2013 Music City Hot Chicken Festival -Thursday, July 4 ● 11am – 3pm ● East Park ● 700 Woodland Street

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Six lucky hopefuls will be bringing the heat at this year’s Hot Chicken Festival sponsored by Piedmont Natural Gas in the Festival’s Amateur Cooking Contest.

The contest allows participants the opportunity to concoct a spicy dish to be judged by an esteemed celebrity panel of 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:
#1   Great Birds of Fire:  Inspired by both Jerry Lee Lewis and Nashville’s signature dish, team captain Bud Friley proclaimed in his application: “…as long as ‘The Killer’ keeps on rockin’, I’m gonna keep on fryin’ up Hot Chicken till I hit number one.”
#2 Abombs Chicken V2: Team captain Aaron Burton writes to the selection committee: “After suffering a devastating defeat in 2011, Abombs Chicken V2 comes back with a whole new recipe that will light the judges on fire. Redemption is in the air and its name is Abombs Chicken V2.”
#3 Team Savannah: Ian Lester of Team Savannah writes “Dear great leaders that oversee Hot Chicken Nation…… We are new to Nashville, but come from the Deep South (Savannah, GA) where fried chicken is a science.  That being said, we have really enjoyed the Nashville Hot Chicken tradition and look forward to taking part in the city’s own July 4 celebration of liberty, independence and HOT CHICKEN!”
#4: Hicks Factor:  Stephanie Hicks writes: “We have been practicing on perfecting our chicken and we KNOW our chicken will be bursting with flavor and set your mouth on fire!…..Our friends and family that have tried our chicken usually breakout in a sweat due to the hotness of our chicken, but they continue to eat it because the chicken is so good!”
#5  Atomic Yardbirds: Brian Jackson, team captain, writes “We are a fraternity of men bound by the love of the bird, the heat, and the sharing of the Hot Chicken. We cook Hot Chicken for friends, each other, and ourselves. From sharing recipe tips to comparing the best sides from our favorite Hot Chicken establishments to growing our own chili peppers, we really enjoy every aspect of the Hot Chicken.
#6  Crazy Mike’s Hot Chicken: Team Captain Michael True writes “I truly believe that it is meant for me to be in the hot chicken business and with this amateur win, it will show Nashville that Crazy Mike’s Hot Chicken is worthy of joining the ranks of top hot chicken shacks in the area!…..Thanks and I’m looking forward to holding that trophy.”
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.
Also, don’t miss the new Hot Chicken Festival Fire Truck Parade which will process down Woodland Street beginning at 11 a.m. at 8th and Woodland and end at the East Park Community Center.  Strutting their stuff will be hot chicken commemorates such as numerous antique fire trucks, The Half Brass Band, Yazoo Brew and a vintage hearse.