The Warmth, Energy & Fun of the Big Easy Comes to Billings Farm & Museum for the Music, Film & Food Soiree on Feb. 18
The warmth, energy, and delicious food of the Big Easy is coming to Billings Farm & Museum just in time for Mardi Gras! The Music, Film & Food Soiree on Saturday, February 18 will feature a fabulous film, live New Orleans-inspired jazz, specialty cocktails from the bayou, and delicious low-country cooking. This lively evening in quiet Woodstock is not to be missed!
The fun starts at 3:00PM with a screening of Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story presented by the Woodstock Vermont Film Series. The documentary celebrates the music, food, community, and rich heritage of New Orleans. Weaving together live performances and interviews from the 50th anniversary festival, the film features some of the biggest names in the music industry, and a wealth of archival footage from the past half century.
There will be fun to follow with specialty cocktails by Vermont Spirits Distilling Co, featuring the vibrant, botanical-infused, and fizzy delight of Coppers French 75 and the official cocktail of Louisiana, No. 14 Sazerac. Once a mid-19th century cure-all developed by a local pharmacist, Sazerac is the Big Easy way to start the evening out right. For a lighter imbibe, beer and wine will be available as well.
With a drink in hand, guests can revel in the live New Orleans-inspired jazz from local virtuosos Michael Zsoldos on saxophone and Ben Kogan on stand-up bass and vocals. With a nod to the birthplace of jazz, their playful tunes will liven up the atmosphere in the Billings Farm historic barn.
The delicious aroma of Cajan cooking will be hard to resist. With a formative background in southern cuisine, Chef Jason Schmidtke of No Reservations Vermont, brings the quintessential taste of Louisiana to Billings Farm & Museum.
Guests can warm their belly and sooth their souls with a rich and aromatic Gumbo featuring key ingredients sourced straight out of New Orleans — crawfish for the daring — and andouille sausage. To compliment the authentic flavor of culture in a cup, Billings Farm’s own Chef Emery Gray will serve muffuletta and a dessert of monkey bread topped by a choice of Bananas Foster or a drizzle of bourbon chocolate sauce.
For Ages 21+. Advance tickets are $75/person, $85 at the door, and $65/members. Tickets include the film, music, food, beer and wine, as well as one specialty cocktail compliments of event sponsor, Vermont Spirits Distilling Co. Additional cocktails are available for purchase. Find tickets and details at https://tinyurl.com/JazzFestSoiree.
Proceeds from this event support the Woodstock Vermont Film Series and its vision to share place-based stories of people near and far, to engage our audiences, and to inspire conversations that increase connections with each other and our world. There will be a regular screening of Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story on Sunday, February 19 at 3:00PM. For tickets or more information, visit billingsfarm.org/filmseries or call 802-457-5303.
Special thanks to Vermont Spirits Distilling Co, craft distillers of award-winning No 14 Bourbon, Vermont Gold Vodka and Coppers Gin, located in Quechee Gorge Village, on Route 4 in Quechee.
About the Woodstock Vermont Film Series
The 2022-23 Woodstock Vermont Film Series will take viewers on a journey from Japan to remote Idaho, with stops in New York, New Orleans, and home to Vermont. Storytelling is at the heart of the Billings Farm & Museum mission. The Film Series, produced by Billings Farm & Museum, is dedicated to sharing place-based stories of people near and far, engaging audiences, and inspiring conversations that increase connections with each other and the world.
The Woodstock Vermont Film Series is curated and directed by award-winning filmmaker Jay Craven, produced by the Billings Farm & Museum, with generous support from local sponsors. We gratefully acknowledge the Film Series season underwriter Mad Old Nut, and lead sponsors Farmhouse Pottery, Woodstock Inn & Resort, and Ellaway Property Management.