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Bridgestone Arena Heats Up with New Hot Chicken, Whiskey and Bourbon Festival

by Alexis Tahara / Nashville Predators

The Nashville Predators Foundation has a history of putting on great events and not just events geared toward the Smashville faithful – rather events that people from all over Middle Tennessee have come to enjoy and look forward to year in and year out.

After successfully running events focused on everything from beer, wine and wings to bowling and miniature golf, the proceeds from all of which get given back to the community through Foundation initiatives, the Nashville Predators Foundation is introducing a new event on Saturday that combines some of Nashville’s favorite things.

Introducing…the Hot Shots: Hot Chicken, Whiskey and Bourbon Festival.

“The team hosted a successful hot wing festival at the end of last summer, but we were looking for a way to change it up a bit and build on the success, so the Foundation took over the event and worked to create something to bring to Nashville that was different than anything else,” Nashville Predators Senior Director of Community Relations Rebecca King said. “At the beginning of this summer we started throwing around a few ideas, talking about some of our favorite things, and the Hot Shots Festival was born.”

Hot chicken, a Nashville staple that takes fried chicken and kicks it up a notch with secret seasonings and sauces that crank up the heat, is popular with both locals and guests visiting Music City for the first time.

“People that come to Hot Shots on Saturday have the opportunity to try hot chicken from 12 local restaurants in a single afternoon,” King said. “An accomplishment that would be fairly difficult to achieve otherwise.”

In addition to hot chicken being served, Hot Shots guests will also be treated to samples of more than 50 whiskeys and bourbons (and maybe a high gravity beer or two) from top distillers. One of the distilleries participating on Saturday is Nashville’s own Corsair Distillery.

Corsair, which first started their distillery in Kentucky due to Tennessee prohibition laws, moved back to Tennessee, the childhood home of their two founders, in 2009 when the law was amended. When Corsair arrived at its home on Clinton Street it was just the fourth licensed distillery in the state, behind the likes of famous names in Jack Daniels, George Dickel and Prichard’s (which will also be represented at Hot Shots).

Now calling Nashville home, giving back to the community that supports them is important to the business.

“[The Nashville Predators Foundation] works alongside so many great charities – from the Red Cross to Toys for Tots and the American Cancer Society – and they put on such successful events,” Corsair’s Director of Sales Jason Ingram said. “Being able to participate in these events, we have the opportunity to give back to the community, but also get in front of a great crowd and build our clientele.”

A past participant in both the Foundation’s Wine and Beer Festivals, Ingram is looking forward to being able to showcase both the whiskeys and bourbons that have made them famous and their new high gravity beer at Saturday’s event.

“It’s a new event and an exciting opportunity,” Ingram said. “We did it a little bit backward since we started in liquor and are now moving to getting our feet wet on the beer side. We’ll have whiskeys and some of our new beer that is coming online for people to try at the Festival.”

Whether guests are lured to Bridgestone Arena on Saturday under the spell of getting to try the hottest of Nashville’s hot chicken or the intrigue of sampling Corsair’s newest brews or one of more than 50 other whiskeys and bourbons, Hot Shots will surely not disappoint.

Tickets, which include unlimited bourbon and whiskey samplings, at least 12 servings of hot chicken, a bottle of water, live music and an Upper Bowl ticket voucher for a Nashville Predators Monday-Thursday home game in September or October (excluding opening night) are still available. For more information on purchasing tickets to Hot Shots: Hot Chicken, Whiskey and Bourbon Festival, taking place on Saturday, Aug. 1 from 1-5 p.m. at Bridgestone Arena, visit Nashvillepredators.com/hotshots or call 615-770-2352.


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