Few things satisfy the palate more than a bowl of steaming-hot, spicy-hot Creole gumbo. There’s no better place to celebrate this dish than in Treme, one of the oldest neighborhoods in the United States. And what better experience than a festival filled with brass music to bring it all together? Treme Creole Gumbo Festival does just that.

Taste all different kinds of gumbo like this one, featuring okra, sausage, and seafood, at Treme Creole Gumbo Festival. (Photo via Treme Creole Gumbo Festival on Facebook)

Taste all different kinds of gumbo like this one, featuring okra, sausage, and seafood, at Treme Creole Gumbo Festival. (Photo: Treme Creole Gumbo Festival via Facebook)

The festival is held in Congo Square and Louis Armstrong Park, in the neighborhood now widely known from the HBO hit series “Treme.” Hosted by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, the Treme Creole Gumbo Fest is a celebration of all things that make New Orleans unique: its food, its music, its art and its ambiance that draws millions of visitors from all over the world every year.

And the best part? Admission to this two-day New Orleans festival is free.

The highlight of the Treme Creole Gumbo Festival, in addition to the gumbo of its theme, is the great traditional New Orleans jazz performed by its world-renowned New Orleans brass bands. Ten of them will be performing over the two days of the festival, five on each day. The schedule is as follows:

2016 Treme Creole Gumbo Performance Schedule

Saturday, November 12

11:00 am to 12:15 pm    Jack Brass Band

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm     Treme Brass Band

1:45 pm to 2:45 pm       Paul Brothers Brass Band

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm       New Breed Brass Band

4:15 pm to 5:30 pm       To Be Continued Brass Band

6:00 pm to 7:15 pm        Soul Brass Band

Sunday, November 13
11:00 am to 12:00 pm    Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Brass Band

12:15 pm to 1:30 pm      Panorama Jazz Band

2:00 pm to 3:15 pm        Caesar Brothers Funk Box

3:45 pm to 4:45 pm        Pinettes Brass Band

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm        Hot 8 Brass Band

6:15 pm to 7:15 pm        Rebirth Brass Band

The Rebirth Brass Band. Photo: Jeffery Dupuis

The Rebirth Brass Band. Photo: Jeffery Dupuis

Cooking Demonstrations Schedule

This year, you’ll be able to attend cooking demonstrations hosted by some of the city’s most renowned gumbo chefs. Since the preparation of gumbo is such a traditional endeavor, seeing how these legends cook their gumbo will help your own technique.

Saturday, November 12

1:30 pm   Susan Spicer, of Bayona, Mondo & Rosedale Restaurants

2:45 pm   Leah Chase, of Dooky Chase Restaurant

Sunday, November 13

1:30 pm   Wayne Baquet, of Li’l Dizzy’s Café

2:45 pm   Tanya Dubuclet, of Neyow’s Creole Café

Cooking gumbo is an intricate process. Photo: Sarah Roahan

Cooking gumbo is an intricate process. Photo: Sarah Roahan

New Orleans’ Favorite Festival Foods

In addition, you’ll discover some of the best gumbo cooking to be found in the region. Representing the cultural mix of New Orleans cuisine, gumbo is a type of soup that is a signature dish at many of the city’s great restaurants, several of which always maintain a presence at the festival. The ingredients of gumbo vary from one cook to another, but basic elements usually include okra, chicken, sausage, shrimp, crab, crawfish, oysters, and other types of seafood and fish. It is traditionally served with white rice and should be at least mildly spicy. The sign of a good gumbo is, when you bite into it, it should bite back!

You’ll find other signature New Orleans foods at the festival as well, including shrimp and grits, fried catfish and – for dessert – bread pudding and hot peach cobbler. Check out the full 2016 menu here.

In between dancing and eating, be sure to check out the large arts market that will be on the premises. This is your great chance to stock up on local, handmade art, jewelry, and crafts before the holiday shopping rush.

For more information about the festival, visit the Treme Creole Gumbo Festival website.

It's just a quick 15-minute walk from Hotel Monteleone to Louis Armstrong Park, the site of Treme Creole Gumbo Festival.

It’s just a quick 15-minute walk from Hotel Monteleone to Louis Armstrong Park, the site of Treme Creole Gumbo Festival.

Getting There

One of the perks of staying in the Hotel Monteleone is the proximity to many New Orleans iconic destinations. Louis Armstrong park is one of those places that’s just an easy 15-minute stroll down Royal Street away.

Exploring the Quarter on a November weekend is an unforgettable experience, and thanks to our location, it’s sure to be stress-free. Booking a stay in our French Quarter hotel means you’re just steps away from an infinite amount of New Orleans adventures!