When NOLA Comes To Town

by Amanda Smith on March 31, 2016 in Food+Drink, Travels, Austin,

Just when the dust of Spring Break excitement was beginning to settle, Ryan Sanders Entertainment and the Cedar Park Center to take you back to Bourbon Street at the inaugural NOLA, Texas Food and Music Festival on April 3.

NOLA-AusCrawdilloCombining the flair of New Orleans with the culture of cajun cooking and music this Austin-based festival is sure to let the good times roll. The NOLA, Texas Food and Music Festival is launching for the first time in the spirit of bringing together the colorful cuisine and music that define both vibrant regions. The festival doors open at noon at the Cedar Park Center. Representing the flavors of New Orleans, acclaimed chef, cookbook author, and restaurateur John Besh will be teaming with Chef John Russ of Lüke San Antonio (Besh’s first eatery outside Louisiana) to serve a Big Easy VIP Brunch, bursting with signature New Orleans style dishes as well as a bottomless crawfish boil starting at 11a.m.

Besh will be representing the big easy as the festival kicks off. Courtesy photo
Besh will be representing the big easy as the festival kicks off. Courtesy photo

The culinary event kicks off the festival’s top tier music acts including Austin-legend Bob Schneider, Dr. John, Leon Russell, Asleep at the Wheel, Cowboy Mouth, Robert Randolph & The Family Band and New Breed Brass Band among others.

Crawfish King Chris “Shaggy” Davis will head up the highly anticipated crawfish boil, with “All-You-Can Eat Crawfish” tickets that can be purchased in advance or on the day of the festival.

The Besh Big Easy Brunch starts at 11a.m. and music begins at 1p.m. Tickets also include early access to the festival, a meet-and-greet with John Besh, front stage access to both stages, free parking, and an all-you-can-eat crawfish wristband. Tickets are available online and at the Cedar Park Center Box Office. More info can be found here.