Since 2013. The culinary tastes of Mardi Gras will fill the Main Street District during A Taste of New Orleans. This celebration of Louisiana-style cuisine, set against a backdrop of historic buildings decorated for Mardi Gras, showcases the talents of local chefs and highlights the offerings of local wineries. A Taste of New Orleans begins the culinary tour at 11 a.m. and the festivities continue at various locations until the 5pm parade. Local chefs will be doing free food demonstrations and samples every 30 minutes which can be paired with a wine tasting from a local winery.