The French fry festival is back! On Saturday, April 9, 2022, the world’s favorite side dish takes center stage once again at the 2nd Annual FRIED, French Fry & Music Festival, at Margaret T. Hance Park in Downtown Phoenix. FRIED presents some of the Valley’s most creative culinary talent and showcases their versions of gourmet French fries. Smaller sample sizes will be available for attendees who want to try as many vendors as possible, while larger portions for sharing (or not sharing) with friends and family will be available as well.
The 2019 festival was a French fry-topia. The 20-plus participants included Frites St., The American Poutine Co., the French Me truck, Chula Seafood, Hibachibot, Handlebar Diner, Los Compadres, Sr. Ozzy’s, Provecho, Dang Brother Pizza, and Trapp Haus BBQ. They collectively made everything from carne asada and pulled pork fries to kimchee, chorizo, lobster, and even Bolognese fries. There were Cali burritos with fries, French fry tacos, and even pizza fries. It was basically heaven on earth. On stage, the music line-up included local indie-rock bands like Fairy Bones, Weird Radicals, and decker. Expect similar line-ups this year, with announcements regularly being made on festival social media.
Also part of the festivities: lawn games from AZ Board Source, bars with craft beer and wine, a local vendor marketplace, and other culinary offerings like burgers, desserts, and of course, more fried foods. Attendees can ride bikes to the festival and valet their wheels with Phoenix Spokes People.
This festival is produced by PHX Fest, calorie-loving creators of the Phoenix Pizza Festival. The event benefits Downtown Phoenix Inc., a community group that works to make Downtown Phoenix a vibrant, world-class city.
FRIED Festival Date & Time: Saturday, April 9, 2022, 11am-7pm
Location: Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, AZ 85004
Tickets: $12 entry – online purchase only – at www.friedfestival.com
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