3rd Annual Beignet Fest
“This year’s festival promises to be the biggest yet,” said Festival Founder and Event Producer Sherwood Collins. “We have more beignet dishes than ever before, bigger musical acts – and we also have the benefit of a title sponsor for 2018 with local favorite, French Market Coffee.”
The complete menu and musical lineup for Beignet Fest is outlined below and can found at www.beignetfest.com.
- Confetti Park Players (10:15AM)
- The Imagination Movers (11:45PM)
- Soul Project (1:45PM)
- Eric Lindell (3:15PM)
- The Original Pinettes Brass Band (5:00PM)
Additional elements of the festival include a Kid’s Village presented by Ochsner Hospital for Children, as well as an Artist Market with local and regional artwork and crafts for sale. Beignet Fest merchandise featuring tees and tanks will be for sale on site, as well. Fest goers can purchase Beignet Fest merchandise ahead of the festival online.
Collins expects 20,000 to 25,000 people will attend the festival this year. For those looking for a few perks, Beignet Fest is offering a VIP Experience that includes a prime, private viewing space near the stage, complimentary beignetsand beverages from Café du Monde from 10AM to 12PM and other perks throughout the day. Complete information and tickets for the VIP Experience are available on the Beignet Fest website.
About the Tres Doux Foundation
Beignet Fest is a project of the Tres Doux Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization which makes grants to local autism programs annually based on the proceeds from the festival. The event and its foundation were created by Collins and his wife, Amy, inspired by their journey with their son, Liam, who is on the autism spectrum. To date, the Tres Doux Foundation has made more than $30,000 in grants to local nonprofits including YMCA of Greater New Orleans, Families Helping Families, the Autism Society of New Orleans and Ochsner Hospital for Children.
“The success of the Beignet Fest and the impact its fundraising has had on programs that serve children with developmental challenges is admirable,” said Thomas Harris, Jr., MHA, FACHE, vice president, Pediatrics at Ochsner Hospital for Children. “With grants from the Tres Doux Foundation, Ochsner Hospital for Children has expanded its ability to evaluate and diagnose children on the autism spectrum. And this fall, we will begin a series of parent training sessions to help families better understand and work with their children after diagnosis.”