Nestled in the southwest corner of picturesque Washtenaw County, just minutes from Ann Arbor, sits the historic village of Manchester. Chartered in 1867, Manchester is one of the Ann Arbor area’s most charming and community-driven spots, with a flagship event held each July that draws hungry folks from near and far. The Manchester Chicken Broil is one of the most famous events in the Ann Arbor area drawing close to 10,000 people every year for delicious chicken and secret-recipe coleslaw at Alumni Memorial Field.
Held every year since 1954, the Manchester Chicken Broil is a community-wide event, staffed entirely by volunteers, that supports Manchester organizations and community causes, including the Manchester Area Historical Society, supplementary projects for the Manchester Public Schools such as new high school band uniforms and playground equipment, and infrastructure and renovations for youth sports leagues’ facilities. The local Boy Scout Troops provide set-up and clean-up services, and volunteers come from the public school system, local banks and businesses, and long-time locals (many of whom have been volunteering at the Chicken Broil for decades).
Visitors to Manchester for the epic Chicken Broil can expect to receive a juicy, golden brown half chicken, fresh roll with butter, homemade secret-recipe coleslaw, radishes, chips and a beverage – all for $10 per person. Beautiful Alumni Memorial Field is located in the heart of the village of Manchester, just steps from the historic downtown area, with shops, restaurants, and the lovely River Raisin flowing nearby. Grab a pint at The Village Tap, or stop in one of the charming stores when you visit!
This year, the Manchester Chicken Broil will be held on Thursday, July 20, 2017 from 4-8 p.m.