Sarah Melerine Is The 2016 Teen Queen Of Louisiana Crawfish  Festival

Sarah Melerine Is The 2016 Teen Queen Of Louisiana Crawfish Festival

2000 lightning strikes in one hour.

2016 Chalmette Tomato Festival

2016 Chalmette Tomato Festival

That was the news breaking out of Acadiana Sunday morning as we prepped up for the Li’l Buck Senegal show at Ace Hotel in New Orleans.

2016 Our Lady Of Prompt Succor

2016 Our Lady Of Prompt Succor

Time to assess the situation. With ink black clouds scooting toward the 9th Ward from Kenner we had to shelve our morning concert plans and instead make a break for St Bernard Parish where the 2016 Chalmette Tomato Fest was on its last day.

2016 Chalmette Tomato Fest Is Ageless

2016 Chalmette Tomato Fest Is Ageless

Catch Li’l Buck and surely the deluge would cancel the tomato party by the time we could get out to Our Lady Of Prompt Succor.

Alexis Nicole Wilson, 2016 Louisiana Crawfish Festival Queen

Alexis Nicole Wilson, 2016 Louisiana Crawfish Festival Queen

Since 1952 da Parish has been throwing one of the best food parties in all of Louisiana; a fete celebrating the humble tomato grown in the rich soil surrounding Chalmette, one of our favorite small towns in the state.

Tomatoes a la Chalmette

Tomatoes a la Chalmette

Tomatoes a la Chalmette is the signature dish of the party and with good reason. Green tomatoes are dipped in a slurry of flour and water before being crusted with bread crumbs and given a quick trip through a vat of hot, clear oil. Garnish is a velvety sauce studded with tiny baby shrimps.

The Good Times Are Boundless In Chalmette Louisiana

The Good Times Are Boundless In Chalmette Louisiana

This is some of the finest festival food in our great state.

Champion Caliber Jambalaya In St Bernard Parish

Champion Caliber Jambalaya In St Bernard Parish

Just as we finished our feast fat drops of rain began pelting the blacktop church parking lot. We made a mad dash to the truck just as all Hell broke loose. Gale force winds sent tents ripping through the air and torrents of rain whished the crowd running madly for cover.

2016 Our Lady Of Prompt Succor Tomato Festival

2016 Our Lady Of Prompt Succor Tomato Festival

We sped back to New Orleans praying that the NoizeFest would not be cancelled.

Teen Tomato Queen

Teen Tomato Queen

Scenes from last year’s party

More pictures to come on Chowpapi

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