8th annual Hot Chicken Festival held in Music City

8th annual Hot Chicken Festival held in Music City (Image 1)
8th annual Hot Chicken Festival held in Music City (Image 1)

The eighth annual Music City Hot Chicken Festival was held at East Park in Nashville Friday.

The event began with a parade that kicked off at 10:30 a.m. at 8th and Woodland streets and continued to the East Park Community Center. Some of Music City’s best known hot wing restaurants dealt with lines as long as football fields of hungry hot wing fans.

“The weather this year is just amazing,” said Hattie B’s executive chef John Lasater. “Last year it rained, of course. I haven’t seen this many people at the festival before. I think this might be a record.”

The festival brought people from across Middle Tennessee.

Josh Woodlee and his wife and two children enjoyed the nice weather and a few baskets of medium spicy wings.

They drove from McMinnville especially for the festival.

“We just seen it mentioned on Twitter. So we decided to come down,” he said.

Free hot chicken samples by Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack, Bolton’s Spicy Chicken and Fish, 400 Degrees, Pepperfire, Hot Stuff, Hattie B’s and the Chicken Shack were given to the first 500 people in line.

More than 12,000 people attended the Music City Hot Chicken Festival, which was a record number for the event.

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