The Fried Chicken Festival set to take place Saturday (Sept. 23) and Sunday at Woldenberg Park on the Mississippi riverfront is further evidence that we live in paradise.
More than 30 New Orleans and regional restaurants will serve up sizzling poultry at the festival food booths. Can’t you already smell the glorious alchemy of fat fowl and hot oil?
Though the chicken booths charge for the food, entering the festival is free, and both days feature a daylong lineup of music. (A VIP lounge, available for $115 for both days, will feature special stage viewing areas as well as Willie Mae’s fried chicken and Moet Chandon Champagne.)
This year, the festival will donate 20 percent of drink proceeds to hurricane relief throughout the Gulf Coast.
In September 2016, naysayers opined that there were already too many food fests on the Crescent City calendar, and nobody would come to a late-summer downtown Fried Chicken Festival. They couldn’t have been more wrong. At the first festival there were, like, hundreds of people lined up at the Willie Mae’s Scotch House booth alone.
The first festival fit