The inaugural Fried Chicken Festival (FCF) is set to take place on Sunday, September 25, 2016, at Lafayette Square, located in the Central Business District of New Orleans. FCF is a free outdoor festival that brings food, music, family and festivities together, all in celebration of the classic southern dish. The festival will take place from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Sweet Crude, John Boutte, Tank and the Bangas, the Brass-A-Holics and DJ Mannie Fresh are scheduled to perform.
The Indie-Rock Louisianais of Sweet Crude make progressive music that embraces the region’s French tradition. Jazz singer John Boutte was voted OffBeat Magazine’s best male vocalist more than eight times. Tank and the Bangas have amassed a large local following by combining soul, funk, jazz, folk, spoken word and more into their performances. The Brass-A-Holics blends a heavy dose of go-go funk to the New Orleans brass sound. Multiplatinum, Grammy-nominated producer and entertainer DJ Mannie Fresh will close out the FCF stage.
The event is free and presented by Raising Cane’s. It will include events such as the Fried Chicken Tenders Eating Contest and the Best Fried Chicken Contest, which will be judged by local and national food writers, bloggers and critics.
Also, the event will feature a 10-foot One Love wall where festival attendees will be encouraged to share a message of love and encouragement as well as what they love about fried chicken and the festival.
The festival will include events such as the Fried Chicken Wing Eating Contest and the Best Fried Chicken Contest, which will be judged by local and national food writers, bloggers and critics. In addition, there will be live entertainment and more than 20 restaurants providing their own unique twist on the beloved dish.
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