This past weekend was on the chilly side for New Orleans, but that didn’t stop upwards of 50k hungry bread-craving sandwich junkies from crowding Oak St for a chance to take a bite out of Po-Boy Festival. With 36 official vendors, plus the participating Oak St restaurants AND a new food truck area, it wasn’t easy to check out all the fare at the Fest, but sometimes, you just have to take one for the team. Here’s what Po-boy Fest '13 had to offer, if you couldn’t be there.
3. You can’t make a decent po' without decent French bread, so the Leidenheimer bakery delivery man had his work cut out for him. This hasn’t been scientifically tested, but if you stacked all of the loaves of French bread at Po-boy Fest end to end, they’d probably reach France.
4. Perhaps the strangest offering of the day was Wayfare’s “Portuguese man-o-war” po-boy. No, it did not contain any lethal jellyfish-like colonial organisms. Rather, it was fried salted cod (bacalao) with chorizo, Manchego cheese, and arugula on a brandade cake.
15. A detour down Leonidas St would bring you to the food truck corral. Foodie Call offered a porchetta po-boy (bacon-wrapped pork loin thinly sliced, and dressed with arugula and an apple vinaigrette), which easily kept up with the big boys.