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Posted: Friday, 28 March 2014 12:27PM

Weekend events March 28-30

Festival season is truly off to a running start. As the nasty weather moves out, lovers of good food, fun and music will find plenty of ways to keep busy in the last days of a rollercoaster March. Enjoy!

Hogs for the Cause March 28 - 29
City "Pork" Festival Grounds
Many teams competing in the High on the Hog pork cookoff as well as a plethora of fantastic bands performing live. Hogs For the Cause is a non-profit organization that hosts an annual music and food festival to raise money for pediatric brain cancer care. Each year over 80 teams will compete to be crowned the Louisiana pork champion. Attendees are invited to vote for help choose the winners by donating to their favorite team by sampling their food. While teams battle it out on the grill, music will be playing throughout the day and into the night. 

Italian Heritage Festival March 28 - 30
Historic Rivertown District of Kenner 
Mama Mia, everyone is family at Festa Italiana! Enjoy bruscialoni and cannolis then dance the night away with some of your favorite local bands: The Top Cats, The Yat Pack, Bucktown Allstars, and more. Saturday features a legendary Italian name with Lena Prima performing. Eat, drink, and be Italian in Kenner?s historic Rivertown. Visit http://www.italianheritagefestival.com/ for the full line-up.

Terrytown Spring Festival March 28 - 30
Oakwood Shopping Center; 197 W. Bank Expressway
Terrytown hosts its annual Spring Festival this weekend.  Get ready to dance with musical artists such as Bag of Donuts, Grand Funk Railroad, and Amanda Shaw.  Everyone will find something to do with options like: rides, games, crafts and food.

NOLA FoodFest March 29-30
French Market, 1235 N Peters St
NOLA FoodFest is a weekend-long celebration of America’s hometown eats that brings chefs from across the country to New Orleans to serve their regional specialties. Highlights include the “America’s Hometown Sweets” kickoff party benefiting Cafe? Reconcile, two-dozen restaurateurs and the annual Beignet Eating Contest. Food from Antoine’s Restaurant, Broussard’s, Cafe Reconcile, Central BBQ (Memphis, TN), Gus’s Fried Chicken (Memphis, TN), Jacque Imos, Louie Mueller BBQ (Taylor, TX), Prejean’s (Lafayette, LA) and many more.

8th Annual Louisiana Oyster Jubilee March 29
300 block of Bourbon Street

The Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board, on behalf of the Oyster Task Force, and New Orleans Musical Legends, Inc. are hosting the 8th annual Louisiana Oyster Jubilee. The Oyster Jubilee celebrates the local delicacy that is an integral part of the unique culinary culture of Louisiana. Chefs will compete to win the title of the “Best Oyster Po-Boy” in New Orleans. Some of the restaurants will present their version of the oyster po-boy to a team of judges for the competition. The Jubilee will feature the Longest Oyster Po-Boy, built by over 30 of New Orleans’ renowned restaurants. The colossal po-boy will be stuffed with 5,500 Louisiana harvested oysters and sprawl across 340 feet of Bourbon Street. After the ceremonial cutting, the po-boy will be distributed for free to oyster lovers in the 300 block of Bourbon Street and is expected to be devoured within minutes.

LA/SPCA's Dog Day Afternoon March 30
City Park's Big Lake Lawn
Sign up for Dog Day win fabulous prizes, keg party at The Bulldog, Haydel's, Mardi Gras Bead Dog and more. Festivities for the event include pet-friendly vendors and contests, live music, kids tent, food, and beer & margarita bar. Sign up and make your pet famous!

Photo courtesy Aris Vrackas, Flickr

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