The countdown to Fried Chicken Fest is on Are Your Stretchy Pants Ready

The countdown to Fried Chicken Fest is on Are Your Stretchy Pants Ready

Fried Chicken Fest returns to Winnipeg this coming Sunday with the ultimate fan-driven competition to find the best fried chicken in the city. From January 20 to 27, restaurants across the city and in Stony Mountain and Selkirk will serve up their best fried chicken creation to eager food lovers who will try to get out and try as many dishes as they can and vote for their favourite. There are 19 restaurants signed up for the second annual event and organizers are excited to see the response from fans on social media and regulars on the Winnipeg food scene.

“Winnipeggers love food and competition. This event is a perfect way to do both. Fried Chicken Fest has Winnipeg’s best chefs showing off their creativity and welcoming excited food lovers into their restaurants. Yes, it’s cold, but Fried Chicken Week is a fun way to encourage people to get out and experience the best of Winnipeg’s food scene with friends and family,” Chef Allan Pineda, co-organizer of Fried Chicken Fest stated.

This year participating restaurants had to enter with a fried chicken concept not usually found on their menu. Fried Chicken Fest lovers are in for a treat this way– the creativity and flavour profiles offered this week are unique to this food festival. Fried chicken lovers should be mapping out their restaurant stops to maximize flavour potential—from the spices to the crunch, from the creativity to the presentation—which restaurant will win the taste buds and hearts of foodies? Fried Chicken Fest goers are encouraged to try as many dishes as they can and vote for their favourite. The current title holder is the Oak & Grain at the Hilton Winnipeg Airport Suites at 1800 Wellington Avenue. This year’s winner be announced shortly after January 27.

Created by Susie Erjavec Parker and Allan Pineda, Fried Chicken Fest’s goal is to create something tasty and fun during the otherwise dark, cold month of January. Susie is the principal of SPARKER Strategy Group and has extensive restaurant and food marketing experience. Chef Allan is the creator of Baon Manila Nights and produces pop-ups around the globe. They roughed out Fried Chicken Fest over a restaurant table in the heart of Winnipeg and the rest is history. “We’re delighted to bring Fried Chicken Fest back, and we expect Fried Chicken Fest to only get bigger and better,” said Susie Erjavec Parker.

About Fried Chicken Fest

From January 20 to 27, 2019, Winnipeg restaurants will create a signature fried chicken dish just for Fried Chicken Fest. Fried chicken lovers of all ages from anywhere in the city and surrounding areas are encouraged to taste and rank these delicious creations and vote for their favorite one at
Participating restaurants so far are:

The Oak & Grain
ERA Bistro
Tallest Poppy
Little goat food & drink
Blaze Restaurant & Lounge
Khao Restaurant
The Merchant Kitchen
Summit Café (Stony Mountain)
Vinnies South Indian (Selkirk)
Little Bones Wings
Magic Bird Fried Chicken
One Great City Brewing Co.
Silver Heights Restaurant
Brazen Hall Kitchen & Brewery
Nikos Restaurant
LOFT 180 at McPhillips Street Casino
Toukie’s Lounge at Club Regent Casino
St. James Burger & Chip Co.
Restaurants can still sign-up at