The Southern Food and Beverage Museum is a nonprofit living history organization dedicated to the discovery, understanding and celebration of the food, drink and the related culture of the South. While based in New Orleans, the Museum examines and celebrates all the cultures that have come together through the centuries to create the South’s unique culinary heritage. SoFAB also hosts special exhibits, demonstrations, lectures and tastings that showcase the food and drink of the South.
- The food and drink of the American South in all its aspects;
- The many ethnicities – African-American and Caribbean, French and German, etc. -- that have combined to create unique Southern food and drink traditions;
- The farmers, fishermen, and hunters and gatherers who have produced the food;
- The processors, inventors, chefs and business people who run the restaurants and stock our stores with Southern products, and the home cooks and families who have passed down recipes and food traditions for generations.
The Southern Food and Beverage Museum first opened on June 7, 2008 at the Riverwalk Marketplace in New Orleans, Louisiana. After six years of growing in that location, SoFAB re-opened on September 29, 2014 in the former Dryades Street Market at 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard in New Orleans.
Thursday through Monday, 11:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Field Trips, Group Tours and Private Events can be scheduled when the museum is closed. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
- Adults: $10 per person
- Students (with ID), Military, and Seniors over 60: $5 per person
- Children Under 12 (with an adult): Free
Group Rates and Activities are available upon request. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Street parking is available, or you can take the St. Charles Streetcar line to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and walk three blocks to Oretha C. Haley Boulevard.
Many thanks to the sponsors of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum. To see a full list of the SoFAB Institute's sponsors, please see our Sponsor Page here.
Do you have the best recipe for your favorite Soul Food? Send them to the Southern Food and Beverage Museum and participate in our innagural Soul Food Recipe Contest!
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Kids Culinary Camp is a half-day summer camp that gets kids in the kitchen to learn to cook in a way that’s hands-on and fun. Each day there’s a new recipe and campers work together measuring, chopping, and stirring to create a delicious and healthy lunch to enjoy with each other.
Take a walk on the Trail of Smoke and Fire to discover which state you think would win at a barbecue cookout!
A focal point of the new home of the Southern Food & Beverage Museum is the Gallery of the South: States of Taste, a collection of exhibits on the food and foodways of each Southern state.
We had such a lovely time at the Grand Re-Opening Gala of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum on April 17, 2015.
In March 2015 we celebrated Mississippi Month at SoFAB.
It was a big night on for the Southern Food and Beverage Museum and The Museum of the American Cocktail when we welcomed King Cocktail, Dale DeGroff, to the re-installed MOTAC New Orleans Collection.
Farm to Table's 2014 theme, “The Process,” explored the best practices for urban farming, bringing products to market, sourcing locally, sustainability, the latest with the imposing Food Safety Modernization Act, and many other topics.
The SoFAB Institute has entered the fray with a series of public discussions held around the country in 2013, all under the banner “Culinaria Query: Is Food Art?”