A finger-licking good festival with a Filipino touch is now underway in Winnipeg, Canada this week.
Fried Chicken Fest features a wide variety of styles of fried chicken influenced by cuisines from around the world. It brings together chefs from 15 local restaurants to compete for the best fried chicken in the city.
Allan Pineda, founder of local pop-up dinner series “Manila Nights,” is a co-organizer of the event. He was approached with the idea of doing the festival when a new book of Filipino recipes that contains his own fried chicken recipe was about to be published.
“My recipe is from my mom. It was made with rice and no utensils,” he said. “Our fried chicken, we don’t bread it that much, for Filipinos.”
Pineda related that he tried some of the best fried chicken he’s ever had on a trip to Korea. “It was super simple, but it was so good. It was different from here… Maybe it was the beer, I don’t know, it was just really good,” he said.
The festival runs from Jan. 21 to 28. Participating restaurants include Underdogs, Tallest Poppy, Kyu Grill, Inferno’s on Academy, Pine Ridge Hollow and La Carnita. People can vote for their favorite online.