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NEW PARADE STARTS MUSIC CITY
HOT CHICKEN FESTIVAL ENTERING ITS SIXTH YEAR
All are welcome at free event in Nashville’s East Park
NASHVILLE – The Music City Hot Chicken Festival presented by Piedmont Natural Gas is back once more with plenty of fiery fowl to go around. Sticking with tradition, the event will be held July 4 at East Park on Woodland Street. New this year is the Hot Chicken Festival parade beginning at 10:30 at 8th and Woodland heading west and ending at East Park Community Center. Leading the parade will be former mayor and festival founder Bill Purcell followed by antique fire trucks, and old hearse, beads and, of course, Yazoo Brew.
Once the Festival begins at 11 a.m. free hot chicken samples will be provided by Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack, Bolton’s Spicy Chicken and Fish, 400 Degrees, Smack Your Mama Chicken and Pepperfire. In addition to offering this sizzling treat, there will be fun activities and entertainment for the whole flock to enjoy.
Also returning to the Festival is the amateur cooking contest, which offers six chicken chefs the chance to strut their stuff and be judged by select hot chicken celebrities and connoisseurs.
WHO: Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack, Bolton’s Spicy Chicken and Fish, 400 Degrees, Smack Your Mama Chicken, Pepperfire and YOU!
WHAT: 2012 Music City Hot Chicken Festival presented by Piedmont Natural Gas
WHEN: Wednesday, July 4, 2012; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parade begins at 10:30.
WHERE: East Park | 700 Woodland Street | Nashville
FREE PARKING: East Nashville Self Storage is donating free parking for the Festival at their 800 Main Street location. You can enter this lot all day off from Main Street or after 11 a.m. from Woodland Street.
Sponsors of this year’s event include Piedmont Natural Gas, Gaylord Entertainment, The City Paper/Nashville Scene, AT&T, Nashville Electric Service, Yazoo Brewing Company, Vanderbilt University and Medical Center, Metro Office of Neighborhoods, Metro Parks, Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, H.G. Hill Realty, Bell & Associates Construction and East Nashville Self Storage.
Music City Hot Chicken Festival named on of America's Top Ten Food Festivals by Gourmet magazine.
Published in Gourmet Live 06.27.12
Road-food scholars Jane and Michael Stern take a patriotic tour of 10 of our nation's tastiest, wackiest annual culinary celebrations
Those who fret that American cuisine is succumbing to corporate sameness need to get out and attend a few food festivals. Between the Wild Blueberry Festival in Maine and the Maui Onion Festival in Hawaii, a whole continent of culinary celebrations proves we're a nation that remains deliciously diverse. You probably already know about such far-famed food-happy events as California's Gilroy Garlic Festival and New York City's Feast of San Gennaro, so here are 10 lesser-known festivals for adventurous appetites.
Article - http://www.gourmet.com/food/gourmetlive/2012/062712/best-food-festivals-sterns
MUSIC CITY’S HOT CHICKEN FESTIVAL PROMISES SPICY COMPETITION
Amateur cooking contest offers six competitors the chance to fan their feathers
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Six lucky hopefuls will be feeling the heat at this year’s Hot Chicken Festival sponsored by Piedmont Natural Gas.
The City Paper and Nashville Scene Amateur Cooking Contest allows contestants the opportunity to concoct a spicy dish to be judged by an esteemed panel of celebrity chicken connoisseurs. Cooking begins at 12:30, and contestants have exactly one hour to prepare their recipe for judges to sample.
This year’s competitors include:
The Fiery Fowls. These once, “Hot Chicken Virgins” claim their first experience was “life changing” and inspired a quest to convert the rest of the world- one bite at a time.
Big Al's Bell Buckle Barn Burning' Chicken. For this southern gentleman, hot chicken is more than soul food. For him, “It fuels the body and fans the flames of the mind.”
Arrow Pig Legit. Pat Isbey says he plans to bridge the gap between the “pansy palliated” and the “asbestos tongued masochists,” with his meticulously calculated, yet pleasing to the senses, hot chicken recipe.
Hick’s Factor. Claiming to whip up the hottest, and best, chicken in all of middle Tennessee, this husband and wife promise to burn your socks off.
Team Fowl Mouth. Buster Bateman has laid it all on the line, including his wife’s sanity, to chase after the perfect, colon crippling, combination of Slap Ya Mama and magic marinade.
Trim Tab. Hailing from Birmingham, Alabama, Harris Stewart says his chicken will inspire enough screaming and hysterical laughter to help others see the light just as he did.
The winner, announced at the main stage at 2 p.m., will receive the coveted and suitably tacky Hot Chicken Festival Amateur Cooking Champion trophy, a brand new deep fryer, and some well-deserved bragging rights.
In other news, our beloved, and slightly more seasoned, Nashville Originals restaurants have partnered with the festival to offer Hot Chicken Days: 30 Ways to Feel the Burn. More than 30 area restaurants will be featuring their own creative take on our city’s unique dish all leading up to the day of the Festival.
Also, new this year is the Hot Chicken Festival Parade which will process down Woodland Street beginning at 10:30 a.m. at 8th and Woodland and end at the East Park Community Center. Strutting their stuff will be hot chicken commemorates such as The Half Brass Band, Yazoo Brew, an antique fire truck, and an old hearse.
This year the Music City Hot Chicken Festival is partnering with Nashville Originals and its membership of local restaurateurs to present Hot Chicken Days: 30 Ways to Feel the Burn. The promotion promises to turn up the heat from June 4 to July 4 when more than 30 area restaurants will be featuring their own creative take on our city’s unique dish all leading up to the July 4 Hot Chicken Festival presented by Piedmont Natural Gas.
“Hot Chicken is a great local culinary tradition, and as Nashville’s locally owned restaurants we were glad for the opportunity to collectively celebrate this great dish,” said Laura Hill, Nashville Originals executive director.
During the month, Nashville favorite restaurants such as ChaChah, Cabana, Fido, Mambu, Noshville and Watermark to name a few will be dishing out some very creative plates in celebration of our spicy bird.To tempt the palate, some of the dishes offered will include: Quail Wings with Habanero Kaffir Dust, Cruze Farms Buttermilk Ranch, White Bread Pudding, Pickled Radishes at ChaChah; Bacon Wrapped Hot Chicken stuffed with Cappicola at Wild Iris; Gorgonzola Crusted Thai Chili Chicken Wing, Krystaled Red Potatoes, Cornichon Chow Chow, Crispy Celery Leaves at Holland House. Cabana will be serving up Jalapeno-Marinated Hot Chicken with Bacon Waffles and Pickled Green Tomatoes. Tayst will add Hot Pickled Chicken: Fried Pickled Chicken Chips served with Celery and American Dressing to their menu. Copper Kettle will serve Sweet and Spicy Southern Fried Chicken and Sweet and Spicy Southern Fried Chicken Salad. Finally, patrons will even be able to participate during casual lunches at places like Noshville which is offering a Spicy Chicken Melt, Spicy Chicken Salad Sandwich and a Spicy Chicken/Avocado/Bacon Club Sandwich on their menu for the month. For complete menus, please visit the "Feel the Burn" tab above.
Sponsors of this year’s event include Piedmont Natural Gas, Gaylord Entertainment, The City Paper/Nashville Scene, AT&T, Nashville Electric Service, Yazoo Brewing Company, Vanderbilt University and Medical Center, Metro Parks, Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, H.G. Hill Realty, and Bell & Associates Construction.
Piedmont Natural Gas will serve as the the title sponsor of the Hot Chicken Festival again this year. As Nashville's oldest continuously operating business, Piedmont Natural Gas has deep roots in Middle Tennessee. Piedmont and its employees are actively engaged with Metro Nashville Public Schools both as a PENCIL Partner and through other initiatives. Since 2004, the Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation has invested more than $4 million in nonprofits located in the commuities Piedmont serves. We are proud to once again have Piedmont Natural Gas as a partner.
What's hotter than the 4th of July?
The annual Music City Hot Chicken Festival celebrating an original Nashville culinary tradition - hot chicken! This free event features the unique southern flare of local restaruants, amateur cooking competition, inflatable jumpys for the kids, the Yazoo Brewery beer garden, and of course, legendary Nashville music. The first 500 people will be treated to free hot chicken samples from Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack, 400 Degrees, Pepperfire Hot Chicken, Smack Your Mama Chicken,and Bolton’s Spicy Chicken & Fish. After the free bird is gone, you can head over to the food garden and purchase some tasty hot chicken. So plan to join us on Wednesday, July 4 from 11am until 3pm for an afternoon of hot chicken, hot music, and cool suds.