Photos by Fleur De Lis and Terry Jones
Founded in 2016 in New Orleans, the National Fried Chicken Festival (FCF) presented by Raising Cane’s is a two-day outdoor festival bringing together hundreds of thousands from across the nation around a shared love of great food, music, and culture. The festival debuted its scenic new location along the New Orleans Lakefront in 2022, with added space to offer more restaurants, on-site activations, and family-focused activities for guests to enjoy.
FCF 2023 featured its largest and most diverse food lineup to date, with over 50 participating restaurants showcasing their unique spins on the iconic Southern dish for an opportunity to take home the festival’s “Best Fried Chicken” and “Best Use of Fried Chicken in a Dish Awards.” For the third year, the highly coveted Culinary Icon Award will also be presented to a prominent chef who has made remarkable contributions to the culinary industry.
Music included Big Freedia, Kermit Ruffins, The Soul Rebels, Nayo Jones, A tribute to 50 years of Hip-Hop with a New Orleans twist featuring DJ’s Mannie Fresh, Raj Smoove, and local icons DJ Jubilee, TT Tucker, Partners in Crime, Choppa and much more. It was a fun-filled event, and a great time was had by all.