Release Date: 06/05/2007

The Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board is inviting everyone to the first-ever New Orleans Seafood Festival featuring cooking demonstrations by the very finest French Quarter chefs, the Louisiana Fishermen's Village, where fishermen will sell their catch right off the boat, and music by Louisiana greats.

Free festival events will be staged throughout the weekend of June 8, 9 and 10 at the Louisiana State Museum's Old U.S. Mint at 400 Esplanade Ave. from noon to 7 p.m. daily.

The Shell Chef's Cooking Demo Stage features some of the great chefs of the French Quarter.  Ralph Brennan, owner of three French Quarter restaurants, took a leading role in gathering the celebrity chefs together.  Chef Mike Regua of Antoine's, Chef Tommy DiGiovanni of Arnaud's, Chef Susan Spicer of Bayona, Chef Joseph Maynard of Begue's, Chef Neil Mockovak of  Bourbon House, Chef Gunter Preuss of Broussard's, Chef Duke Locicero of Cafe Giovanni,  Chef Brian Landry of Galatoire's and Chef Tenney Flynn of GW Fins are just some of the featured talents.

Festival-goers are encouraged to enjoy their favorite seafood dishes at one of these fine dining establishments, as the chefs will be offering special Festival menus. 

The New Orleans Seafood Festival and the LSPMB created the Louisiana Fishermen's Village, a special section of the festival, to extend the opportunity to fishing families to sell direct to festival-goers.

"Our fishermen and restaurateurs are literally in the same boat," said LSPMB Executive Director Ewell Smith.  "This weekend is a major step forward in our recovery efforts. The restaurants win. The fishermen win. The consumers win."

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc. booked the well-loved Louisiana musicians who will be performing at two stages on the grounds.  Kermit Ruffins, Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots, Li'l Freddie King, Tab Benoit, The Bluerunners, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys and Bruce Daigrepont are ready to rock your socks off.

The festival is free and open to the public.

Sara-Ann Harris at 504-283-8292 or