Food & Drink Festivals in New Orleans

New Orleans Wine & Food Experience: May 21-24, 2014

Toast to the finer things in life - pinots, merlots and gumbos - as more than 75 of New Orleans' best restaurants pair up with 175 of the world's finest wineries. Spirits are always high at this annual celebration of New Orleans' culinary creativity. nowfe.com

Oyster Festival: May 31-June 1, 2014

The Oyster Festival educates about the benefits of the Louisiana Gulf oyster, honors and celebrates the restaurateurs and oyster farmers who have solidified the New Orleans French Quarter and celebrates with live music and, of course, oysters! neworleansoysterfestival.org

French Market Creole Tomato Festival: June 7-8, 2014

A celebration of the Creole tomato, which is locally grown, this festival features cooking demonstrations by the city's premier chefs, food booths selling dishes made with Creole tomatoes, and samplings, music and vendors selling the famous tomatoes. frenchmarket.org

San Fermin in Nueva Orleans (Running of the Bulls): July TBD, 2014

San Fermin in Nueva Orleans (SFNO) is an annual festival in New Orleans featuring an Encierro (bull run), which replicates and pays homage to the world famous Encierro of Pamplona, Spain, or "The Running of the Bulls", only our bulls are none other than members of the Big Easy Rollergirls and select participants from other rollerderby leagues across the country! nolabulls.com

Tales of the Cocktail: July 17-21, 2014

Have a highball, y'all. Sip and sup at this four-day-long mixer in the city that invented the cocktail. Enjoy lectures, book signings, dinner pairings, cooking and mixing demonstrations, and more at this annual event. talesofthecocktail.com

COOLinary New Orleans: August 1-31, 2014

This is the ultimate celebration of dining in America's most delicious city. Eat at participating restaurants and savor special prix fixe, three-course lunches and dinners at special sizzling summer prices. COOLinaryneworleans.com

Louisiana Seafood Festival: October TBD, 2014

The Louisiana Seafood Festival celebrates our extraordinary local cuisine. Starting with everything fresh from the water, our famous chefscook up shrimp, oysters, crawfish, crab and alligator. louisianaseafoodfestival.com

Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival: October 17-19, 2014

A showcase for Louisiana barbecue and crafts with two stages featuring blues and R&B performances from the region. jazzandheritage.org/blues-fest/

Treme Creole Gumbo Festival:

The Treme Creole Gumbo Festival celebrates the melting-pot culture of New Orleans - with brass bands, New Orleans jazz and a huge selection ofthe best gumbo in town. www.jazzandheritage.org/treme-gumbo

Po-Boy Preservation Festival: November 2014

Just don't call it a "hoagie." This festival is dedicated to celebrating the authentic spirit of one of New Orleans' most delicious and famous sandwiches. Taste po-boys from restaurants such as G.W. Fins, Bourbon House, Emeril's Delmonico and many more. The festival also includes panel discussions on topics like po-boy history and French bread-baking traditions, three stages with live music, arts and crafts, and a children's section with games and prizes. poboyfest.com