150 arts and crafts booths sell wares at Destrehan Fest
Nancy Robert, executive director of the plantation, said that she hopes 15,000 people will attend the two-day festival which goes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 13 and 14.
“We’re looking to set a record this year. We’ve had big crowds before and we think that if the weather cooperates, it’s a wonderful time of the year to enjoy the outdoors,” Robert said. “Bring the whole family and enjoy the weekend with us.”
For just $7 per person and no charge for children 12 and under, parishioners can take a step back in time by touring the plantation and watching time period demonstrations. They can also jump back into the present with arts and crafts and Euro-bungy jumping.
This year, the festival boasts a new musical act: an authentic calliope.
“A gentleman from Natchez will be performing calliope music,” Robert said. “It sounds like an old fashioned calliope captain on the river. It’s a wonderful addition to our festival.”
This year’s entertainment line-up includes Kayla Woodson and LA Lightning from 10 a.m.-noon and Summer Breeze Band from 12:30-4 p.m. on Saturday. On Sunday, live calliope music will be played from 10 a.m.-noon and Local Option 2 will play from 12:30-4 p.m.
The festival will also be an opportunity for crafty parishioners to browse over 150 arts and crafts booths. The booths will include a variety of wares, including pottery, jewelry, dolls, stained glass and ceramics.
Antiques will also be for sale, with over 20 vendors in the plantation’s Mule Barn.
And for those parishioners whose stomachs rule their schedule, traditional Louisiana foods will be plentiful at the event. Booths will be set up selling cochon de lait po-boys, corn and crab bisque, pork and crawfish boudin, alligator sausage and much more. For the kids and adults with a sweet tooth, the festival will have traditional Italian cookies, kettle corn, beignets, snoballs, caramel apples and roasted peanuts.
The really unique part of the plantation’s festival will be the time period demonstrations done by the staff, including presentations on open hearth cooking, indigo dying and bousillege construction. For the children, face painting, pony rides and Euro-bungy jumping will be available.
With the Saints having a bye-week, there is no excuse for football fans to miss this year’s festival.
“It’ll be a great time for football fans to come out, give the TV a break and listen to some live entertainment,” Robert said.
During the festival, the plantation will offer guided tours for an additional fee.
All admission fees to the festival will go to site development of Destrehan Plantation, a non-profit organization. For more information,visit www.DestrehanPlantation.org.
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