Boudin, Bourbon and Beer
The three B’s take New Orleans by “dark and stormy” on November 3, bringing together delicious fare and the best beverages in town. It’s the festival designed by Chef Emeril Lagasse, held at Champions Square, and the ultimate foodie event everyone looks forward to. However, it’s so much more than food and drink—it’s an experience.
Chef Emeril brings celebrity chef peers like Mario Batali and Donald Link to the festival as headliners. Every year there are new guest stars and a few surprises. You never know who might be whipping up your next tasting flight. Live entertainment keeps the party going all day, New Orleans style, and taking a break to dance to some jazz can rev up that appetite for round two.
Abita Beer has always been a major sponsor of the event, and you’ll discover what pairs best with their Abita Amber and Turbodog. Buffalo Trace from Kentucky is another favorite, and professional mixologists are on hand to customize a cocktail just for you. Head to the cigar tastings lounge, hosted by top brands like Nat Sherman for a little digestif.
One of the main stars, boudin, originated in Europe but was perfected in Louisiana. Part of the Cajun culture, the sausage-esque dish uses a pork rice dressing which is then filled in pork casings with herbs. It’s often dubbed the Cajun hot dog.
Don’t miss out on the rare varieties, like white boudin, or options with alligator and crawfish.