Willie Mae’s, McHardy’s Among Restaurants at 2017 National Fried Chicken Festival

Willie Mae's is part of the lineup.

Willie Mae’s Scotch House, McHardy’s and Dat Dog are among the restaurants set to participate when the National Fried Chicken Festival hits Woldenberg Park on Sept. 23 and Sept. 24. Organizers for the festival announced the initial food lineup for the free fest on Wednesday.

So far, the festival boasts more than 30 vendors participating in the second annual festival. Other local food vendors include Bayou Hot Wings, Willie’s Chicken Shack, Diva Dog, Fiorella’s Cafe and the recently re-opened Dunbar’s Famous Creole Cuisine. Organizers say additional vendors will be announced at a later date. For the current list of vendors, click here.

This year’s expansion will also give festival-goers a chance to sample dishes from restaurants outside of the state. vendors from New York, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Kentucky will touch down in New Orleans to showcase their dishes.

“It was important for us to provide guests with an exciting culinary experience and not simply restaurants providing fried chicken and french fries. Guests can expect unique utilizations of fried chicken in some really exciting dishes,”Cleveland Spears, III, festival organizer and president/CEO of the Spears Group said.

Festival-goers can celebrate one of America’s favorite dishes at the free, outdoor fest on Saturday, September 23 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, September 24 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. In addition to vendors from across the U.S. debuting their dishes, the festival will include two music stages and a cooking demo stage. There will also be a variety of experiences including the American Federation for Children Kids’ Coop, the Sucré Sweet Spot, the GoNOLA Mist and Chill Lounge, the return of the Moet Chicken and Champagne VIP Lounge and more.

For more information, visit friedchickenfestival.com.

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