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Nashville's Hot Chicken Festival

In Nashville, the 4th of July means more than fireworks, burgers, beer and patriotic paraphernalia (all wonderful things, of course). Nashvillians take the time to celebrate the good ol' red, white, blue, and orange. The latter of course, signifies the 4th annual Music City Hot Chicken Festival held in East Park from 11 am–3 pm. Almost all of the area's purveyors of the painfully delicious hot yard bird will be present, from the granddaddy of them all, Prince's Hot Chicken (here's a recent interview we did with André Prince Jeffries) to Bolton's, Pepperfire, Hattie B's, 400 Degrees, and Smack Your Mama Chicken. A few bites and you'll be running to the Yazoo beer tent, or perhaps better the Pied Piper Creamery stand, which will more likely soothe your torched tongue. Sure, there may be thunderstorms, but the festival typically takes place in hundred-degree heat, so be thankful that you won't be sweating (as much) while crying with a cayenne-caked face (not a good look for most). For hot chicken newbies, we'll review the basic beginner's mantra: If you think you want hot, go for the medium. If you think you want medium, go for the mild. The rest of you should well know what you're getting yourselves into, though it varies from vendor to vendor. It's not a terrible idea to bring water or extra napkins. Have a happy and safe 4th! 

Hot Chix Poster

A poster from last year's event

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Hot stuff comin' through (from 400 Degrees)

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