The first Mother Clucker Fried Chicken Festival will take place on May 21. (Photo: Brian Chan, StockSnap)

Local and regional chefs will compete for the title of “best fried chicken” at a new food festival-the first annual Mother Clucker Fried Chicken Festival-to be held at the Chattanooga Market on May 21.

Entry is free, but the festival is limited to 500 guests.

Click here to register.

According to the website, the festival will feature cold beverages, Nashville-style hot chicken and live music, in addition to regular Chattanooga Market activities.

The event is presented by Springer Mountain Farms and will showcase “the best version of fried chicken” each chef has to offer. Participants will have a tasting station to sample their own special recipe.

Mother Clucker Fried Chicken Festival was started in Atlanta by Chef Ron Eyester, owner of Rosebud and The Family Dog. He conceived the idea of a “friendly competition between local chefs to celebrate the ‘ultimate comfort food.'”

A list of participants is expected to be released soon.

Click here for a Nooga.com list of 4 places to get good friend chicken in Chattanooga.

Several Chattanooga-based chefs competed in the Atlanta version of the festival on April 30, including chefs Jernard Wells and Charlie Loomis.

Sponsors for the festival include Springer Mountain Farms, The Feed Table & Tavern, Bald Headed Bistro and Eyester’s I Dig Food. 

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The Chattanooga Market takes places every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the First Tennessee Pavilion.