Jazz Fest has two official new dishes this year. While neither can be considered major additions, both are unique.
At Congo Square, Marie’s Sugar Dumplings, the Marrero-based baker known for the sweet potato turnover, added a bacon pecan square. It’s somewhere between pie and brownie, built of a thick, buttery crust with fine bits of bacon interspersed with the glazed pecans. When you approach this booth, it always smells like a bakery. Now it has a subtle savory scent of breakfast table bacon, too.
At the Kids Area, Fireman Mike’s Kitchen added its strawberry and yogurt trifle. Served in a plastic cup, it’s a frozen, icy, creamy jumble of strawberries and cake.
The cake is optional, presumably to keep a gluten free option. If that’s not a concern for you, get the cake. I can’t vouch for the actual calorie count, but it tastes light and refreshing with all the cool flavors co-mingling.