If you aren’t lucky enough to live in the New Orleans area, there’s a reason that October is a fantastic time to visit. Friday will kick off one of the biggest weekends of the year on the West Bank when the City of Gretna hosts the 17th annual Gretna Heritage Festival.
Over 25 city blocks will be filled with music, food, games and crafts and it’s one of my favorite events. There will be big name acts like Joe Cocker, Foreigner, Big & Rich and Leon Russell. Local favorites Amanda Shaw, Louis Prima Jr., The Iguanas, Chicken on the Bone and many more will fill stages from the riverfront to the Old Post Office.
Stroll the streets of downtown Gretna and fill your bags with goodies from the tents that line the sidewalks. Home decorations, jewelry, clothing, knick knacks and art all abound at the festival, including this year’s official festival poster.
And the food? Oh my gosh. The food. Sweet. Salty. Fried. Baked. Covered in sauce or served with a side. Whatever you might dream of having, you’ll probably find it at the Fest. Speaking of finding, you can find me off and on all weekend at the Krewe of Choctaw booth, where we will be serving up shrimp and catfish po-boys and hot and spicy crawfish pies.
If you haven’t experienced a Gretna Fest, don’t miss it! See ya at the Fest.