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Jun 13, 2010 4:06 PM by Chris Welty

Festival Promotes Seafood Amid Oil Spill Woes

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Tomatoes weren't the only thing on the menu
at the Creole Tomato Festival in New Orleans this weekend.
There also was a not-so-subtle plug for the state's beleaguered
seafood industry.
As a zydeco band played, folks scarfed shrimp po boys, grilled
redfish and crab stuffed tomatoes on Sunday at the festival in the
French Quarter.
Eight people volunteered for a shrimp peeling contest, right
near signs that read, "Start with the main ingredient - Louisiana
seafood."
Greg Reggio, a chef and the owner of a local restaurant called
Zea, was the emcee for the contest. He told the crowd to scream:
"Louisiana Seafood!"
Later, Reggio admitted that the oyster supply is in dire straits
but expressed confidence in other seafood.

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