When New Orleans’ inaugural Fried Chicken Festival was announced earlier this summer, organizers promised the event would feature a variety of takes on the classic Southern dish, along with some free live music.
It looks like they’ve delivered on both those fronts, as the festival revealed its music lineup this morning. The one-day event will offers sets from John Boutte, Sweet Crude, Tank & the Bangas and Brass-a-holics, with DJ Mannie Fresh closing out the party.
The new event, which unveiled its vendor lineup last month, will take place in Lafayette Square on Sunday, September 25 (just two weeks before the newly announced Beignet Fest take over the same location). The festival will showcase variations on fried chicken from a diverse array of establishments that includes:
Crepes a la Cart, Delpit’s Chicken Shack, A Taste of Houma, The Company Burger, Bayou Hot Wings, Fiorella’s Cafe, Belle’s Diner, McHardy’s Fried Chicken, Roux Bistro, Orleagian Snowballs, Koreole, Milkfish, Koz’s, Nana G’s Chicken & Waffles, Diva Dawg, Tracey’s Original Irish Channel Bar, Tchefuncta Country Club, Swamp Kitchen, Frazier’s Connection, Liberty’s Kitchen, Jazz City Cafe, Frencheeze Food Truck, Cafe Reconcile, The Fry Bar, Tiger’s Creole Cuisine, Sweet Legacy and Porter & Luke’s.
In addition to selling their dishes, these vendors will compete in a Best Fried Chicken Contest that will be judged by a panel of local and national food writers. There will also be a Fried Chicken Wing Eating Contest for the competitive eaters out there.
More information can be found via the festival’s website.