NEW ORLEANS (NOLA WEEKEND) – As we reach the top of a busy spring festival season in New Orleans, a major event is already being prepared for this fall.
Organizers of the National Fried Chicken Festival have announced its return this fall and a new location for the event. After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the festival is heading to a new home along the lake in New Orleans from October 1-2.
Now in its fifth year, Fried Chicken Fest has previously taken place at Woldenberg Riverfront Park and Lafayette Square. Organizers say the new location will provide festival-goers with more space and “beautiful waterfront views, spanning Lakeshore Drive from Franklin Avenue to the Seabrook Bridge,” according to a statement.
“It has been amazing to see the return of so many of the events our city has missed over the past two years,” Cleveland Spears, III, festival executive producer and Spears Group president/CEO, said in a statement. .
The National Fried Chicken Fest features live music and local and national chefs and restaurants showcasing their best versions of the dish.
Festival-goers can expect the return of the Best Fried Chicken competition and the Best Use of Chicken in a Dish competition. The event will once again honor a New Orleans culinary icon, organizers said.
In 2021, the Fried Chicken Fest has been canceled for the second year in a row due to another spike in coronavirus cases in the region. Instead, organizers redesigned the festival, turning it into a week-long celebration as part of National Fried Chicken Festival Week last October.
Across the city and throughout this week, partner restaurants and vendors who were scheduled to appear at last year’s festival showcased off-menu items.
The free outdoor festival broke its attendance record at the fourth annual event in 2019, which welcomed more than 183,000 guests over the three days.
The National Fried Chicken Festival will be the first major lakeside festival since Back to the Beach in 2005, shortly before Hurricane Katrina made landfall 17 years ago.
Since its inception in 2016, the festival has brought together food, music, family and festivities to celebrate the classic southern dish.
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