For the past 15 years, thousands of music and food loving festival goers gather annually at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park to celebrate the Oyster Crawfish Festival. Offering a day of Mardi Gras inspired fun on Saturday, March 2, 2019, Park Tavern will once again serve up approximately ten thousand pounds of fresh Louisiana crawfish that are flown in the night before in addition to live music, cocktails and more.
Since crawfish is the main attraction, hungry partygoers can dive into mouthwatering platters including 1.5 pounds of piping hot and perfectly spiced boiled crawfish served with potatoes, corn and sausage. Additional food offerings include a dozen Gulf oysters on the half-shell, buckets of 18 steamed oysters with drawn butter, and a fried station with fried oysters, shrimp, gator bites, and chicken baskets served with crispy fries. Imbibers can wash it all down with specialty libations served in a souvenir cup like the Blue Balls Hurricane, Bayou Mule, Horny Gator, Bloody Marys, Mardi Gras Margaritas, frosty brews, and much more.
With breathtaking views of the Midtown skyline as an ideal backdrop for festival fun, live music will begin at 2:30 p.m. and will feature electrifying performances from DJ Raetone (2:30 p.m.), Blair Crimmins & The Hookers (3:30. p.m.), Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics (5:30 p.m.), and Saved By The Band (7:30 p.m.). Then, DJ Raetone will take the stage again at 9 p.m., and keep the party rolling late into the night.
The festival begins at 2 p.m. While it’s an ages 21 and up event, children may be accompanied by a parent, and children 12 and under do not need to purchase a ticket. Admission Only tickets are available for $5 and include all day entertainment, access to the lawn where furry friends are welcome and an expansive tent area to protect partygoers from inclement weather. General Admission tickets are available beginning at $35 and include entry to the event, all day entertainment, and four booze and bite tickets. VIP tickets are available for $75 and include access to an exclusive entrance, all day entertainment, ten booze and bite tickets, private bars, exclusive seating and lounge area including fireplaces in the historic Park Tavern interior space, and indoor private restrooms. The event is rain or shine. To purchase tickets visit www.parktavern.com.