If you’re planning a trip to New Orleans this fall, you’d better include October 7 in your dates! The Beignet Fest celebrates New Orleans’ most iconic dessert: the beignet.
New Orleans Beignet Fest 2017
I love to travel, and New Orleans is on my bucket list! I’m not going to make it this fall, but I’m sure some of you will. I want to be sure you know about this fun, family-friendly event coming October 7. It is the Beignet Fest, and it’s being held in New Orleans City Park Festival Grounds. And guess what? It’s not all about the food.
Why the Beignet Fest?
Yeah, the food and fun will be amazing, but it’s about more than that. Here is what this fest’s mission is all about.
Having a child with a developmental delay requires accommodations that typical children do not need. Imagine trying to teach a kid to swim when all they want to do is curl up into a ball in the water? How do you advise a kid to be part of a group task when they are traditionally stuck in their own little world? How do you coach a child when he is too excited to listen to an explanation?
Amy and Sherwood Collins found out through their journey with their son, Liam, who was diagnosed at age three with Autism, that New Orleans was particularly lacking in opportunities for children on the Autism Spectrum, the most common form of development delay.
For Amy and Sherwood, this was the main driver behind starting the festival.
According to the Centers for Disease Control one in 68 children (and one in 42 boys) is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Plus, ASD is the most common disability cited for special education students in Louisiana public schools.
Amy and Sherwood wanted to do something to help their son and the thousands of other families in New Orleans struggling to find programs.
Bringing together the tremendous need for programs to serve children with Autism and their idea about a food festival centered around beignets, Amy and Sherwood created Beignet Fest and the corresponding Tres Doux Foundation, which makes grants with the proceeds from the festival.
Love this! It’s about giving back and finding ways to serve kids with Autism!
What’s happening at the fest?
Well, yeah…there will be food! What’s a Beignet Fest without beignets? But that’s not the only food that’ll be available. There will be multiple food vendors serving up everything from traditional sweet treats to savory delicacies.
Throughout the day, you’ll hear music from bands like Hill Country Hounds, Imagination Movers and Eric Lindell. Merchandise will also be available for purchase.
So grab your family and head to the fest! You can find out all about tickets, see who else will be performing, and, of course, find out more about the food on the Beignet Fest’s official site. Enjoy a few beignets for me!