By Anna-Marie Menhenott
FORT PIERCE -- From jambalaya and gumbo to the toe-tapping sounds of the Michael Allman Band and The Porchdogs, Fisherman's Wharf will be transformed into a tiny piece of 'The Big Easy' as the inaugural Taste of New Orleans Blues & Brews Festival takes over the waterfront.
The event, which will be surrounded by the natural beauty of Fisherman's Wharf on the beautiful Fort Pierce inlet, will be a day to remember, as it will be filled with the tastes and sounds of New Orleans.
Above Average Entertainment event is bringing the event to the area, which is designed for folks of all ages.
"This event will bring some of the culture of New Orleans to the area," said Kevin Vanover, of Above Average Entertainment.
Fisherman's Wharf, the area behind 12 A Buoy, to the waterfront to the south and Buckshot Bay to the north, will be full of food vendors, a stage with live music and a kid's zone for children to enjoy.
The delicious food will include the best Cajun and Creole cooking this side of Loo'zana: gumbos, crayfish, etouffes, red beans and rice, boudin, andouille sausage, Cajun fried fish, desserts, and alligator tails along with a smorgasbord of regional and local food favorites will all be on hand.
A wide assortment of beverages will also be available, including different types of beers.
The music will "take you back to New Orleans," bringing back the blues straight from the Crescent City. One of the most fun times you will ever have is letting your hair down and promenading behind the brass band in a real New Orleans Second Line.
Musical performances include The Michael Allman Band, Kelly Richey Band, The Porchdogs, McColley Brothers, 5th Element and Smokefog.
The "Taste of New Orleans Blue & Brews Festival" is family friendly. While moms and dads are enjoying the music, sunning and savoring the foods, the kids can have a ball in the secured play area with novelties, balloons, face painting, a power slide and more. Blankets, strollers and folding chairs are welcome. Adult supervision must be provided for children under 18.
The Taste of New Orleans Music & Arts Festival will be benefitting the Max Cure foundation & The Dunk your Kicks program. Those attending the festival can bring old shoes and drop them off for under privileged children. Please no flip fops, or shoes with holes in them.
The Max Cure Foundation was created in December of 2008 inspired by one child's brave fight against a rare B-Cell Lymphoma, never before seen by the oncologists at Memorial Sloan -Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan. On May 2, 2007, the day before his fourth birthday Max was diagnosed with cancer. Max underwent two years of intense chemotherapy.
Today, Max is nine years old and is thankfully in remission. Learning and experiencing first hand that pediatric cancer was/is extremely underfunded and the treatments used today, while can be effective are highly toxic, the Plotkin Family with close friends took a stand. Within the year, they raised more than $250,000 for The Max Cure Fund, which is held at MSKCC and earmarked for underwriting an immune cell therapy lab at MSKCC. This lab is dedicated to alternative treatments and innovative research for children and young adults who are battling cancer.
Festival hours are Feb. 7, from 3-10p.m. and Feb. 8, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. For more information, including band times, visit www.tasteofneworleansfla.wix.com/ftpierce.