NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Food Fight, presented by Stella Artois, will kick off its inaugural event on Thursday, May 26, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. in Crescent Park, with more than 40 of New Orleans’s top restaurants and spirits brands vying for fans’ and celebrity judges’ top picks.

Currently confirmed restaurant competitors for Food Fight include: 

Alma   

BonFire

Boucherie

Brennan’s 

Copeland’s 

Coppervine

Emeril’s 

Francesca’s

Galiano’s

Gris Gris 

Jinx Bar and Grill 

Johnny Sanchez 

Josephine Estelle 

Katie’s

Los Jefes 

Messina’s 

Meril 

Otra Vez 

Pigeon Catering 

Restaurant Rebirth 

Rizzuto’s 

Saint John 

Silk Road 

Sofia NOLA 

Table and Tap 

Tava Indian Street Food 

Tchefuncta Country Club 

The Joint 

Zhang Bistro 

Spirits competitors include:

Jack Daniel’s

Ford’s Gin

Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey

Jagermeister

Teremana

Milagro

Hendrix Gin

Fistful of Bourbon

Gray Whale Gin

Flora de Cana

Bayou Rum

Casa Noble

Casamigos 

El  Buho Mezcal

In addition, Food Fight will highlight local distilleries including Who Dat Spirits, Wetlands Sake, NOLA Distillery, Happy Raptor, Left Bank Whisky, Marsh House Rum and Atelier Vie. 

Top Taco, New Orleans’ signature taco and cocktails event produced by Shane Finkelstein, will host Food Fight on the New Orleans Riverfront at the Mandeville Shed & Ellipse Lawn (2300 N. Peters St.) at Crescent Park in the French Market District.

Fans and celebrity judges will select winners for Top Classic Dish, Top Creative Dish, Top Classic Cocktail, Top Creative Cocktail and Top Vegetarian Dish. 

“This event is a celebration of New Orleans food, cocktails, art, and entertainment,” said Finkelstein. “We wanted to do something good for the city and our beloved restaurants after such a difficult two years.”

Attendees will have access to pop-up bar areas and DJ lounges, spirit tastings, live music by Honey Island  Swamp Band and James Andrews, Trixie Minx Burlesque, Live Painting by Frenchy, and additional art and entertainment elements. 

In the William Grant VIP Lounge, chefs will prepare signature dishes to pair with Hendrix Gin and Fistful of Bourbon cocktails curated by mixologist Alexa Bowler of Emeril’s and Meril, plus additional entertainment, premium spirit tastings and a gourmet dessert station.  

Gates open for early entry at 6 p.m., with VIP and First Tasting fan voting beginning at 6. General admission entry begins at 7 p.m. Fan voting continues until 9 p.m., with winners announced on the Performance Food Service Stage at 9:30 p.m. NOLA Boards will be presented to the winners.

Tickets are now on sale, with general admission tickets at $75.00, Early Entry First Tasting tickets are $100, with VIP tickets at $125. Once inside the festival, all food and drinks are included. Information on  ticket purchases is available at www.foodfightnola.com