Fried Chicken Fest Houston promises just that downtown

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It’s in its name: Fried Chicken Fest is once again bringing the best chicken cooked in high heat oil to downtown Houston.

And it’s for a good cause. Founder Vince Milson said proceeds from the event will go to colon cancer research.

“My mother passed away in 2004 from colon cancer,” he said. “At the time, my friends and I were trying to find ways to donate. I went to a big fried chicken festival in New Orleans and was inspired.”

Previously known as the Southern Fried Chicken Festival, it took place once in 2017 at Levy Park and again in 2019 at Peggy Park. Milson said he raised between $4,000 and $5,000.

If you splurge for the VIP pass ($60), you’ll receive a goody bag with 10 food/drink tickets and access to the VIP tent area with seating for eating, drinking and mingling. Milson promises that the VIP pass will also come with a special surprise.

But everyone ($20) can enjoy all the goodies available from the 24 vendors, plus live music, cooking demonstrations, and a contest to eat fried chicken wings.

The event is in the 2300 block of Pierce and will be open from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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