East Park celebrates Nashville's unique culinary dish at free event
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville celebrates its annual Music City Hot Chicken Festival this Saturday, July 4 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. East Park, 700 Woodland Street. The Festival opens with the Hot Chicken Festival Parade, including antique fire trucks and festive throws, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at 8th and Woodland and heading west.

The Festival begins with the distribution of free hot chicken samples provided to the first 500 attendees by Prince's Hot Chicken Shack, Bolton's Spicy Chicken and Fish, 400 Degrees, Hattie B's Hot Chicken, Chicken Shack Express, Deezie's and Pepperfire. These fine establishments will also be on site selling full meals.

Additionally, Yazoo beer will be available at numerous locations on site. Other vendors include B&C BBQ & Catering, Otaku South with Hot Chicken buns, The Lemon Spot, Retro Sno, Pied Piper Creamery, The Peach Truck and Community Food Advocates with free watermelon. There will also be fun activities, festival souvenirs and entertainment for the whole flock to enjoy.

Former Nashville mayor and festival founder Bill Purcell will lead the Festival's opening parade, followed by numerous antique fire trucks, a vintage hearse, beads and Yazoo Brew.

Also returning to the Festival is the amateur cooking contest, which offers four chicken chefs the opportunity to be cock of the walk after they are judged by a panel of hot chicken connoisseurs.  This year's competitors include:

Slow Burn who wrote in his contestant application: "I've tried all of the hot chicken restaurants around town.... ordering their hottest to see just how hot was. I've conquered all and have come up with my version to showcase. My winning recipe combines both heat and flavor throughout the chicken."

Team Jesse McDonald who says "I've been developing my recipe for a few years and it's definitely ready to compete. I make it a point to have hot chicken at least once a week so I would consider myself a fanatic now."

Thermogenic Fouls states "We will also compete with one arm tied behind our aprons."

Superheroes of Heat's application says "With the easy availability of superhot peppers and capsaicin extracts, virtually anyone can now make face-melting hot chicken. It's a rare bird, however, that can make a hot chicken that honors the burn, but also tastes amazing."

A husband-and-wife-team Josh & Stacy Deese who stated in their application, "Our ambrosial chicken is definitely worthy of the palates of even the most critical hot chicken connoisseurs."

Sponsors of this year's event include Piedmont Natural Gas, Ryman Hospitality Properties Foundation, Vanderbilt University and Medical Center, Waller, The City Paper/Nashville Scene, Yazoo Brewing Company, Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation, Nashville Electric Service, Village Real Estate, Anderson Benson Insurance, Free At Last Bail Bonding, AT&T, Metro Nashville Airport Authority, H.G. Hill Realty, Melissa and Patrick Bahan, Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, Rochford Construction, Premier Parking Management, Bell & Associates Construction, Schneider Electric, East Side Storage, Community Food Advocates, Moxie Print Shop, Weiss Liquors and Metro Parks & Recreation.

FREE PARKING
East Nashville Storage and Premier Parking are donating free parking for the Festival at their 800 Main Street location. 

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