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Fried Chicken Festival Hits Chinatown This Weekend

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A fried chicken fest is coming to Chinatown! (Photo by Arnold Gatilao via the Creative Commons on Flickr)
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Sometimes, you have to eat healthy all week to save your calories for a weekend event like this one. FoodGPS is hosting its third annual Fried Chicken Festival on August 17, but this time at a new location: Chinatown's Central Plaza.

Celebrating the beloved golden and crispy meaty dish, FoodGPS (which brought to you June's Rib Fest) invites fried chicken enthusiasts to gather at the open air plaza from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. to check out some choice dishes from some local vendors and chefs. Some of the folks who will be participating include James Beard nominee Kris Morningstar and his fried chicken with pimento cheese grits, maple and scallions; Eggslut's fried chicken belly mazeman with egg noodles; and Dante's Fried Chicken's popular Sock-It-To-Me Fried Chicken that comes with a coconut honey biscuit and elote. Badmaash, Craft, Free Range LA, Greenspan's Grilled Cheese, Homegirl Cafe & Catering, Ladies’ Gunboat Society at Flores, and Superba Food & Bread will also be there.

If you purchase a $65 ticket online (or $75 at the day of the event if tickets are still available), in addition to eating the variety of fried chicken items, you can also sample desserts from the likes of McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams, Quenelle, Sprinkles Cupcakes, and Valerie Confections. And you can wash that down with cocktails by Jason Bran and Damian Windsor, beer from Firestone Walker Brewing Co., coffee from Portola Coffee Lab, among others.

VIP tickets cost $90 if bought online (and $100 at the door), and will grant ticket-holders entry an hour early before the event starts. For more info, visit the event website here.