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Events & Schedule for the 2008 Po-Boy Fest

Festival Date, Time, and Location

Sunday, November 23, 2008: 12 noon - 6:00pm
Oak Street at South Carrollton

The 2008 New Orleans Po-Boy Preservation Festival will feature two stages with live music, arts and crafts, a silent auction, a children’s section with games and prizes, a "Corner Grocery Photo Experience" photo booth, panel discussions covering the history of the po-boy (starting at 11:00 a.m.) and, of course, the best tasting po-boys in New Orleans.


Interactive History Presentation
Oak Street During the Time of the Poor Boy

Panel Discussions and Exhibits

Located in the Oak Street Association office – 8118 Oak Street

All panels will feature PowerPoint slides to illustrate each presentation. In all cases, we will invite audience participation during the panels and ask them to contribute their own stories and images to the Po-Boy Fest archive.

11:00 am to Noon
Oak Street History

Illustrated history of Oak Street as collected by UNO graduate students and told by various Oak Street merchants and residents
Moderators: UNO Public History Graduate Students

Noon—1:00 pm
Swimming & Drowning in the River and Canals

Men and women as well as kids swam the river in the early 1900s for sport as well as on dares. Hear about thrills, near-drownings, and deaths from a graduate student preparing her Master’s Thesis on the topic.
Moderator: Christina Offutt (UNO history graduate student)

1:00—2:00 pm
Muffuletta: the Poor Boy’s Italian Cousin

Like the Poor Boy, its Italian cousin also emerged out of the French Market to become a staple of the New Orleans diet.
Sal Logiudice (United Bakery)
Angelo Brocato(Angelo Brocato’s Italian Ice Cream & Pastries)
Moderator: Dana Logsdon (Culinary Historian/Baker)

2:00—3:00 pm
“Flood Sufferers:” Survivors of the 1927 Flood Tell Their Stories

Many Louisianans survived both the ’27 Flood and Katrina. Meet some of the survivors and hear stories of lives lived between two catastrophes
Moderator: Liz Havrilla (UNO history undergraduate student)

3:00—4:00 pm
Lost Poor Boy Shops: Clarence and Lefty’s

Celebrate the Po-Boy Shop famous for its Roast Beef loaves and for inspiring Bunny Matthews to create Vic & Natly’s. First in a series.
Bunny Matthews (Artist & Culinary Historian)
Richard Collin (Underground Gourmet, Former Picayune Food Critic, UNO Emeritus Professor of History)
D. Erik Bookhardt (Art Critic, Gambit Weekly)
Moderator: Michael Mizell-Nelson (University of New

4:00—5:00 pm
Oak Street History
Illustrated history of Oak Street as collected by UNO graduate students and told by various Oak Street merchants and residents
Moderators: UNO Public History Graduate Students

Members of the Martin and Gendusa families will attend the Po-Boy Fest as representatives of the “First Families” of the Poor Boy. You may find some of the first family members in the history venue, ready to share their stories with the public. Look for festgoers wearing special Po-Boy pins and please thank these V.I.Pos for the culinary joy their ancestors created 8 decades ago.


Kid's World

Carnival-style games of chance
with a New Orleans twist!

Located in the One 2 One parking lot – 8216 Oak Street.

Festival-goers can play games for 1 ticket each or buy a bracelet for $20 and play all day! Collect play dollars for each game you win and then go shopping at the prize booth. Games included: The Aquarium, Gumbo Golf, Duck Huntin’, Hornets Basketball, Throw Me Somethin’ Mister, Honey…I’m goin’ ta K&B, Football Camp, FEMA Bucket Toss, Crawfish Boil and The Fairgrounds.

Other activities in the Kids Section included: face painting, tattoos and hair color. Free activities are in the back of the Kids’ section and included a duck pond and sidewalk chalk.


Haase’s Silent Auction

Located at 8312 Oak Street, at the corner of Oak and Dante

Festival-goers can support the rebuilding and revitalizing the Oak Street community by participating in the silent auction hosted by the Oak Street Association and sponsored by Haase’s Shoes and Young Folks Shop. All proceeds from the auction go towards strengthening our local economy and community spirit by enabling the Oak Street Main Street Program to continue its restoration efforts throughout the year.

Local merchants and artists have donated an array of items which are to be auctioned off throughout the day of the festival. You can even bid on the original painting for the 2008 Festival Poster by Jon Schooler at the Contest Tent at Oak and Dante.

The auction features three boards, which close at 3:30 pm, 4:15 pm, and 5:00 pm. Items must be paid for and picked up by 5:45. There will be a live auction for unclaimed items beginning at 5:45.

Click here to download a complete listing of auction items and schedule (1 MB PDF)


Best Po-Boy Contest

Located at the Contest Tent at Dante and Oak

In addition to a People's Choice Award, judges will be awarding the best tasting po-boys at the fest in the following categories: Best of Show, Best Roast Beef, Best Fried, Best Specialty Non-seafood, and Best Specialty Seafood.

All votes for the People's Choice Award must be in by 3pm. Get voting tickets at vendor booths, fill them out, and drop them in the ballot box that will be at the entrance of the Contest Tent at Dante and Oak.

Winners will be announced at approximately 3:30pm.

Judges: Greg Reggio, EMCEE

  • Chef Duke LoCiero, Chef/Owner of Cafe Giovanni
  • Melvin Rodrigue, GM/Chief Operating Officer of Galitoire's
  • Hans Limburg, Taste Buds
  • Gary Darling, Taste Buds
  • Ron St. Pierre, Miller Beer
  • Maria Wisdom, New Orleans Magazine
  • David Blitch, Food & Beverage Director of Hilton
  • Saints "Mystery" Judge


Corner Grocery Photo Experience

Preserve the Po-Boy, as well as your memories of the Fest, at the “Corner Grocery Photo Experience” booth. Come by for a photo shoot with your date or your whole group. You will be staged in front of an old corner grocery backdrop, complete with props, including a 4’ long po-boy.

The photo shoot cost 5 tickets for a couple and 1 ticket for each additional person and include 2 shots (one full shot and 1 close up).

Then, after the fest, log on to poboyfest.com to order your prints, note cards, mugs, mouse pads, magnets, puzzles, keepsake boxes and desk organizers.

These items will make perfect Holiday gifts, so order early.













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