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Jul 29, 2009 12:33 PM

voodoofest - good eats?

We will be in town for our second consecutive voodoofest. Last year, unlike jazzfest, we were underwhelmed by the food selection. Of course, there's a good chance we missed the highlights. Does anyone have any must visit recommendations on the grounds?

Thanks in advance.

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  1. food choices at VDF are shockingly bad. If you missed highlights, so did i.

    1. Agreed--Voodoo ranks last on my list for festival food, and that list includes minor events like the Plaquemines Orange Festival [chargrilled oysters!] and the Chalmette Crawfish Festival [crawfish, of course!]. I don't have any recommendations, other than that a daiquiri can dull the pain of a mediocre meal.

      If you want to blow off the park for a little, Parkway Bakery is within walking distance, as are the places near the intersection of Carrollton and Canal.

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      1. re: midcity

        How can this be in New Orleans???? I just don't get it. Good as the off-site choices nearby can be, you shouldn't have to leave any festival in these parts to get decent, no, excellent food.

        1. re: nomadchowwoman

          Because the guy that runs it could care less about the food. He's not trying to be another Jazz Fest that celebrates everything about the city. To Rehage, it's just a music festival and the food is secondary, unlike Jazz Fest where I know people who go just for the food.

        2. re: midcity

          thanks for this. Maybe we will do some neighborhood excursions during "lulls" in the schedule.

        3. VDF has great music but doesnt have great food. thats an unfortunate fact, jack.

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          1. Don't they have crawfish monica? It ain't jazzfest, but it's not that bad. We go every year and although the food doesn't shine, I don't recall it being terrible either. The food's just blah. The weather and the music are the real highlights.

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            1. re: N.O.Food

              For me, "blah" is bad; in NOLA, blah is terrible. And don't stone me, but crawfish monica alone wouldn't do it for me. (I don't recall seeing it last year--maybe I missed it--but it would have been far better than any of the several things we tried last year. I felt like I could have been at any old fair anywhere for the food selections.)
              Yes, music is its raison d'etre, and I wouldn't have missed R. E. M. for anything, but why can't we have music and good food?
              Maybe I'm wrong, but with great food, Voodoo Fest might draw more people.