Not a hosted group event, but please RSVP and make plans to meet at this fun annual festival:
September 7, 2013
Noon – 10:00 p.m.
Featuring family entertainment and French cuisine, the annual French Market will be held from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, September 7 on the grounds of St. Joan of Arc Church, 4217 Central Avenue.
The free festival, which started as a Sunday afternoon family picnic, has evolved into a major neighborhood street fair with live bands, artisan booths, children’s games and an array of French food.
Featured bands this year include The Stardusters and Living Proof.
Food offerings include pate, quiche, escargot, oysters, mussels, French onion soup, cheese and fruit, rotisserie chicken, tarte flambé white Alsacian pizza, beef bourguignon, Crawfish Etouffee, pommes frites and ratatouille. French dip roast beef sandwiches and BBQ ribs will also be available.
Dessert offerings include beignets, cheesecake, cream puffs, éclairs, chocolate mousse and Madeleines. A bake sale will add to the gourmet selections.
Dozens of artisans will be setting up booths adjacent to the church grounds selling artwork, jewelry, apparel and religious items.
The family festival also features children’s games and children’s food until 5 p.m. Mass will be at 5:30 p.m. in the historic Meridian Kessler church constructed in 1929.