Wing Fest Prepares For 17th Annual Event

New vendors and attractions headline this year

Matt Moran
August 21, 2018 - 3:09 pm

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - In 11 days tens of thousands of people will fill Coca-Cola field for the 17th Annual National Buffalo Wing Festival.

The Wing King and Festival Founder Drew Cerza says seven new places from across the world will be coming. 

"One is Boneheads from West Warwick, Rhode Island and they are going to come with a maple bacon wing and a coconut curry dry rub," Cerza said. "Also theres Fire on the Mountain from Portland, Oregon and they are coming with a  whiskey pomegrante wing."

Also this year is the chance for those 21 and over who are getting married to have their Bachelor Party at the wing fest.

"We want Buffalo to become a bachelor party destination, the wing fest you can have a heck of hangover the next day but at least you're going to get married," Cerza said.

17 will be chosen and a grand prize winner will recieve a year's supply of Labatt Blue Beer. You can find more information on You can find more on 

Attrations coming back are the Mechanical Chicken Wing Ride and the Buffalo Ninja Challenge. Buffalo native and American Ninja Warrior Patrick Hall will host the event.

"It tests agility, balance, coordinance, upper body, endurance, strength and the infamous 14 foot warp wall," Hall said. "What we did this year was create a 7.5 foot warp wall. We cut it down for the kids and we created an actual qualifying course for the kids to play on."

Cerza says it is all about creating an event that many will enjoy.

"You want to be the watercooler talk the next day," Cerza said. "You want them to say oh and yeah the wings were great too."

Here is the schedule of events for the festival.

Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018

12:00PM   Festival Opens

12:00PM   Miss Buffalo Wing Pageant

1:30PM     Amateur Creative Sauce-Off

2:00PM     Amateur Traditional Sauce-Off

3:00PM     Bobbing for Wings

4:00PM     Dennis George Quiz Master Show

4:30PM     Amateur Wing Eating Champ.

5:00PM     Restaurant Awards Ceremony

6:00PM     Buffalo Buffet Bowl 

7:00PM     Live Music - Rough Stock Band

8:00PM     Live Music - Keith James

             9:00PM     Closing Ceremonies

Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018

11:00AM     5K Chicken Wing Run

1:00PM       Baby Wing Competition

1:30PM       Dennis George – QuizMaster

2:00PM       Heavenly Chillbillies Band

2:30PM       College Wing Eating Comp.

3:00PM       Bobbing for Wings

3:30PM       Heavenly Chillbillies Band

4:00PM       Hot Wing Eating Contest

5:00PM       United States Chicken Wing

                  Eating Championship

5:45PM       Dennis George – QuizMaster

6:00PM       Heavenly Chilbillies Band

7:00PM       Closing Ceremonies

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