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New Orleans Attractions: Annual Fried Chicken Festival

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New Orleans Fried Chicken Festival 

Discover the heart and soul of New Orleans through a culinary celebration like no other. Every year, the city comes alive with an event that tantalizes taste buds and fosters a sense of community. Enter the Annual Fried Chicken Festival: a harmonious fusion of taste, melody, and camaraderie, encapsulating the spirit of this extraordinary cultural haven. Whether you are a food aficionado or seeking vibrant leisure, this is an unmissable affair! 

All About the Fried Chicken Festival 

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Established in 2016 in New Orleans, the National Fried Chicken Festival (FCF) by Raising Cane’s is a two-day outdoor extravaganza uniting food, music, and culture enthusiasts nationwide. In 2022, the festival unveiled a picturesque new venue along the New Orleans Lakefront, expanding to accommodate more eateries, on-site engagements, and family-centered amusements.

This year, the 2023 FCF boasts its most extensive and diverse culinary lineup yet, with 50+ restaurants vying for honors like “Best Fried Chicken” and the innovative “Best Use of Fried Chicken in a Dish Awards.” Acknowledging culinary excellence, the event also presents the Culinary Icon Award, celebrating remarkable chef contributions. Festivals for Good, a Louisiana-based 501c3 nonprofit, is responsible for organizing this beloved event.

Entertainment and Activities 

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The annual Fried Chicken Fest is a hub of diverse entertainment, ensuring a captivating experience for all attendees. Among the attractions is the vibrant vendor marketplace, showcasing an array of unique local products that visitors can explore and purchase. Cane’s Square is a dynamic zone where games, music, and exciting prizes await, creating an atmosphere of joy and engagement.

Families with children will also find a haven in the specially curated Family Zone, tailored to keep young ones entertained with activities and amusements. For licensed educators, a dedicated teacher’s hospitality lounge offers a welcoming retreat. As for enthusiasts of craft beverages, the beer garden awaits, offering a selection of chilled craft beers to complement the culinary delights. With options spanning from shopping to interactive games and relaxing lounges, the entertainment offered at the Fried Chicken Festival caters to a wide range of interests and preferences. 

Admission Dates & Tickets

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Mark your calendars for the ultimate culinary celebration at the Annual Fried Chicken Festival, happening from September 30th to October 1st weekend. Located at the picturesque New Orleans Lakefront on Franklin Avenue, this event promises a feast for all senses. Ticket options range from $15 to $120, with children aged 12 and under granted free entry alongside a ticketed adult. Convenient parking is available at the UNO Lakefront Arena, ensuring easy access to the festival grounds. Additional parking can also be found at the University of New Orleans main campus, with a complimentary shuttle service ferrying guests to the festival site. 

Have More Fun on a Legendary Walking Tour 

Enhance your Fried Chicken Festival experience with a captivating French Quarter Tour. Immerse yourself in the heart of New Orleans’ rich history as you stroll along the cobblestone streets, guided by local experts who unravel tales of the past.  

For a change of scenery, embark on a captivating Garden District Tour. Amidst the festival’s excitement, take a leisurely exploration of this elegant neighborhood, known for its stunning architecture and lush landscapes. Discover the stories behind the grand mansions, soak in the serene atmosphere, and find inspiration in the neighborhood’s unique charm. Book your legendary New Orleans walking tour today! 

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