Downriver Festival

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September 10 @ 11:00 am6:30 pm

The fourth annual Downriver Festival will be held Saturday September 10th, 2016, at the Old U.S. Mint and the French Market, featuring lectures, live music, and culinary demonstrations that celebrate all aspects of the Mississippi River’s influences. This year’s theme is OYSTERS AND THE FUTURE OF OUR COAST.  Full schedule of events coming soon! Stay posted on details by following our Downriver Festival page on Facebook!

(New Orleans, Louisiana—August 12, 2016): On Saturday September 10th from 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., the 4th annual Downriver Festival will offer another multisensory celebration of the Mississippi River at the Old U.S. Mint and French Market. Live music, cooking demonstrations, presentations and panels, walking tours, and informational displays will reflect this year’s 2016 theme of Oysters & The Future of our Coast.

Presented by a coalition of organizations and institutions that includes the Louisiana State Museum, The Friends of the Cabildo, The French Market Corporation, The New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, the Louisiana Museum Foundation and Slow Food New Orleans, this year’s newest festival partners include Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition, Crescent Park, and the Port of New Orleans, with additional stage funding provided by New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation and the Consulate General of Mexico in New Orleans.

FOURTH ANNUAL DOWNRIVER FESTIVAL

Saturday September 10th, 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Old U.S. Mint and French Market

All Events are Free and Open to the Public

COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS at the Downriver CULINARY STAGE AT THE FRENCH MARKET: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

11:00 am: Chef Jason Klutts of Café Henri cooking demonstration

12:00 pm: 2 Girls 1 Shuck oyster shucking demo and talk

1:00- 1:45 pm: Royal & Dumaine Hawaiians featuring Miss Carolyn Broussard

2:00 pm: Chef Kevin Belton of New Orleans School of Cooking demonstration

3:00 pm: Royal & Dumaine Hawaiians featuring Miss Carolyn Broussard

4:00 pm: J’s Seafood Dock oyster shucking presentation

Tabling Organizations at the Farmers Market: Educational displays, handouts, giveaways, raffles, and interaction with staff and volunteers from:

Restore the Mississippi River Delta-Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana-Crescent Park-French Market District-Port of New Orleans-& More

INDOOR SYMPOSIUMS: THIRD FLOOR, OLD U.S. MINT: “Oysters and the Future of our Coast”

11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Coordinated by Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition

11:30-12:00 p.m.               The Port of New Orleans and Gulf Restoration. President and CEO of Port of New Orleans, Gary LaGrange, will discuss the importance of The Port of New Orleans, and why restoration is important for the success of our port.

12:15-1:15 p.m.                Oyster Industry History.  Sea Grant Scholar Dr. Don Davis, PhD, LSU Department of Geography and Anthropology, will give a presentation on the history of oystering in Louisiana.

1:30-2:30 p.m.                   What Makes a Tasty Oyster? A panel moderated by documentary filmmaker Kevin McCaffrey with Dr. Earl Melancon, PhD, Distinguished Service Professor of Biological Sciences, Nicholls State University and Byron Encalade, oysterman and President of Louisiana Oystermen Association. The topic of discussion will focus on traditional knowledge of oystering, what conditions make for tasty oysters, and the concept of terroir.

2:45-3:45 p.m.                   Thinking Outside the Shell. A panel moderated by Kevin McCaffrey with Rusty Gaudé, Louisiana State University AgCenter/ Louisiana Sea Grant Program, Deb Abibou, PhD, Habitat Programs Director, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, and Seth Blitch, Director of Coastal and Marine Conservation, TNC (The Nature Conservancy) Louisiana. The conversation will focus on oyster restoration efforts and the future of oysters in Louisiana. Topics will include oyster shell recycling, oyster reef restoration, off bottom aquaculture and oysters in restaurants.

4:00-5:00 p.m.                   Managing Oysters, Restoration, and Relationships. Andy Wilson, Simon, Peragine, Smith and Redfearn, LLP, and Maura Wood, Senior Program Manager, Coastal Louisiana Restoration, will present on a history of oyster lease lawsuits and what we can learn from those experiences for more effective future restoration.

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE CENTENNIAL ANNIVERSARY STAGE AT THE OLD U.S. MINT

11:45 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

11:45 A.M. – 12:45 A.M. PEPE COLOMA

1:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. FREDY OMAR CON SU BANDA

2:15 P.M. – 3:15 P.M. NATIONAL PARK SERVICE CENTENNIAL BAND

3:30 P.M. – 4:30 P.M. BRUCE BARNES & THE LOUISIANA SUNSPOTS

5:00 P.M. – 6:30 P.M. HONEY ISLAND SWAMP BAND

WALKING TOURS TO CRESCENT PARK: BEGIN & END AT OLD U.S. MINT 12:00—2:00—4:00pm

12:00 P.M., 2:00, P.M. & 4:00 P.M. TOURS ARE APPROXIMATELY 40 MINUTES AND WILL BEGIN AT THE OLD U.S. MINT JAZZ PARK VISITOR CENTER FIRST FLOOR GIFT SHOP, 400 ESPLANADE AVENUE, WHERE ATTENDEES CAN SIGN UP IN ADVANCE FOR THE TOURS. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED. EACH TOUR LIMITED TO 20 PEOPLE. The tours will cover the geographic impact of the river, cultural and commercial impacts of the Lower Mississippi, and the history of the peoples that lived along it. The tours will end at the Old U.S. Mint.

NEW!!! DOWNRIVER FESTIVAL PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP AT CRESCENT PARK!!! ****$150 FEE–REGISTRATION REQUIRED****

Saturday, September 10th 2016

10a-12p – Festival Photography Lecture – Location TBA

12p-3:30p – Festival Grounds Walk and Shoot with Zack!

3:30-4:30p – Editing Lecture and Wrap Up – Location TBA

This festival photography workshop is an exciting and informative visual immersion into how to photograph the faces, food, and action of a New Orleans cultural festival. Your instructor, Zack Smith, is one of New Orleans’ most respected festival and cultural photographers having been on staff at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, French Quarter Fest, and Satchmo Fest. Learn with him how to navigate and document this exciting photography experience at Crescent Park’s Downriver Festival located at the Old U.S. Mint and French Market!

This class is open to all lovers of festival and music photography. We will cover how to get the most out of your mirrorless or Digital SLR. We will also cover how to get the best shots, find the best locations, and make every moment count with any camera. In addition, you will learn the best ways to download, archive, keyword and tag your images for proper storage.

For more detailed information and to register click here.