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Jun 11, 2008 09:36 AM

Creole Tomato Festival/NoLa Seafood Festival

My husband and i will be in New Orleans this weekend for our 7th visit. We usually go to JazzFest but couldn't this year and we've always wanted to experience New Orleans when there isn't something big going on. I expect the feel of the city will be very different, and we're looking forward to that.

The Zydeco Festival is what compelled us to choose this weekend and I see that these 2 food festivals are happening too. I've read somewhere that restaurants feature Creole tomatoes around this time. Does anyone have opinions about the wonderfulness of these famed tomatoes?


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  1. There are no tomatoes that compare to creoles. I'm not kidding. If you ever see Liuzza Farms grape creole tomatoes at the grocery buy them, they are like candy. The creole tomato fest is this weekend. Too bad you won't be here for that.

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    1. re: mrsfury

      Creoles are the greatest. I prefer Johnny Becnel's tomatoes...must be the Plaquemines' terroir.
      the fest is this weekend:

      for music and chef line-up:

    2. They are meatier than regular tomatoes, have considerably less gelatinous matter and are very flavorful.

      1. The good news is that the Creoles are safe to eat.

        1. I've read in ads (mostly in the Gambit) that the Seafood/Tomato/Zydeco festivals will also feature the reopening of the farmer's market at the French Market.

          Does anyone know if the farmer's market will be on the same scale as it was pre-K?

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          1. re: cor

            Looks like the original space only revamped..

          2. they are good tomatoes - no doubt about it - and you'll be able to sample some great creative dishes offered by some of the best cooks in the city

            the best part is they'll be fesitval sized servings/prices so you'll be able to try many items

            the only tomatoes that I prefer are san marzanos and my absolute favorite, the Jersey tomato

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            1. re: chef4hire

              .chef, You're absolutely right about the Jersey tomatoes. I bring them back from my dad's garden. Creoles are good but can't compare to these.