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Be sure to clear off your calendar each year for the annual Bywater Mirliton Festival which takes place on the first Saturday in November. This is a one day event that you don’t want to miss.

Bywater is a unique neighborhood filled with character and culture. Its annual November festival is too. The festival is centered around the Mirliton, a member of the squash family that is shaped like the pear. Like much of the New Orleans culture, it was introduced to our fair city during the French and Spanish settlement during the 18th century.

It’s a light green vegetable that isn’t known for its flavor. Instead, it’s often stuffed with seafood and bread crumps. That’s where it shines.

At the festival, expect to sample this vegetable in appetizers, entrees or even desserts. It’s popular in salads, sandwiches and stir-fry meals. You can even eat it raw.

In addition to the Mirliton, there will be lots of more traditional eats from local Bywater dining establishments.

There will be plenty of music. The festival features a lineup as diverse as the neighborhood itself.

There will also be an artists’ village, activities for the kiddos and much more.

Money from the festival goes back to the community to support the Bywater Neighborhood Association.