Although the Annual Music City Hot Chicken Festival does not officially begin until 11am, each year there are a few dedicated folks who show up much earlier. They are the ones who know about the free samples.

The first 500 people receive free Hot Chicken samples from our Hot Chicken Vendors. In years past, we've had folks arrive as early as 9am to start lining up for those coveted tastes of free Hot Chicken. The line forms along Woodland, perfect for parade viewing. Each of the first 500 people will receive two tickets, that they can redeem for two samples - picking which they would like from the assortment of wings, tenders and the like. 

So, if you want to make sure you get a free taste of Hot Chicken (and a front-row view to the Parade), be there early and grab your spot in line!

Please note that samples are subject to availability, as some of the more popular options may run out before all samples are served.