French Market • September 12
25th Annual St. Joan of Arc French Market
Featuring family entertainment and French cuisine
Saturday, September 12
noon to 10pm
St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church
4217 Central Avenue
The free festival, which started as an afternoon family picnic, has evolved into a major neighborhood street fair with live bands, artisan booths, a raffle, children’s games and an array of French food.
Featured bands this year include
- French Axe from noon to 2:00pm
- The Tides from 2:30 to 4:30pm
- Fernando Tarango and the Wickersham Brothers from 4:30 – 6:30pm
- The Bishops from 7:00 to 10:00pm
Raffle prizes include $2500 cash, four prizes of $500, a quilt made and donated by Pat Crossland, Electra Cruiser Men’s and Women’s Bikes donated by Bike Line, a Euro-Style Scooter, 2 Colts Tickets with a tailgate picnic by the Pawn Shop Pub and an NFL football autographed by Reggie Wayne, and a case of George DeBoeuf Beaujolais Nuvo wine.
Food offerings include quiche, escargot, oysters, mussels, French onion soup, cheese and fruit, rotisserie chicken, tarte flambé white Alsatian pizza, beef bourguignon, Crawfish Etouffee, crab cakes, 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 5:00 p.m. 5:30 Mass will be celebrated in French by Father Michael Hoyt in the historic Meridian~Kessler church constructed in 1929.
For additional event information, please contact the parish office at 283-5508 or the parish website at www.sjoa.org.