Hot Chicken Festival brings the heat to East Park

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Hundreds gathered under cloudy skies Saturday to celebrate a dish that is “so Nashville:” hot chicken.

This was the fifth year for the annual Hot Chicken Festival and Benefit in East Park. The event kicked off with the fire truck parade at 10:30 am.

The first 500 people got free samples of hot chicken from a number of vendors. There was also live music and beer from Yazoo.

The event is a fundraiser for the Friends of Shelby Park and Bottoms.

“The community atmosphere is great you get to hang out with everybody and have a good time for the Fourth of July,” attendee Alex Keltner said. “It is amazing to have this every year, to have the vendors set up, it is a good time.”

Various restaurants showed off their take on hot chicken including Pepperfire.

“Our first year it was 103 or 105 degrees out here,” Issac Beard with Pepperfire said. “Pepperfire is unique because we do all of our brining in house, we make all of our spices by hand and it is just great.”

There was also an amateur hot chicken cooking contests. The team Superheroes of Heat took the top prize, which included a trophy and tickets to a Nashville Sounds game.

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