Nashville celebrates independence with the 9th Annual Hot Chicken Festival

One of our favorite things about Nashville in the summer is the local food and the festivals that showcase it! Whether it is a food truck selling retro shaved ice or a delicious barbecue brisket  smoked low and slow, Nashville loves food!

Hot chicken is a uniquely Nashville culinary experience that is taking middle Tennessee by storm. These are not wings covered in buffalo sauce, and they don’t come with celery or blue cheese dressing. Nashville hot chicken does, however, come with a slice or two of white bread and a few dill pickles. And if you’re really brave, you might consider ordering something more than “medium” when they ask, “How hot?”

hot chicken dish

This weekend on July 4th, families from all over middle Tennessee will come to East Park in Nashville to experience the city’s 9th Annual Hot Chicken Festival. There is no admission fee, and the fire truck parade will begin at 10:30am. Starting at 11:00am, the first 500 people through the gates will receive free hot chicken samples. Seven different purveyors of Nashville hot chicken will be on site, and food trucks of many different varieties will be there too if hot chicken doesn’t ruffle your feathers. This is not one to miss. There will be free watermelon available (you’ll need it after the chicken), and delicious ice cream sold by Pied Piper Creamery.

Food has always brought together the people of Nashville, and this Saturday in East Park will be no different. After the Hot Chicken Festival, many families will walk down to the riverfront for their seats to watch the nation’s largest public fireworks display and enjoy performances by Martina McBride, Mikky Ekko, and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.

For more information on the Hot Chicken Festival, visit: http://hot-chicken.com/
For more information on the concerts and fireworks, visit: http://www.visitmusiccity.com/july4thHot

Jordan Hill

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