What, you ask, could possibly live up to festivals like Tacolandia or L.A. Taco Madness, where Angelenos are free to sample the city’s wide array of tacos?
One of the few exceptions would have to be Food GPS’s 3rd annual Fried Chicken Festival, which will take place August 17 from 4-7 p.m. at Chinatown’s historic Central Plaza.
“Fried chicken is one of my favorite foods,” says Food GPS founder Josh Lurie, who grew up eating it at Chicken Holiday, his neighborhood restaurant in Summit, New Jersey. “One of the things I’ve gotten to appreciate about fried chicken is how many different cultures around the world prepare their own versions. It’s globally beloved, and therefore lends itself to being a great festival food in Los Angeles where we have so much diversity. Here we’re lucky to have a range of experiences compared to cities like Atlanta, Nashville and Charleston.”
Kris Morningstar will serve up fried chicken with Pimento cheese grits, maple and scallions; Brian Dunsmoor from Flores and the Ladies’ Gunboat Society is showing off his version with local spiced honey and cilantro; while Ray England from Craft is going with a fried chicken patty in a Parker House Roll with smoked gribiche. Expect other iterations from Badmaash, Free Range L.A., Eggslut, Superba Food & Bread, and Homegirl Café and Catering.
“I’m honored to be a part of this, especially considering it’s my first festival,” says Free Range LA owner/chef Jesse Furman, who recently opened his Free Range mobile truck for breakfast and lunch service outside of Commissary Coffee. Furman will be making his signature tempura-batter chicken, as well as honey Sriracha sliders with Thai basil and cucumber. “I’m really looking forward how everyone else is going to prepare their food. There’s a lot of people participating who aren’t necessarily known for making fried chicken, and it’ll be fun to see what they bring to the table.”
In addition to various preparations of yardbird, cocktails and sodas are available, as well as desserts from the likes of Grand Central Market newcomer McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream.
Ticket info: General Admission tickets are $65 per person in advance, and $75 at the door, if still available. VIP Tickets for the event are $90 in advance, and $100 per person at the door. They include reserved seating and one-hour early admission from 3pm to 4 pm.