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Event: 'What: Fête Française, A Festival Featuring French And Cajun Food, Music And Art '

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Date: Saturday, March 21, 2009 At 10:30 AM
Duration: 1 Day
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For more information: Contact Ecole Bilingue, 504-896-4500
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When: March 21 from 10:30 a.m. until 6:30
Where: **NEW LOCATION** Magazine & General Pershing

Highlights: Bands including Feufollet with Grammy nominee Steve Riley, 101 Runners, Gravity A and Pirana’s Gypsy Jazz f/k/a VaVaVoom; and food from over 20 restaurants, including Herbsaint, Cochon, Crepe Nanou and Lilette

Admission: Free to the public; $1 tickets for food, beverages

For more information: Contact Ecole Bilingue, 504-896-4500,

Kathryn LeMieux, kklemieux@cox.net, 504-837-0128; 504-289-3118 NEW ORLEANS — Before the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, even before French Quarter Festival, there’s Fête Française, a unique one-day festival celebrating the French heritage and food of New Orleans. The festival is becoming a staple of the Spring festival season, with thousands flocking each year to eat authentic moules et frites and hear French and Cajun music. The festival is presented by New Orleans’ French immersion school, Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans. The school celebrates its 10th year with “Fête Dix” from 10:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. March 21, on its campus at 821 General Pershing, New Orleans. The festival is sponsored, in part, by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation. For the first time, the festival will feature two simultaneous stages of music. The headlining act will be Feufollet, a young Cajun band considered the present and future of Cajun music with special guest, Grammy nominated accordion-maestro Steve Riley. Band members are products of French immersion schools. Nick Spitzer of the “American Roots” radio show said this about the band: “Beyond their growing musical virtuosity, what sets Feufollet apart from other young bands is this ability to speak—and especially sing—in Cajun French. Their mastery of the language along with the music has enabled them not only to understand songs from oral tradition, but has opened up the creative possibility of writing new material—all with a beguiling mix of authoritative voice and youthful passion, seriousness of purpose and artistic risk- taking.”

Other performers will include Gravity A, Hazel and the Delta Ramblers, Pirana’s Gypsy Jazz-formerly known as VaVaVoom, Sequneon Kone & Ivoire Spectacle, 101 Runners & Special Guests, Rob Masson, Bill Powe, Zulu Connection, The Children of Ecole Bilingue, Smiley the French Clown, Crescent City Gymnastics, and jugglers. Food from Herbsaint and Cochon, James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef Donald Link’s restaurants, will be available, as will delicacies and beverages from Galatoire’s, Crepe Nanou, Lilette, Bayona, Café Degas, La Provence, The Uptowner, Deux Papas, Vizard’s, La Boulangerie, Savvy Gourmet, Royal Sonesta, St. James Cheese Company, Designs in Catering, Karcher’s Kitchen, Crepes A La Carte, Amanda’s Paletas, Ritz Carlton, Louisiana Pizza Kitchen, MiLa, Martinique, Café Rani, La Petite Grocery, La Cote Brasserie, King Creole, The Forker Company, Coyote Ugly Saloon, Heiner Brau Micro Brewery, 4Reel Studios, Garner Services, Aqua to Go, Whole Foods, McAlister’s Deli Uptown, and Reily Foods. The Fête marketplace, silent and live auctions, and family-friendly games round out this year’s festival. Pre- Fête bidding on select items, including travel, jewelry and art, is now underway at www.blacktie-louisiana.com . The event is free to the public. Tickets for games, food and beverages are $1 each. All proceeds of Fête Française will benefit Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle-Orléans, New Orleans’ premier French immersion school and its scholarship program. Founded in 1998, Ecole Bilingue strives to preserve and enhance Louisiana’s long bilingual tradition through the curriculum of the French Education Nationale. The event is made possible through the generous sponsorship of Fête’s major sponsors: Capital One Banking/University Office, Massages by IVY, Uptown Pediatric Dentistry, Chris Edwards & Mae Schroeder, The New Orleans Musicians Association Foundation, Green Spa Therapy, Katherine Conklin, Esq., Sandra Russell Clark, Kathleen Trapolin, Tim Trapolin, Simon of New Orleans, Frenchy Live, Isabelle Jacopin, Michelle Y. Williams Gallery, Charlie Valey Photography, Barefoot Photography, Karoline Schleh, The Wilkes Family, Henry M. Haley, Jr., M.D., Bronze Goddess Tans, Whirthmore Antiques, Mardi Nelson and Family, Christian Burge Photography, George Rodrigue, St. Regis of San Francisco, Teatro Zinzanni, Azure Jewelers, José Piñero, Stan and Melissa Richard, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, Inc., Le Jouet, Inc., Sweet Home New Orleans, Royal Engineers & Consultants, The Home Depot, and Ecole Bilingue teachers, staff and Fête committees.