Since Jazz Fest has been postponed from April to October, a new event might help fill the void. Farmstand Live, a series of cultural experiences featuring live music, culinary delights, and farm fresh produce served up in a drive-in setting, will take place Saturday, April 24 and Saturday, May 1 at Shrine on Airline.
The event is produced by Farmstand Entertainment, a recently founded organization dedicated to rebuilding the city's post-Covid cultural economy through entertainment, hospitality, and farming. Founder Emily Vanlandingham recently earned a Master’s Degree in Food Business from the Culinary Institute of America and felt compelled to act while finishing her last year of studies. (Vanlandingham is also the founder and chef of Locally Preserved, the city's first all-natural food manufacturer.)
"When the pandemic carried on for months on end, and I was working on my final project, I knew I needed to pivot," said Vanlandingham in a statement. "I set out to find a way to change the distribution models of New Orleans' most profitable sectors. We rely heavily on our incredible live music, on our renowned dining scene, and on our year-round farming. Farmstand Entertainment, and specifically, Farmstand Live, is a way to combine the three and pump money back into the economy."
The first Saturday will feature Dumpstaphunk, Smoke N Bones, and SOUL Brass Band and prepared boxed dinners by Cochon Butcher, Justine, Charcutie of NOLA, and Addis NOLA (vegetarian option). Dessert by Bywater Bakery is also available for an additional $10, and cocktails, beer, and wine will be available for purchase.
The second Saturday will welcome Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, George Porter Jr. and the Runnin' Pardners, and Honey Island Swamp Band. Boxed dinners will be prepared by NOLA Charcuterie, Luncheon NOLA, Cochon Butcher, and La Petite Grocery (vegetarian option). Dee-Lightful Cupcakes are available for $7, and cocktails, beer, and wine will be available for purchase.
Presale tickets begin Thursday, April 1 and General Public tickets will be available on Monday, April 5. Tickets include the price of admission, $20 Farmers Market Produce Box, and a $20 boxed dinner from one of the four featured restaurants per person. VIP options are also available. On-site tickets and dinners are unavailable.
More information here.