Music City Hot Chicken Festival | Nashville Events

With the 4th of July falling on a Wednesday this year, many folks have decided to stay in town and make the most of the holiday within the Nashville city limits. If you are still looking for a fun way to get out of the house and enjoy your day off of work, consider heading down to East Nashville for the Hot Chicken Festival.

This year will be the sixth year for the Music City Hot Chicken Festival, which kicks off at 11 a.m. tomorrow at East Park in East Nashville.

The Hot Chicken Festival celebrates one of Nashville’s longstanding culinary traditions, featuring dishes from local restaurants as well as an amateur cooking competition, inflatables for kid-friendly fun and the Yazoo Brewery beer garden. The first 500 attendees will receive free hot chicken samples from Prince’s Hot Chicken, so get there early to get your treat! There will also be chicken from 400 Degrees, Pepperfire Hot Chicken, Smack Your Mama Chicken and Bolton’s Spicy Chicken and Fish.

Fear not of the heat, as the Nashville Farmer’s Market will be handing out watermelon and there will be a tent with cool misters in it for attendees to cool off under.

The cooking competition will begin at 12:30 p.m., with six amateur chefs facing off as they create their respective famous hot chicken dishes, each given one hour to prepare before judges sample and give their feedback on each recipe. The winner will be announced at 2 p.m. and granted the Hot Chicken Festival Amateur Cooking Champion Trophy as well as a new deep fryer.

New to the festival this year is a parade, which will begin just before the festival starts at 10:30 a.m., traveling down Woodland St. and ending at East Park, where the festival is located. The parade will feature the Half Brass Band, Yazoo Brew, an antique firetruck and an old hearse.

The Music City Hot Chicken Festival began in 2007 and was founded by former Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell in an effort to raise money for the Friends of Shelby Park and Bottoms, a group dedicated to preserving the park and greenway.

For more information about the Friends of Shelby Park and Bottoms, click here. For more information about the Music City Hot Chicken Festival, click here.

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