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Optional Tours Add to Your Commodity Classic Experience!

 

Experience the old world charm of New Orleans, discover all that the Crescent City has to offer with these optional tours.

 

 

 

 

Deadline to pre-register for tours is February 4, 2022 and tours are not included with convention registration.

 

 

ACCENT New Orleans is the official tour provider for Commodity Classic. We encourage you to register early as these tours normally sell out. Incomplete orders cannot be processed (online). Registration onsite at the show will be subject to availability.

 

ACCENT New Orleans reserves the right to cancel any tour if the required minimum of participants is not met by the deadline of February 4, 2022. Refunds for any tours cancelled by ACCENT New Orleans will be issued to registrants without penalty. Changes and cancellations must in writing to ACCENT New Orleans no later than February 4, 2022; no refunds will be issued after this date. Confirmation will be sent via email within 3 business days of your tour order. 

 

For questions regarding tours please contact ACCENT New Orleans at 504-524-0188 or JAdams@accent-dmc.com. Tours may not be reserved by telephone. All tours include transportation unless noted otherwise and are inclusive of state and city tax.

 

Click a Date for Details on Optional Tours:

LSU Agricultural Center

7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.   |   $140 (Includes Box Lunch on the Bus)

 

Located in Acadia Parish, LSU Agricultural Center’s Rice Research Station has been conducting research and developing new rice varieties that benefit the rice industry in Louisiana and help put rice on the table for families around the world. The station covers about 1,000 acres and includes more than 30 acres devoted to research on crawfish. Some rice varieties are developed for crawfish forage for those farmers who double-crop.

 

This curated tour will be led by a member of the LSU Agricultural Center’s research team who will give an in depth look at the rice industry and the research conducted on site. You will then have a chance to tour different aspects of the station such as research field equipment, seed processing, and planting fields. After visiting the rice station, you’ll head up the road to the local rice and crawfish farming operation to see how these two industries work together.

 

tHE pORT OF nEW oRLEANS

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.   |   $50

 

Jump onboard this fascinating and private tour of the Port of New Orleans.  Unavailable to the public, this specialized tour will take you behind the scenes for an inside look at one of the largest operating cargo ports in the United States.

 

Whether it is by railway, barge or trucking, the Port of New Orleans acts as the destination and distributer of some of the world’s most important cargo.  With over 6 million square feet of covered storage area and 22 million square feet of cargo handling area the Port of New Orleans stretches for miles along the shoreline of the Mississippi River.  Your Port of New Orleans Certified Guide will describe the Port’s history, current capabilities and what the future holds for this active port. Note: Photo ID required for tour.

 

 

A DAY ON THE BAYOU

1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.   |   $68

 

Forget about the hustle and bustle of the French Quarter and experience another kind of “wildlife”.  Enter the land of swamps and marshes, home to hundreds of species of unique and interesting animals while discovering the land that gave birth to Cajun culture and cuisine.

 

Boarding a specially designed pontoon boat, this excursion starts on a bayou… local parlance for a small rivulet or stream.  Gnarled and twisted cypress stumps and branches lushly draped with Spanish moss line the banks of this waterway.  On this meandering cruise, the captain, a native of the region, provides an interesting and entertaining narrative of the history of this massive swampland.

 

Catch a glimpse of any number of animals that inhabit the area:  bald eagles, alligators, blue herons, snappin’ turtles and water snakes – the list goes on.  You will even get a peek at an authentic Cajun “trapper’s shack” nestled in this beautiful swampland.  For a truly fun and fantastic visit outside of the city, visit Louisiana’s other wildlife!

  

 

The "Big Easy" City Tour

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.   |   $50

 

From the sultry history of the French Quarter to the majesty of St. Charles Avenue’s stately mansions, this is a thorough and fascinating introduction to the endless variety of sights found in the “Big Easy.”  Come on a fascinating roundabout of the city’s unique neighborhoods.

 

Journey down Esplanade Avenue and visit St. Louis Cemetery, one of the unique “Cities of the Dead.” See one of the nation’s largest parks as you venture out to the lakefront.   Next, sit back and relax as you wind down St. Charles Avenue following the country’s oldest streetcar line, see Tulane and Loyola Universities as well as beautifully restored mansions.  All of the stories and facts will leave you with a real sense of New Orleans’ true spirit, its proud history and rich culture. 

 

Head into City Park, a 1,300 square foot park in New Orleans. City Park is as magical and unique as the city of New Orleans. This outdoor oasis has enchanted New Orleanians since 1854, making it one of the nation’s oldest urban parks. Each year, millions of visitors stroll under the same historic oaks and picturesque moss canopies that served as the backdrop for dances, concerts and even gentlemanly duels or “affaires d’honneur” for generations.

PJ's COffee/Ballard Brands

7:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.   |   $86

 

PJ's Coffee of New Orleans was founded in 1978 by Phyllis Jordan, a pioneer in the coffee industry that demonstrated better beans, superior roasting techniques, and pure passion for the art of coffee-making. PJ's famous iced coffees are brewed daily using a special cold-drip process that protects the flavor and strength of the beans, while producing a coffee that is 2/3 less acidic - a process pioneered by their founder.

 

Today, PJ’s Coffee serves a wide variety of hot, iced and frozen coffee beverages utilizing only the top 1% of Arabica beans, sourcing 14 origin coffees from Sumatra to Ethiopia, Colombia to Papua New Guinea.  PJ’s Coffee’s experienced Chief Roastmaster will take you through the lifecycle of the coffee bean, starting from the vine and ending in the mug, as he guides you through the PJ’s facility. From receiving to packaging, roasting to flavoring, this customized experience offers a first-hand look into the coffee industry. This tour will also include a coffee tasting and a brief tour of the Bywater Neighborhood.

 

 

 

St. Joseph Sugar Cane Farm

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.   |   $85


“Authentic” best describes St. Joseph, an historic Sugarcane Plantation, located upriver from New Orleans in Vacherie, Louisiana. St. Joseph has been an operating sugar cane farm since 1830, farming approximately 1,000 acres of prime Louisiana agricultural farmland. Today, the farm continues to be owned and operated by descendants of the founding family. During this tour, one of the knowledgeable farmers will guide the group through a brief history of the plantation followed by a tour of the sugar cane fields where they will take you through the day-to-day operations of their facility.

 

 

creole queen riverboat tour

8:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.   |   $92 (Includes Brunch)


Join us for a riverboat tour on the Mississippi river highlighting New Orleans’ infrastructure and key points of historical importance. The inland waterways are essential to efficiently moving U.S. commodities and value-added products to global markets. In fact, annually 60% of U.S. grain exports transit the inland waterways, with New Orleans representing the largest port of export within the system. The Creole Queen will depart from its berth in the Port of New Orleans. A light brunch will be provided.

 

 

The Port of New Orleans

9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.   |   $50

 

Jump onboard this fascinating and private tour of the Port of New Orleans.  Unavailable to the public, this specialized tour will take you behind the scenes for an inside look at one of the largest operating cargo ports in the United States.

 

Whether it is by railway, barge or trucking, the Port of New Orleans acts as the destination and distributer of some of the world’s most important cargo.  With over 6 million square feet of covered storage area and 22 million square feet of cargo handling area the Port of New Orleans stretches for miles along the shoreline of the Mississippi River.  Your Port of New Orleans Certified Guide will describe the Port’s history, current capabilities and what the future holds for this active port. Note: Photo ID required for tour.


 

Cookin N'Awlins STyle 

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.   |   $90 (Includes Lunch) 

 

Enjoy a highly entertaining patter about life in New Orleans as our lively Chef teaches you the steps in preparing Creole delicacies – a world famous cuisine that combines the finest elements of French and Spanish cooking with rich indigenous seafood, spices, and produce. Local specialty dishes such as Gumbo, Andouille Jambalaya and Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce will be demonstrated. Sample some of these delicacies as you enjoy a relaxing lunch following the presentation. Pralines and recipe cards to take home are a perfect finish to this cooking delight.

 

Notes: includes narrated Walking Tour of the Historic French Quarter (en Route to Cooking School); beer & soft drinks included with lunch.

St. Joseph Sugar Cane Farm

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.   |   $85

 

“Authentic” best describes St. Joseph, an historic Sugarcane Plantation, located upriver from New Orleans in Vacherie, Louisiana. St. Joseph has been an operating sugar cane farm since 1830, farming approximately 1,000 acres of prime Louisiana agricultural farmland. Today, the farm continues to be owned and operated by descendants of the founding family. During this tour, one of the knowledgeable farmers will guide the group through a brief history of the plantation followed by a tour of the sugar cane fields where they will take you through the day-to-day operations of their facility.

 

The "Big Easy" City Tour

2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.   |   $50

 

From the sultry history of the French Quarter to the majesty of St. Charles Avenue’s stately mansions, this is a thorough and fascinating introduction to the endless variety of sights found in the “Big Easy.”  Come on a fascinating roundabout of the city’s unique neighborhoods.

 

Journey down Esplanade Avenue and visit St. Louis Cemetery, one of the unique “Cities of the Dead.” See one of the nation’s largest parks as you venture out to the lakefront.   Next, sit back and relax as you wind down St. Charles Avenue following the country’s oldest streetcar line, see Tulane and Loyola Universities as well as beautifully restored mansions.  All of the stories and facts will leave you with a real sense of New Orleans’ true spirit, its proud history and rich culture.

 

Head into City Park, a 1,300 square foot park in New Orleans. City Park is as magical and unique as the city of New Orleans. This outdoor oasis has enchanted New Orleanians since 1854, making it one of the nation’s oldest urban parks. Each year, millions of visitors stroll under the same historic oaks and picturesque moss canopies that served as the backdrop for dances, concerts and even gentlemanly duels or “affaires d’honneur” for generations. 

 

 

NOLA Brewing Company with tasting

2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.   |   $85

 

Tap into the uniqueness of New Orleans with a visit to the award-winning NOLA Brewing Co., serving up a good time and great, locally brewed beers in New Orleans’ Irish Channel Neighborhood.

 

During this exclusive tour you will get a behind the scenes look with the top Brewmaster at the technical side of microbrewing from start to finish. NOLA Brewing’s in-house Brewmaster will cover a variety of topics including the brewing process using raw materials, types of grains used and how they make their selections, how the grains are transformed by the maltster, how hops are used and what happens to the spent grains.

 

If you are thirsty after the tour, you’re in luck! We’ll end things on a “hoppy” note with a sampling of NOLA Brewing’s award-winning brews.

 

 

NOLA TRADITIONS: DISTILLERY TOUR WITH TASTINGS

2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.   |   $86

 

Learn the history behind distilling in New Orleans with this fun and exciting trip to two of our city’s distilleries. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the distillation process where we will tour two of New Orleans’ best local distilleries. First up is Cajun Distillery, home of Crescent Vodka! Whether you are meeting new people or old friends, the Crescent City offers camaraderie to all. Handcrafted from a special breed of Louisiana sugarcane distilled in custom-built copper stills, Crescent Vodka pays tribute to the millennial-old tradition of raising a glass together.  

 

Next, step back in time as you head over to Storyville; this used to be the hottest neighborhood offering smooth jazz and even smoother drinks.  Sample a line of high-quality spirits at New Orleans’ newest distillery, Seven-Three Distillery & Co. The curated rooms within this distillery tell a story of the fine tradition of distilling in the city and how it evolved along with the other pleasures that made New Orleans famous.

 

 

a dAY ON THE BAYOU

2:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.   |   $68

 

Forget about the hustle and bustle of the French Quarter and experience another kind of “wildlife”.  Enter the land of swamps and marshes, home to hundreds of species of unique and interesting animals while discovering the land that gave birth to Cajun culture and cuisine.

 

Boarding a specially designed pontoon boat, this excursion starts on a bayou… local parlance for a small rivulet or stream.  Gnarled and twisted cypress stumps and branches lushly draped with Spanish moss line the banks of this waterway.  On this meandering cruise, the captain, a native of the region, provides an interesting and entertaining narrative of the history of this massive swampland.

 

Catch a glimpse of any number of animals that inhabit the area:  bald eagles, alligators, blue herons, snappin’ turtles and water snakes – the list goes on.  You will even get a peek at an authentic Cajun “trapper’s shack” nestled in this beautiful swampland.  For a truly fun and fantastic visit outside of the city, visit Louisiana’s other wildlife!

 

 

BEHIND THE SCENES OF MARDI GRAS

2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.   |   $80

 

Get an insider’s look at the magic of Mardi Gras by stepping into the studios of Blaine Kern and his team of world-renowned masters of float-building and Carnival! Since 1947, Mardi Gras World’s artists and craftsmen have designed and built the oldest and biggest parade floats and attractions each Mardi Gras season, with over 500 floats built and decorated every year. Marvel at towering floats and see how these amazing pieces come to life each year. The history and the craft are explained as guests enjoy the wonder of Mardi Gras World.

 

Following the tour of Mardi Gras World, we will take a ride up historic Saint Charles Avenue and see where the Uptown parades begin their procession each year as you learn more about the history behind the “Greatest Free Show on Earth”.