National Fried Chicken Festival (FCF) taking place Oct. 1-2 on the New Orleans lakefront recently announced its entertainment lineup and a new partnership with nonprofit organization Son of a Saint, in addition to unveiling the first official poster for FCF 2022 by local artist Nesby Phips. 

This year’s festival will feature over 100 musicians across two stages of music – the main stage presented by Raising Cane’s and a second stage presented by New Orleans & Co. The music lineup includes a diverse range of top artists and bands from across the region, including Soul Rebels, Mannie Fresh, Amanda Shaw, Shamarr Allen, Chris Ardoin, PNC, Brassaholics, Flowtribe, Flagboy Giz, and many more, over the course of the two days. 

Festival organizers revealed the first-ever official FCF poster by renowned local visual artist Nesby Phips. 

“This first official poster was inspired by the high energy of the festival mixed with the step to bring new cultural programming to the lakefront,” said Phips. “The lakefront has been under-curated for quite some time, and it’s my happy place, so I took a lot of pride in assisting to bring new life to it.” 

The poster will be available for purchase on-site both days of the festival as well as online at friedchickenfestival.com.

Festival organizers also  announced a new collaboration with its official nonprofit partner, Son of a Saint, which provides mentorship, education, recreation, camaraderie, cultural enrichment, and emotional support to fatherless young men in New Orleans. Attendees will have multiple opportunities to support the work of the organization at this year’s festival, including the purchase of Sonny’s Margarita as a featured cocktail (with every margarita sold, the festival will donate $2 to Son of a Saint), the option to make a donation on any beverage purchased from one of the various bar areas, and an opportunity to engage directly with their team at the featured booth in the new Community Corner presented by Capital One. 

“Son of a Saint is honored and excited to partner with National Fried Chicken Festival as its lead charitable beneficiary,” said Son of a Saint Founder and CEO Bivian “Sonny” Lee III. “After a two-year hiatus, we’re proud to be directly involved with this landmark regional event and in such a major way. This opportunity allows Son of a Saint to be seen and to engage with our Greater New Orleans community, while also raising critical funds for the more than 300 young men we serve. This level of support is critical to our sustainability and continued growth.”

Festival founder Cleveland Spears, III, says philanthropy is part of the event’s mission. 

“As a company and as a festival, we have always placed great value on diversity, inclusiveness, and giving back, and every facet of this year’s event depicts that,” says Spears, who is also president and CEO of the Spears Group. “From our wide-ranging vendor and entertainment lineups to new community partnerships benefiting organizations like Son of a Saint doing great work for our city, we’re expanding our impact more than ever before.”

Admission to this year’s festival is $15 per day or $20 for a weekend pass. Kids 12 and under get in free. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit friedchickenfestival.com.

The New Orleans Tribune

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