The 2017 Fried Chicken Festival (www.friedchickenfestival.com) will be Sept. 23-24 in Woldenberg Park.
The inaugural festival last year drew more than 40,000 attendees to Lafayette Square, organizers say. Some attendees waited as long as two hours for food and drink, and lines filled the park.
Organizers have moved the event to a larger space and added a day. There will be 35 food vendors, two music stages, a cooking demonstration stage and celebrity chef appearances, organizers say.
"The Fried Chicken Festival gives us a great opportunity to produce a free festival for families while providing a platform to showcase independently owned restaurants," says Cleveland Spears III, president and CEO of the Spears Group, the company that organizes the festival.