Two swallows may not a summer make, but two hot chicken festivals could be the makings of a summer tradition. The second annual Music City Hot Chicken Festival will come home to roost July 4 in East Park.
Former Mayor Bill Purcell hatched the idea last year for an event celebrating Nashville's indigenous fried delicacy. In the inaugural battle of the breasts, East Nashville resident Will Radford of Will and the Fry Girls beat out then-mayoral candidate David Briley. Meanwhile, hot chicken hopeful Brett Wade was scratched from the competition when he was deployed with the Tennessee National Guard. Having completed his military tour of duty, Wade will take up arms in the MCHCF breast stakes this year. Competition organizers are calling for five more amateur contestants to join the cook-off, which will be judged by a panoply of poultry pros.
Think you've got what it takes to fire up some fowl? Apply online for one of five remaining berths.
If you'd rather just watch from the wings, you can enjoy samples from Bolton's Spicy Chicken and Fish, Prince's Hot Chicken Shack and 400°, along with entertainment and activities for the family. If last year was any indicator, get there early. The crowds were huge and the lines were long.
The free event will take place from noon to 3 p.m. at 700 Woodland St.