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Fried Chicken Festival 2022

The one-day event will see fried chicken fans able to get their greasy mitts on wings, chicken-topped waffles, burgers, baos and other delights.
By Sarah Templeton
June 30, 2022
By Sarah Templeton
June 30, 2022

After being canned last year amid August's snap level 4 lockdown, the city's beloved Fried Chicken Festival is making its hotly anticipated return to Auckland. Part of the citywide Elemental AKL Festival, this year's festival will take place at Shed 10 on Saturday, July 30.

Auckland's finest food trucks and chicken restaurants will bring their best chicken-inspired menus to the upper and lower decks of the event space. Some already specialise in fried chicken — while others will change up their menus to incorporate the theme of the night.

A number of different cuisines will be on offer: Gracefully Jerked is bringing their Jamaican-inspired fried chicken; NomNom will be supplying Asian eats; More Pork switching things up and serving New Orleans-inspired fried chicken and waffles; while Temaki Truck will be slinging their famous Japanese-inspired Karaage. The best part? No dish will cost over $10.

Live music will be pumping throughout the night, and there will be plenty of bevvy options to wash all that chicken down, with Hunting Lodge wine, Pals and Behemous beers all on offer (including a special festival exclusive hazy pale ale named 'Deep Fried Goodness').

Once again, in an effort to cut down wait times and make crowds more manageable, the festival will be hosted across two sessions — lunch from 12–4pm and dinner from 5–9pm. This year will also be cashless, with festival-esque wristbands that can be pre-loaded before the event. Online tickets have now sold out but don't worry — there will be door sales on the day!

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