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voodoofest - good eats?

helltopay Jul 29, 2009 12:33 PM

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.

  1. N.O.Food Jul 30, 2009 06:39 PM

    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
      nomadchowwoman Aug 3, 2009 09:08 AM

      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.

    2. k
      kibbles Jul 30, 2009 10:17 AM

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

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      1. re: kibbles
        JazzyB Aug 3, 2009 08:52 AM

        ditto kibbles.

      2. m
        midcity Jul 29, 2009 07:06 PM

        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
          nomadchowwoman Jul 30, 2009 01:46 PM

          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
            roro1831 Jul 30, 2009 01:52 PM

            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
            helltopay Aug 3, 2009 04:15 PM

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

          3. nomadchowwoman Jul 29, 2009 03:56 PM

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

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