Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Celebrate Hot Chicken at 'Man v. Food Nation' Viewing Party — and Get Ready for July 4 Festival

Posted By on Tue, Jun 7, 2011 at 2:17 PM

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To help get folks fired up for this year's Music City Hot Chicken Festival, the fest is holding a viewing party at 8 p.m. tomorrow night, Wednesday, June 8, to watch the upcoming Nashville episode of Man v. Food Nation that includes a segment on Prince's Hot Chicken Shack.

Gather tomorrow around the tube at Corner Pub Midtown and watch as Man v. Food host Adam Richman learns about Nashville's volatile, volcanic chicken specialty. And while you watch, get some hot chicken for your ownself — Bolton's Spicy Chicken and Fish will have their truck set up outside in the parking lot.

(And if you'd rather watch the show at another featured venue, head to Roosters Texas Style BBQ and Steakhouse, where Richman presided over a 72-ounce steak challenge. The viewing party starts at 6:30 p.m. at Rooster's, 123 12th Ave. N. The show airs at 8.)

As I reported in this week's Food Biz column in The City Paper print edition and online in Nashville Post, the festival just snagged a title sponsor, Piedmont Natural Gas, and has once again tapped the students at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film to help design the snappy imagery to promote the event. Graphic design prof Dan Brawner sent 16 students to do research at Bolton’s and interpret the experience in suitably striking images.

The class teamed with Bryce McCloud of Isle of Printing to create a letterpress poster to present to festivalgoers. Ily Phelps, a sophomore graphic design major, came up with this year’s poster design.

All of this is a reminder of the big event 11 a.m.-3 p.m. July 4, when the Music City Hot Chicken Festival returns to East Park. It welcomes back Prince’s, Bolton’s, 400 Degrees and Murfreesboro’s The Chicken Shack, and there will be a newcomer this year: Pepperfire Spiced Chicken (which opened a few months ago in on Gallatin Road near Trinity Lane).

The amateur hot chicken cooking contest returns, and there will be live music and activities for kids. Admission is free, and the first 500 people will get a free chicken sample. After that, you must head to the food garden to purchase your chicken and beverages, including local Yazoo beer if you care to cool your palate that way. (The chicken is available in varying spice levels.)

Although some would say the festival’s only real mission is to spread the gospel of hot chicken, proceeds benefit the Friends of Shelby Park, an important slice of East Nashville greenspace.

The festival is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, July 4, at East Park, 700 Woodland St. For more info, check the website.

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