Festival Entertainment

Master of Ceremonies

Joel Hitchcock-Tilton grew up on farms in southeastern Wisconsin before moving to New Orleans to attend Xavier University. After living and working in the city for a couple of years, Joel and his business partner, Jim Seely, started a small community garden that turned into a larger urban farm. Paradigm Gardens supplies select New Orleans restaurants with fresh, local produce and hosts concerts, dinners, workshops, weddings and other events in their lush outdoor space.

Musicians & Merriment

A creative collaborative of scandalous party queens, The Merry Antoinettes bring the extravagance of the French 18th century to life.

The Merry Antoinettes will be strolling the festival grounds, no doubt trailing merriment (and glitter) in their wake!

DJ Raj Smoove

New Orleans DJ Raj Smoove holds residencies at the House of Blues and on 98.5 WYLD, and is a staple at major festivals such as Essence Festival and Jazz Fest.

Raj Smoove will be spinning tunes throughout the day.

More music to come soon. Stay tuned!


After years in a cubicle, Liz Thorpe was drawn to pursue her passion for cheese and has since become the country’s leading expert. Through her books and seminars, Liz teaches everyone why cheese matters and how to make it a part of everyday life.

“Cheese 101” will explore the basic styles, milk types, flavor and aroma profiles. There will be wines and beers paired to each cheese.

Based in Dijon, chef Alex Miles has lived in France for 30 years and has an intimate knowledge of French culture and cuisine. He holds custom cooking classes to teach all skill levels what French people really eat at home.

Chef Demonstrations

Coming soon. Stay tuned!