Fried Chicken Fest 2019: Gus’s, Blue Oak BBQ, McHardy’s, among participating restaurants

Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, Blue Oak BBQ, McHardy’s and Fiorella’s Cafe are among the restaurants set to participate at the 2019 National Fried Chicken Fest. Organizers announced its highly-anticipated list of local and national restaurants dishing out fried chicken from Sept. 20 to Sept. 22 at Woldenberg Park.

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More than 30 restaurants will provide unique spins on the iconic Southern dish, including nationally-renowned restaurants from Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi and Louisiana.

Other local favorites include We Dat’s Chicken & Shrimp, District Donuts Sliders & Brew, 14 Parishes and many more. The festival will also feature vegan and gluten-free options provided by local restaurants Ma Momma’s House, Crêpes à la Cart, Blue Oak BBQ, Southern’s, Theaudric’s Real Clever Cuisine, and SNO-LA Snowballs. See the full list of 2019 participating restaurants here at the website.

Again this year, through a partnership with Capital One Bank and it’s Getting Down to Business program, up-and-coming chefs will be showcased through a coveted vendor spot in the festival. Capital One has awarded this year’s spot to sister chefs and co-owners of LaDelyo’s Creole Catering, Yolanda Carter and Ardell Waters, both first-year graduates of Capital One Bank’s small business development program.

“This year’s festival is all about our restaurants providing an even more creative and unique spin on fried chicken,” said Cleveland Spears, III, FCF organizer and President/CEO of the Spears Group. “We want our guests to always expect the unexpected with our diverse menu offerings provided by our local and national restaurants.”

Restaurants will compete for bragging rights in the festival’s two highly coveted tasting contests, “Best Fried Chicken” and “Best Use of Fried Chicken in a Dish,” judged by a distinguished panel of judges comprised of food critics, restaurateurs, members of the press, and more.

See also: Here’s a list of fried chicken sandwiches to get your fix around New Orleans

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The music lineup at this year’s festival includes performances across three stages. The main stage features performances by the world-renowned St. Augustine High School Marching Band, the new group Bounce Royalty, comprised of Choppa, Cheeky Blakk, and DJ Jubilee, making their first performance as the newly formed group of bounce legends; Bonerama, and much more. Additionally, the DJ stage and the NOLA Cultural Arts stage will feature hours of exciting entertainment from a wide variety of acts.

Returning attractions also include Cane’s Square, the Mist and Chill lounge and a game-day screening for NFL and NCAA football fans. Festival attendees will also enjoy a new beer tasting garden and a Coors Light Cold Stream experience.

The National Fried Chicken Festival is a free outdoor festival in New Orleans that brings the community together to celebrate and indulge in one of America’s favorite foods.

Festival organizers expand the 2019 festival to three days. The fest takes place on Friday, Sept. 20 from noon to 9 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information about the National Fried Chicken Fest, visit the website at Friedchickenfestival.com.