This past weekend a few of us took to the streets to savor the Roadfood Festival over in New Orleans. What is it? Roadfood spotlights the fantastic regional dishes found along our American roads and highways -- in small towns, along railroad tracks, and in our neighborhoods. The festival brought in food from renowned restaurants and chefs from various parts of the country, all to create "a weekend to celebrate and savor the delicious diversity of our country's food." If the sentiment sounds nice, the execution was even nicer -- the festival itself was free and featured dozens of booths with fabulous foods, folks and fun. Stunning weather might have contributed as well.
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Weekend events included a beignet-eating contest and the assembly/eating of the world's largest oyster po' boy. Our group sampled everything from Maine seafood chowder to Louisiana crawfish pies -- plus alligator, gumbo, po' boys, and jambalaya. Ca c'est bon! But even though we traveled from afar(ish), our favorite sample of all turned out to be something from much closer to home: Louie Mueller's gorgeous brisket, no sauce needed, from nearby Taylor, Texas. We devoured sample after sample, and then gave quiet thanks that New Orleans is a walking town. *Burp*