New Orleans is no stranger to great food or festivals, and it’s certainly no stranger to combinations of the two. In fact, the city will see large-scale celebrations of Louisiana favorites like oysters and creole tomatoes in the first two weeks of this month.
Yet one regional classic has–much to my surprise–managed to avoid inspiring a local event dedicated to its deliciousness. Yes, you may be shocked to learn that New Orleans does not have a single festival honoring fried chicken.
That is, until now.
The first-ever New Orleans Fried Chicken Festival will take over Lafayette Square in the CBD on Sunday, September 25. The free festival will have some music to go along with its signature fried chicken, which will be provided by over 20 different restaurants.
There will also be a few competitive events, including a Fried Chicken Wing Eating Contest and a Best Fried Chicken Contest that will be judged by local and national food writers.
Details on music and participating restaurants are sure to be revealed in the coming months (you can apply for a vendor slot here). Until then, you can find out more information via the festival’s website.