NOCCI's festival season officially kicks of tomorrow with NOLA FoodFest. We can't wait to see all our your smiling faces enjoying the delicious food, great music and fun! Before heading to the festival, make sure you're prepared by reading the third and final installment of our festival survival guide.
- Surviving kids.
- Surviving groups.
- Surviving port-o-potties.
So, it’s an “all-ages” event and you want to bring the kids along… GREAT! Festivals can be a ton of fun for kids. Check out if the festival has a kid’s activity area to keep them busy. If the festival doesn’t have a kid’s area, be sure to pack your own activities. We know an iPod will keep them occupied, but festivals should be genuine family fun, so pack a football, some bubbles or any other easy to carry toy.
Don’t forget to pack snacks for your little one(s). If you have a picky eater and you are at a food festival, the last thing you want to hear is that someone is hungry… Bring snacks!
It’s fun to go to festivals with friends. As we mentioned in the previous blog, it’s smart to have a portable phone charger to keep in touch with friends (and take some really great pictures). If you have an iPhone, you can even “share your location” with your group, so no one gets lost at those larger scale festivals. A meeting spot is always useful. We suggest scoping one out when you first arrive and establishing that as your spot for the rest of the weekend. It’s also smart to have a “festival buddy” to accompany you when you have to break off from the group to get something to eat or drink, or to use the bathroom.
Port-o-potties… everyone’s favorite festival affair! Clearly we’re not being serious, but there are certainly ways to make your port-o-potty experience a little less miserable. Whenever we get to a festival, we always check out the port-o-potty situation first. Sometimes you can find a less frequented port-o-potty, which may have toilet paper until the very end. Just in case they’re all pretty frequented, we suggest bringing your own roll along. Also, pack some hand sanitizer to keep yourself nice and clean! You can thank us later.
With these tips under your belt, you will survive festival season like a pro! Come out and put your new skills to the test at one of our upcoming spring festivals:
FoodFest – April 2nd & 3rd @ Riverwalk’s Spanish Plaza
For more information visit www.nolafoodfest.com
New Orleans Wine & Food Experience- May 26th – 29th @ Various Locations
For more information visit www.nowfe.com
New Orleans Oyster Festival – June 4th & 5th @ Woldenberg Park
For more information visit www.neworleansoysterfestival.org