We are always looking for an excuse to visit Chalmette, Louisiana. It’s one of our favorite destinations for a day trip in the New Orleans area. The folks out in St Bernard Parish could not be friendlier and the region is littered with dozens of great, under the radar places to eat.

Our Lady Of Prompt Succor In Chalmette

Our Lady Of Prompt Succor In Chalmette

It’s not much to look at but the eating’s real good.

Chalmette Tomato Festival

Chalmette Tomato Festival

But this past weekend we were mainly interested in Chalmette due to their long running tomato festival and a chance to meet the Queen, the Tomato Queen.

2015 Chalmette Tomato Festival

2015 Chalmette Tomato Festival

As you certainly know, when there’s a festival in Louisiana, the organizers always have a pageant to determine who the queen is. In this instance Kelsea Glorioso emerged victorious in what was undoubtedly a knock down drag out of an affair.

Tomatoes a la Chalmette

Tomatoes a la Chalmette

Our Lady Of Prompt Succor Catholic Church is the host for the Chalmette Tomato Festival. It sits hard up against the blacktop of Paris Road just a few minutes north of the Mississippi River. St Bernard Parish Sheriff deputies are busy stringing up steel barricades all over the neighborhood to keep partyers from having a place to park.

2015 Tomato Festival In Chalmette

2015 Tomato Festival In Chalmette

We step onto the grounds and the scene is pure small town carnival. As fate would have it we barely have time to wolf down the festival’s signature dish, Tomato a la Chalmette (fried green tomatoes smothered in a white shrimp sauce) before the Tomato Queen goes swishing by.

Inside Our Lady Of Prompt Succor

Inside Our Lady Of Prompt Succor

Unlike most of the rural queens of Louisiana we’ve met, Kelsea Glorioso does not enjoy preening for the camera. We ask after an impromptu photo shoot and she acquiesces but grudgingly.

Char Grilled Oysters At Chalmette Tomato Festival

Char Grilled Oysters At Chalmette Tomato Festival

We barely get three photos taken before she sprints off, regal bearing scattering like so much dust in the wind.

Tomatoes a la Chalmette

Tomatoes a la Chalmette

Shy queen.

2015 Chalmette Tomato Festival Queen Kelsea Glorioso

2015 Chalmette Tomato Festival Queen Kelsea Glorioso

After strolling about like young bantam roosters for a bit, we prepare to leave. Just as we exit the grounds a deputy sheriff hails us.DSC03416

“Uh oh, we’ve been fingered”

“Did y’all get to try the tomatoes Chalmette?” she excitedly inquires.DSC03417

We stand around for a few minutes jawboning with the law. Positive interaction with sheriffs is hard to come by for the Scrumptious crew so we savor the moment before finally begging off.

We’ve got a ferry to catch to the West Bank for the big Noizefest.

Leaving Chalmette

Leaving Chalmette

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