Milkfish, Company Burger, McHardy’s Fried Chicken and Bayou Hot Wings are just a few of the vendors who will be slinging their version of the iconic Southern staple at the city's first-ever Fried Chicken Festival
Organizers for the inaugural festival announced the lineup Wednesday — which also happens to be national Fried Chicken Day — for the fall festival, which takes place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 25 in Lafayette Square. It's free to the public.
“Our vendors are diverse like our city, each providing their own twist to the classic dish,” festival organizer Cleveland Spears III said in a prepared statement. “With so much excitement surrounding the festival, many of our vendors will appeal to the lovers of fried chicken and festival goers alike."
Some of the vendors at the event include Koreole, Crepes a la Cart, Fiorella’s Cafe, Diva Dawg, Tracey’s, Cafe Reconcile and Liberty’s Kitchen, among others. At the end of the festival, local and national food writers, bloggers and critics will judge who made the best fried bird.
Though a musi lineup has yet to be announced, the organizers have said musical acts will join a number of activities held in tribute to the Southern dish, including a fried chicken wing eating contest.
For more information on the festival, visit the website here.