Got room on your plate for one more food festival? NOLA Mac n Cheese Fest is coming to New Orleans in the fall.
Kent Broussard, who co-owns No Problem Raceway in Belle Rose, and his partner in life and in the new festival, Julie Egren, are in the thick of planning the event. They have settled on the date and time, Oct. 21, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and have permits for the location, Armstrong Park. Their website, NolaMmacnCheeseFest.com
The festival will be a free, family-friendly event, with food and drink for sale and live music, Broussard said.
The couple has feelers out to restaurants and musicians and are working on the logistics of how they plan to arrange the festival inside the park, Broussard said.
Why mac and cheese?
“After the Fried Chicken Fest, neither one of us could believe how was there not a fried chicken festival before that,” Broussard said. Julie said, “Listen, you couldn’t invent the Post-it Note and you couldn’t come up with Fried Chicken Fest, what’s wrong with you?”
“Two weeks later, she said, ‘What about a mac and cheese fest? I thought, there has to be one of those,” he said.
The couple looked around found one in Chicago, but not many others and not one in Louisiana. They got to work.