Organizers for the National Fried Chicken Festival launch a new event celebrating all things fried chicken in lieu of the festival’s cancellation.
Now, organizers will reimagine the fest as National Fried Chicken Festival Week, a weeklong event showcasing some of the various restaurants and non-food vendors that were scheduled to appear at this year’s festival. The event runs from Oct. 18 to Oct. 24.
For the second year in a row, the Fried Chicken Fest was canceled due to another spike in coronavirus cases in the region. The event was originally scheduled for Oct. 23 and Oct. 24 along the New Orleans Lakefront.
Cleveland Spears, organizer and president/CEO of the Spears Group says he created the event to support businesses “reeling from multiple disasters” including the pandemic and Hurricane Ida.
“While we were unable to put on our festival as planned, we wanted to look at other ways to assist our local businesses and culture bearers who are struggling and in need of assistance,” Spears said.
Across the city and throughout the week, partnering restaurants will feature off-menu items that would have been served at this year’s in-person festival.
Here are some of the participating food vendors and specials:
Other participating food vendors include Gus’s Fried Chicken, Tiger’s Creole Cuisine, Soule’ Cafe, Southern’s, Sno-La and Old School Eats.
A complete list of participating restaurants, vendors, offerings and ways to help support local businesses, musicians and more will be posted on the festival’s website.
For more information, visit friedchickenfestival.com.
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