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Fried Chicken Festival announces food lineup 

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Milkfish, Company Burger, McHardy's Fried Chicken and Bayou Hot Wings are among vendors who will sling their version of the iconic Southern staple at the city's inaugural Fried Chicken Festival ( Sept. 25 in Lafayette Square.

  "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.

  Other vendors 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. There will be a fried chicken wing eating contest and other events. The music lineup has not been announced.

  The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 25. Admission is free.

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