In what has become a signature event of the fall fun season, the 3rd Annual Fried Chicken Throwdown will take place tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 29, from noon to 4 p.m. The event will take place at Resurfaced: The Liberty Build, at 319 S. Shelby Street, on the corner of Liberty and Shelby.
Sponsored by Slow Food Bluegrass, which will benefit from the event, the Fried Chicken Throwdown is a culinary competition to determine which restaurant chef in town makes the best fried chicken.
There will be three categories in the competition, Best Fried Chicken, Best Vegetarian Side, and Best Dessert, the winners to be determined by “people’s choice” voting. Admission to the event will be free. Tastes will be sold for $3 for chicken and $2 for dessert and sides.
Voting will be administered by ballot and each attendee will receive one ballot upon entry to the event. The winner of the fried chicken category will take home $500; there are $250 prizes for the best side dish and the best dessert.
Saturday’s culinary event will mark the closing of the 2016 ReSurfaced, which for several years has been “a project exploring creative ways to revitalize vacant and under-utilized spaces by creating low cost investments that activate the space for community engagement,” according to the Slow Food press release. ReSurfaced has been open for 8 weeks, featuring a pop-up beer garden, outdoor café, and event space since Labor Day Weekend.
There will be live entertainment after the Throwdown, with an“Art Buffet” from 2 – 6 p.m., put on by the LVA; Guatemalan Marimba Band playing from 5:30 – 6:30, followed by Daria Raymore at 7 and The Afrophysicists from 8:30 – 9:45 p.m.