Buffalo Gets Ready for Wing Fest

Thousands to chow down at Coca-Cola Field this weekend

Tom Puckett
September 01, 2017 - 4:00 am

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Buffalo, NY (WBEN) For the 16th straight year, Coca-Cola Field will become the chicken wing center of the universe as Buffalo hosts the National Buffalo Wing Festival.

Festival founder Drew Cerza says the event will have something for those who want to burn off some of those calories. "The Buffalo Ninja Warrior will be available to the attendees this year. They can try the course," says Cerza. "Everybody watches the ninja warriors on TV, and Patrick Hall who was on season five will be there cheering on your kids as they take on the course."

Cerza says there will be local favorites as well as international flair. "We have a restaurant coming from Mexico, and they're coming in with really hot wings," says Cerza. The restaurants are competing for bragging rights as judges determine the winners in a blind taste test.

Cerza says the event has grown since the first event in 2002. "When we started, that's when the Food Network and Travel Channel had all these foodie shows, and then the internet hit big. We were on these shows and promoted on the world wide web and that's why we get so many from out of town," explains Cerza.

For gluttons, there will be a Buffalo Buffet Bowl on Saturday. "It's five pounds of food; Bocce pizza, Crunch Rolls and beef on weck. The first to finish it wins, and it's usually in less than five minutes," says Cerza. The main event is the National Chicken Wing Eating contest on Sunday. "It's fun, they introduce the eaters like WWE. We worked with Major League Eating to help get us national exposure, and then it segued into the wings themselves," says Cerza.

The festival runs from noon until 9pm Saturday and noon until 7pm Sunday. 

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