NEW ORLEANS, La (BRPROUD) – If you’ve been waiting all yea to get your hands on all of the fried chicken your heart can handle, you’re going to have to wait until next year.
The Fifth Annual National Fried Chicken Festival Presented by Raising Canes has been canceled.
Organizers released this statement this morning:
“Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, our team has maintained that the health and safety of our guests, restaurateurs, crew and community would always be our priority,” said Cleveland Spears, III, FCF organizer and President/CEO of the Spears Group.
“ This decision was particularly difficult, as the independently owned restaurants that participate in our festival have had an extraordinarily difficult year. We remain committed to finding other ways to support those restaurants over the coming weeks and months. We look forward to returning with an extraordinary experience in the fall of 2022. But in the meantime, we ask the community to comply with all COVID-19 health and safety guidelines so we can come together again to celebrate America’s favorite dish.”
Other festivals such as Jazz Fest and French Quarter Fest have made similar decisions as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to surge across the region.
“We remain focused on doing what’s best for our Crew, our customers and our communities as well as with the events we support such as National Fried Chicken Festival,” said Todd Graves, Raising Cane’s Founder and CEO. “While we are disappointed that the festival can’t go on as planned, we look forward to bringing everyone back together to celebrate in 2022.”
The event was scheduled for October 23-24 on the New Orleans Lakefront.
For more information, visit friedchickenfestival.com.