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Four food fetes to whet your ap­petite.

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Four food fes­ti­vals to de­vour.


Mud­bug fans get their fill May 1-3 dur­ing this sec­ond an­nual chow down. Chris “Shaggy” Davis and his NOLA Craw­fish King crew team up with NOLA Brew­ery and Cen­tral City BBQ to serve up spe­cialty brews, killer ’cue and more than 5,000 pounds of fresh-boiled craw­dads. Twenty teams bat­tle it out in the “Ul­ti­mate Craw­fish Cook-0ff,” while a gumbo of lo­cal mu­si­cians per­forms each day from 3 to 10 pm. This year’s lineup in­cludes Ivan Neville, Eric Lin­dell, Ge­orge Porter Jr., Grammy win­ner Jon Cleary and dozens of oth­ers. 1201 S. Ram­part St.; no­lacraw­fish­fest.com


Hun­gry for more? Head to the Univer­sity of New Or­leans May 13 for the city’s largest craw­dad cook-off, where 50-plus teams boil up 10 sacks each ... and you get to try them all. All-day, all-you-can-eat craw­fish cou­pled with live mu­sic and lo­cal art make for one great af­ter­noon along the lake­front. Big ap­petite? Sign up for the “Peel N’ Eat” com­pe­ti­tion. 2000 Lakeshore Dr., 504.280.2586; craw­fish­mambo.com


This an­nual foodie fa­vorite pops the cork on 25 years of cheers and culi­nary cel­e­bra­tion May 25-28. The fun kicks off with top-notch tast­ings from worl­drenowned vint­ners, fol­lowed by a vino-fu­eled stroll along Royal Street, and cul­mi­nates with the Big Gateaux Show, an over-thetop pas­try com­pe­ti­tion-meets­bur­lesque re­vue. In be­tween are sem­i­nars and sym­po­siums geared to con­nois­seurs, wine-themed din­ners at restau­rants citywide and the Grand Tast­ing at Mardi Gras World, fea­tur­ing more than 1,000 vin­tages and blue-rib­bon dishes by 75 of the city’s top chefs. Var­i­ous venues; nowfe.com


Pastit­sio, sou­vlaki, tiro­pita, keft­edes, louk­oumades, baklava, gala­to­couriko, kouram­biedes; it’s all Greek—and de­li­cious sound­ing— to us. Held on the grounds of the na­tion’s old­est Greek Or­tho­dox Church May 26-28, this Hel­lenic hoe­down is worth seek­ing out and sav­ing stom­ach space for. Pome­gran­ate daiquiris and ouzo Jello shots? Opa! 1200 Robert E. Lee Blvd., greek­fest­nola.com

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