New
Orleans is legendary for its cuisine, but the butter- and fish-laden fare has
never been a “big easy” for vegans and healthy eaters—until now. PETA
has been working with New Orleans’ tourism board to adapt this year’s Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival
in Louis Armstrong Park so that each chef offers a vegan gumbo option—for the first time ever. If you’ve been
considering a trip to New Orleans, now is the time to visit!

 

To
promote the landmark event, there will be a vegan gumbo cook-off in the park
on Saturday, November 9. Food writers from across the state and gourmet
chefs will be on hand to judge the vegan gumbos and determine the most
delicious dish. The grand-prize winner will receive a $1,000 gift
certificate to the Food Network’s online store, and the Restaurant Depot and
Whole Foods will also kindly donate prizes to participants.

Response
to the vegan gumbo competition has been positive, with well-known local
eateries such as Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House, Lil’ Dizzy’s, and Ms. Linda’s signing on to
participate. In fact, the event is already at vendor capacity, which can only
mean that hundreds of New Orleanians are about to discover how easy it is to
transform traditional comfort food into scrumptious vegan cuisine. They might
even feel like they’ve died and gone to vegan gumbo heaven.

The
festival is free and produced by the nonprofit New Orleans Jazz Heritage Festival
and Foundation. We hope to see you there! But if you can’t make it to the
festival in person, you can still put on some jazz and try out this recipe for Louisiana vegetable gumbo.

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Article source: PETA Action Alerts

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