There’s nothing like good fried chicken to bring Houstonians together, and on June 1, there is going to be a whole lot of it at the Southern Fried Chicken Festival. From 1-7 pm, Houston's historic third-ward Peggy Park will be filled with live music, contests, games, dessert, and the best fried chicken around for the second-annual event.
While originally set to take place in April, the event was rescheduled to June due to inclement weather. Ambiance matters when this is the only fried chicken fest we get in this city. But no worries, only sunshine is forecasted for June 1.
Hosted by 8th Wonder Brewery, the festival promises to have all the best chefs and culinary artists—from gourmet to food truck—to celebrate Houston's favorite dish.
- Frenchy's Chicken
- Smoked and Ready
- Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken
- Pat's Wings on Wheels
- Flamed Up Cookers and Catering
- The Waffle Bus
- Krave Funnel Cones
- T&T Cajun Eatery
- Cafe 4212
- Chicken Box Delicious
- Chicago's Famous Fried Chicken and Fish
- Max's Wine Dive
- Stuff'd Wings
Plus, artists and DJs will be there to serenade you and your friends during your fried chicken binge.
With so much fried chicken and so little time, measures must be taken. You can sign up for the SFCF Fried Chicken Wing Eating Contest online, which challenges participators to down as many chicken wings as they can in two minutes. Festival-goers will also get to vote on their favorite and most creative dish for free upon admission (because #merica).
The event organizers welcome attendees to bring their own lawn chairs, blankets, and favorite hot sauces. Trust me, you're gonna need it for that food-coma siesta.
Free general admission to the festival is sold out, but three other ticket options are available for those of you who are super serious about their chicken: the Chickadee ($10), the Big Bird ($20), the Yard Bird ($75). They all offer access to the live performances and food vendors, some just in more exclusive areas if you're boujee like that. A portion of the proceeds will go to support non-profits for colon cancer research, so you can have your chicken and eat it too!
Festival Founder Vince Milson wants to use this festival as a way of educating people on colon cancer. After his mother died of the disease, he recognized the lack of conversation around it.
"This may sound weird, but it made sense to me to get a lot of fried chicken lovers together and lightly sprinkle information about the disease and how early detection can save your life," Milson told Narcity.
Because a vegan festival just wouldn't have the same crowd. Plus, a cheat meal is a must, he says.
And yes, before you worry, Chick-fil-A will be there. Peggy Park is located at 4101 Almeda Rd, Houston, TX 77004. And the festivities will begin on Saturday, June 1, at 1pm.