A dozen years ago, when the Blues and BBQ Festival was launched, barbecue was far less prominent on the New Orleans food scene.

Things have changed, and the city now boasts more than a few well-reviewed spots serving it up.

Twelve food vendors will be onsite hawking the classics (like the Joint’s smoky burnt brisket ends) as well as innovative variations on the theme (like Saucy’s brisket quesadilla with mozzarella and chipotle.)

There are also items that aren’t barbecue at all, like Bratz Y’all’s pork sausage with sauerkraut on fresh-baked pretzel buns, and the spinach and artichoke-topped fried oysters from J’s Seafood Dock.

There are also options for vegetarians and vegans, including a grilled sweet potato from Q’s Smokery.

Bittersweet Confections, Loretta’s, Crepes a la Cart and Quintin’s Ice Cream handle dessert. For a full list of festival vendors and menus, visit crescentcitybluesfest.com.