The Fried Chicken Festival In New Orleans
I was in New Orleans over the weekend (Sept. 23-25) and had a blast may I add. Me, my husband and our friends Elisha and Wes, went to the N.O. to take a little grown folks time-out. Knowing there's always something going on in New Orleans, we knew we'd find something to do. This past weekend didn't disappoint. Nola was busting at the seems with thousands of tourists and tons of events going on.
For starters it was New Orleans Bike Week (the main reason we went), Beyonce was in town with her Formation World Tour, the Saints were playing Atlanta at home, the monument protest at Jackson Square was going on, and on top of all of that.... we learned the city was hosting it's very first annual Fried Chicken Festival.
Aside of from all the fun we had, it was time to head back home. After we checked out of the Les Meridien New Orleans, we walked across the street to Mother's for some breakfast and then headed to beautiful Lafayette Square park, which was a couple of blocks away to checkout the cities first festival about chicken. We had no intention on eating and the festival was barely beginning. We simply wanted to stop by and see what it was about.
Let me tell you...it was great! I already have plans to attend next year. The weather was picture perfect, under the beautiful trees there was a nice breeze, jazz music was in the mix and the aroma of fried chicken was in the air. Just about every restaurant in the city, that served chicken, had a booth. Trust me, they had chicken cooked in every way it could be cooked fried, grilled, baked, smothered, jerk and more.
Though chicken was the main dish, it wasn't the only item being sold. The festival, sponsored by Raising Cane's, also featured every side dish you can imagine. Their was rice dressing, stuffed bellpeppers to pies and praline candy being sold by the finest vendors, creole restaurants, bakery's and sweet shops New Orleans had to offer.
Long story short, I can't wait til next September! I highly recommend the Fried Chicken Festival in New Orleans for you 2017 travels. Below are a few pics I took and I was able to catch the festivals grand opening on video...a mini Zulu Parade and Second Line! Enjoy!