Nashville Food & Drink Happenings – July 2014


Thirsty Third: Ditch Day

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014
2 – 4 pm

Jackalope Brewery
701 8th Ave. S.
Nashville, TN 37203

Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door

This Thursday, Sycamore‘s Chef Tony Galzin & his wife Caroline are throwing a kick-off party for the July 4th weekend called “Thirsty Third: Ditch Day” at Jackalope Brewery.”Ditch Day?” you say? Yes, that means you need to skip out of work early and get the long weekend started with some Hattie B’s hot chicken, Tony’s waffles, and Jackalope Brews. I really can’t think of a more Nashville way to show your patriotism!

In addition to the beer and chicken & waffles, Zolli Koffee, which adjoins the Jackalope taproom, will also be open and offering coffee & specialty drinks. Oh, and there will even be a Giant Jenga competition! Signup for the competition will take place on the day of the event and is limited to ten teams of two, so be sure to get there early if you want to get your Jenga on.

The entry fee gives you 3 food & drink tickets which can be redeemed for any combination of food and beer (additional tickets will be available at the event for $5 each). If you’d like to save a little dough, be sure to purchase in advance through this link.

*****But HOLD TIGHT before purchasing because I’ve got tickets to give away! Scroll down to the very bottom of this post for details on how to enter!*****


Music City Hot Chicken Festival

Friday, July 4th, 2014
11 am – 3 pm (Parade begins at 10:30 am)

East Park
700 Woodland St
Nashville, TN 37206

Cost: FREE

I doubt you really need a reminder about this event, but just in case there’s one reader out there that doesn’t know that 4th of July in Nashville is always (well at least for the last several years) the Music City Hot Chicken Festival, here’s the info!

In the past couple of years, a Hot Chicken Festival parade has been added to the festivities. Starting at 8th and Woodland heading west and ending at East Park Community Center, the parade will feature festival founder and former mayor Bill Purcell followed by antique fire trucks, an old hearse, beads and Yazoo Brew.

Free hot chicken samples will be given to the first 500 people in line at the festival, provided by Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack, Bolton’s Spicy Chicken and Fish, 400 Degrees, Pepperfire, Hot Stuff, Hattie B’s and the Chicken Shack. If you’re not into hot chicken, don’t worry, there will be other vendors there with other good stuff to eat. Check out the full list at the official website.

FREE PARKING: East Nashville Self Storage is donating free parking for the Festival at their 800 Main Street location.  You can enter this lot all day off from Main Street or after 11 a.m. from Woodland Street.




Red, White and Brew

Saturday, July 12th, 2014
3 – 6 pm

Sevier Park
3021 Lealand Lane
Nashville, TN 37212

Cost: $35/person

A mid-summer festival with red and white wine, local brews, delicious food, music and carnival games sounds like the perfect Saturday afternoon family outing to me! Benefiting the Tomorrow Fund, Red, White and Brew will feature samples from: ACME Feed & Seed Food Trailer, Chago’s Cantina, Crepe a Diem, Commerce Street Grill, Edley’s Bar-B-Que, The Loving Pie Company, Mafioza’s, Mere Bulles, Music City Pie Company, Nashville Sweets, Noelle, Nothing Bundt Cakes and Urban Grub.

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here and include food samples and two drink vouchers.




Giveaway for Thirsty Third: Ditch Day


~ Contest Closed ~

And the winner is…..

#5 Michelle

The nice folks of Sycamore have offered up free tickets for this Thursday’s Ditch Day at Jackalope! One winning reader and their guest will get 3 tickets each that can be exchanged for beer and/or food at the event.

To enter, all you have to do is this:


1. Leave a comment telling me what’s on the menu of your long holiday weekend ~ OR ~ if you’re not sure yet, then just tell me what your favorite 4th of July celebration food or drink typically is. Is it hot chicken? Homemade ice cream? Spiked watermelon?

For up to 2 additional entries, you can do either or both of the following. Note: You must leave a separate comment for each optional entry.

2.  Follow Sycamore on Twitter (@SycamoreNash) and tweet “Win tickets to the @SycamoreNash Thirsty Third Ditch Day from @betheats!”, then leave a comment telling me you’ve done so.

3.  Like Sycamore on Facebook and come back and tell me you did so (or just tell me you already do if that’s the case!)


Hurry, because the contest ends on Tuesday, July 1st at 10 pm CDT (yes, that’s tomorrow!). Once the winner is chosen, I’ll make contact via email and post the name here on the blog. If they don’t respond within 24 hours, I’ll be forced to choose another, so be sure to check your email!