The Southern Food & Beverage Museum brings a new outdoor exhibit and event space to New Orleans. The Gumbo Garden will officially open to the public on Friday, October 11 

"We want the Gumbo Garden to be one of the best and most unique outdoor event spaces in New Orleans, but we also want it to be a true wing of the museum," SoFAB's president and CEO Brent Rosen said in a statement. "To achieve that, the Garden will host many of our food festivals and events, and will be the home to our meat sciences department and children’s cooking programs."

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Gumbo Garden

The outdoor venue features 3,200 square feet of rustic brick pavers, wrought iron accents, and plants and vegetables that are native to the region. The dining space seat up to 180 guests and a whole-hog BBQ pit was built to 1800s specifications. Deep-fryers, grills, and an oversized crawfish boiler were also included. 

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Entrance to the Garden is included in museum admission and is available for private events. The museum is a division of the nonprofit National Food & Beverage Foundation and a nationally recognized food museum. 

SoFab is located at 1504 Oretha Castle Hasley Boulevard and is open Wednesday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.