how to party.

Of all the amazing music and food festivals in Louisiana, I think it’s fair to say that NOLA is party central, U.S.A. (Mardi Gras, anyone?).

I learned all about New Orleans’ party style when I attended the French Quarter Festival, just one of the MANY events held in the French Quarter every year. This 4-day fest celebrates the city’s wonderful culture, upbeat music and drool-inducing, AH-mazingly delicious foods with origins stemming from all over the world.

Gumbo, Étouffée, Jambalaya, Muffulettas, Po’boy, Crawfish, Red Beans and Rice… and that was just my breakfast…

Learning how to swing dance with Chance Bushman of the NOLA Jitterbugs and about 200 other festival goers.

Learning how to swing dance with Chance Bushman of the NOLA Jitterbugs and about 200 other festival goers.

Even putting the food aside for a sec, the local music alone is worth the plane ticket. The fest represents every genre from traditional and contemporary jazz to R&B, New Orleans funk, brass bands, folk, gospel, Latin, Zydeco, classical, cabaret and international.

Bonus: Let’s also not forget, the French Quarter has the honor of hosting, “The World’s Largest Jazz Brunch” in Jackson Square. Last year, they estimated more than 760,000 people in attendance.

There are so many awesome things about this festival, I could go on and on. Why don’t you just watch the video and see for yourself…

My latest episode in Tastemade’s Quest for the Fest series has me getting an education on the differences between Cajun and Creole food, learning to swing dance, making beignets from scratch and eating SO. MANY. Po’Boys.

“They say that the music and the food are the heartbeats to the city…”

Watch to find out just how true this statement is… and see how many Po’Boys I ate during this trip…

If you’re ever planning a trip to New Orleans, I highly recommend checking this festival out. It is the largest FREE outdoor festival in the entire continental United States. Oh, and it’s loads of fun.

To watch more of this series, click Quest for the Fest on the Tastemade App on iTunes and online.

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