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GoNOLA Guide to National Fried Chicken Festival

National Fried Chicken Festival (Photo: Zack Smith)

Here in New Orleans, we love our fried chicken – so much so that we have a festival dedicated to it. That’s no surprise. Golden and crispy, we’ll take ours bone-in or bone-less, in wings or nugs, spicy or mild. National Fried Chicken Festival has it all. Head down to Woldenberg Park on the Riverfront on September 22 and 23 for a taste. Here’s everything you need to know about Fried Chicken Fest in NOLA.

National Fried Chicken Festival (Photo: Zack Smith)

Two days. 35 vendors. Two music stages and one cooking demo stage – with a lineup like that, nothing but delicious memories are promised. Throughout the festival, enjoy food from classic New Orleans restaurants like Dunbar’s Creole Cuisine and McHardy’s Chicken N’ Fixins while also sampling food from vendors all over the country. This year, the festival will feature vendors from along the Gulf Coast, California, Georgia, and more, in addition to vendors from New Orleans.

National Fried Chicken Festival (Photo: Zack Smith)

Admission to the festival is free, but for the ultimate VIP experience, check out the Moët Chicken & Champagne VIP Lounge. For $75, lounge in a climate-controlled space complete with private viewing areas, a signature cocktail, and a mysterious “iconic chicken dish from a world-famous chicken vendor.”

In addition to the great food, the music lineup makes for a fun festival. This year, hear from a slew of headliners including Mannie Fresh, Amanda Shaw, Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs, Flow Tribe, the Original Pinettes Brass Band, and Pine Leaf Boys. Head to the Riverfront to experience the festival this September.

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