Daiquiri Fest is a celebration of New Orleans' favorite portable potable
Don Ames Reporting
Another festival unique to our area celebrates something else unique to the region...daiquiri shops and go-cups.
The 3rd annual Daiquiri Festival takes place Saturday, from noon to 9 p.m. outdoors at the Michalopoulos Studio courtyard at Elysian Fields and Chartres.
Festival Director Jeremy Thompson says it's purpose is to 'Defend the Daiquiri' and prevent any further restrictions on go-cups...ensuring our freedom to drink outdoors for years to come.
"Basically preserving and celebrating daiquiri shops and go-cup culture...the daiquiri, being an icon for outdoor drinking in many ways."
Thompson wants to prevent any further restrictions on go-cups, a big part of the daiquiri shop business.
"A 'shop' suggests...like, retail, right? You buy something and you go," he says. "It's something unique to this city and this state, something that I see as worth protecting and preserving."
"I don't want to see a future where the French Quarter or Frenchmen Street or anything annexed around there, is sort of the playground where tourists can go or even locals can go, and that's where we get to have our open containers, or something to that effect."
Old New Orleans Rum is the fuel behind the Festival, made with Louisiana Sugar Cane, and distilled right here in New Orleans.
The festival will feature six special craft daiquiris, as well as live music, barbecue and soul food and lots more.
The music lineup includes Sissy Nobby, The Stooges Brass Band and Mississippi Rail Company.