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First annual ‘Fried Chicken Festival’ vendors announced: Bayou Hot Wings, Nana G.’s Chicken and Waffles, Fiorella’s, and more

Written by  IntheNOLA.com
If just the announcement of a whole festival dedicated to fried chicken got you excited, then we’re positive you’re gonna bust with excitement now that the vendors have been announced for the first annual Fried Chicken Festival at Lafayette Square on Sunday, September 25!
 
In total, you’ll have 25…yes, 25 vendors to choose from. Whether you’re looking for your traditional chicken from The Original Fiorellas Café or McHardy’s Chicken & Fixin’, chicken and waffles from Milkfish or Atlanta-based Nana G.’s Chicken & Waffles, wings from Bayou Hot Wings or Koreole, or fried chicken with a twist from The Company Burger or Roux Bistro at the Sheraton New Orleans, the Fried Chicken Festival has got you covered!
“New Orleans is finally getting our first ever Fried Chicken Festival!” exclaimed Allen Nguyen, chef and co-owner of Bayou Hot Wings (6221 S. Claiborne Ave.). “Being a part of this festival is truly an honor. There’s really nothing I love more than a good piece of fried chicken!”
First annual ‘Fried Chicken Festival’ vendors announced: Bayou Hot Wings, Nana G.’s Chicken and Waffles, Fiorella’s, and more | IntheNOLA.com 
Allen continued, “For our wings, the main thing that sets our chicken apart from everyone else’s is our brine/marinade. We let them brine for at least 24 hours to not only impart the delicious flavor, but to also tenderize the meat. And honestly, our homemade sauces that we coat them in can’t be beat!”
 
Adam Biderman, chef and owner of The Company Burger, can’t wait for the festival as well. “Not only do we love eating fried chicken in any form whenever we can, we also love making our Tuesday-only friend chicken sandwich at our restaurant on Freret St. (4600 Freret St.) as well as the fried chicken thigh slider during happy hour at our CBD location (611 O’Keefe Ave.),” he said. “What sets our chicken apart from others is that we only use ethical, and hormone- and antibiotic-free birds. They are raised humanely and allowed access to the outside to roam freely. We brine our chicken cutlets over night and only use a flour dredge to coat them before frying them in canola oil. We make all the mayo and pickles ourselves, bake the bread ourselves, and butter and toast the buns for each sandwich. The attention to detail all the way from the raw product to what our guests eat is what truly sets us apart.”  
 
“We are passionate about preparing and frying chicken,” said McHardy’s Chicken & Fixin’s (1458 N. Broad St.) Rahman MoGilles. “In a world of people always wanting instant gratification, our job is extremely challenging. With gas stations and corner grocery stores offering fried chicken, many of them preparing the chicken early in the morning and lining it up similar to an assembly line, we make sure that our product is worth waiting for and finger-licking good every time it is served.”
First annual ‘Fried Chicken Festival’ vendors announced: Bayou Hot Wings, Nana G.’s Chicken and Waffles, Fiorella’s, and more | IntheNOLA.com
The Original Fiorellas’ Café’s Kelly Fiorella is excited to participate in the festival with all the other great restaurants. “We have been in this business for many years and believe that frying chicken is a skill that does not come naturally,” smiled Kelly. “Daily, we are happy to share it with the public, friends, and most of all, family.”
 
“Preparation and selection of chicken and flavor are tedious, yet meticulous, processes in which we take a great deal of pride,” Kelly continued. “From the beginning, we are selective in the birds we use, the time we take to prepare them, and the simplicity in the execution of frying the chickens! Such care and simplicity are what have given us the reputation of being a great fried chicken restaurant and we stand by that sentiment 100%. In the end, we guarantee fresh, fried to perfection, bursting with flavor, love, and bundles of robust happiness! Anything less than that would be uncivilized!” 
 
In addition to all the delicious fried chicken, festivalgoers will also be treated to fries from The Fry Bar NOLA and sweets from Sweet Legacy, crepes from Crepes a la Cart, snowballs from Orleagian Snowballs, the Fried Chicken Wing Eating Contest and the Best Fried Chicken Contest, live music and other surprises throughout the day.

So you know what that means, right?! Start exercising NOW! You won’t be able to pass up some of the deliciousness that will be present at the Fried Chicken Festival!
First annual ‘Fried Chicken Festival’ vendors announced: Bayou Hot Wings, Nana G.’s Chicken and Waffles, Fiorella’s, and more | IntheNOLA.com
Here's who you can look forward to seeing in September: A Taste of Houma, Bayou Hot Wings, Belle's Diner, Delpit's Chicken Shack, Diva Dawg, Frazier's Connection Restaurant, Frencheeze Food Truck, Koreole, Koz's, McHardy's Fried Chicken, Milkfish, Nana G.'s Chicken & Waffles, Porter & Lukes, Roux Bistro at the Sheraton New Orleans, Swamp Kitchen, Tchefuncta Country Club, The Company Burger, The Original Fiorellas' Cafe, Tiger's Creole Cuisine, Tracey's Original Irish Channel Bar, Jazz City Cafe, Liberty's Kitchen, Cafe Reconcile, Crepes a la Cart, Sweet Legacy, The Fry Bar, and Orleagian Snowballs. 
 
For more information about the Fried Chicken Festival, visit the website and Facebook page.
 
Last modified on Wednesday, 06 July 2016
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