Inaugural Beignet Fest
October 8, 2016
10am – 4pm, Lafayette Square, Downtown New Orleans
About the Event
Traditional Sweet Treats to Savory Delicacies
Beignet Fest celebrates New Orleans’ most iconic dessert: the beignet. From traditional sweet treats to savory delicacies that feature seafood, cheese and more, Beignet Fest 2016 is serving up the best beignets in the South.
In true New Orleans tradition, Beignet Fest will feature a myriad of restaurant vendors; local and regional musical entertainment; and family-friendly activities in the Kid’s Village. The festival is free and open to the public with beignets and beverages available for sale.
Awards will be given for best sweet, best savory, most original and crowd-favorite beignets.
Proceeds from Beignet Fest will benefit the Tres Doux Foundation.
Tres Doux Foundation
The mission of the Tres Doux Foundation is to celebrate, embrace and enhance the lives of children with developmental delays and disabilities by presenting them as whole beings, and to support organizations that do the same.
With proceeds from the Beignet Fest, the Tres Doux Foundation will make grants to local nonprofit organizations that provide for accessible, quality programs for children with developmental delays.
“Through our journey with our son, we found a gap in programs for children on the autism spectrum, and we wanted to change that.” – Sherwood Collins, Beignet Fest Founder
The main diagnosis for children with a development delay is autism*. Today, it is estimated that 1 in 68 children (and 1 in 42 boys) is diagnosed with autism, making it more common than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined. (Centers for Disease Control)
*Autism is a complex brain disorder that inhibits a person’s ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by behavioral challenges.