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The upcoming National Fried Chicken Festival on New Orleans Lakefront

Ashley Lideau
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NEW ORLEANS, LA - The 2021 National Fried Chicken Day will be coming to New Orleans on October 23, from 11 a.m to 9 p.m., and on October 24, from 11 a.m to 8 p.m. The free admission event will also feature two stages of live music performances.

Cleveland Spears' local company called Spears Group started this event in Lafayette Square back then in 2016. The previous year's 2020 Fried Chicken Festival was cancelled due to the pandemic.

The organizer of the event has been working with the Lakefront Management for a fresh concept for the comeback of the themed food festival.

Sponsored by the Raising Cane, the event aims to help fried chicken enthusiasts, especially small chicken restaurants and food trucks. The current location is chosen to accommodate smaller visitors in order to get more intimate engagement for the sponsor and the vendors.

For the first time, the beauty of Lake Pontchartrain will accompany the bites of yummy fried chickens from various vendors. The event will take place on a stretch of park-like grounds in the middle of Franklin Avenue and the Seabrook Bridge.

“We think it’s about great chefs and restaurants making unique versions of fried chicken. That’s the headliner," Spears said. "We’re looking for creative dishes that incorporate fried chicken.”

“We started this with the premise that everyone loves fried chicken. ... We believe food brings people together,” he added.

As one of the most anticipated festivals in New Orleans due to its prior success for years, visitors can expect delicious fried chickens from the various curated local business while getting some fresh air and enjoying great music.

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