Wing Fest, the largest chicken wing festival in the country, is back – so sayeth the internet’s chicken lovers.
Okay, I’m only on sentence number two of this article, and I already can’t help but wonder how many chicken wing festivals actually have their tents pitched in UK soil.
I Googled it and found another called WingJam, so there’s at least two.
Anyway, Wing Fest is back and this year’s festival looks set to be even bigger and chickenier than ever. Okay, that was a stretch.
The festival will be setting up shop in Bristol (8th/9th May), London (25th/26th July) and Manchester (15th/16th August) throughout the summer and all I can think about is how amazing these cities are going to smell these weekends. Especially if they’re scorchers.
For the 2020 events, a whopping 120,000 wings will be served in London and 80,000 wings will be served in Birmingham and Manchester.
The event organisers advise:
“All wings cost £1 each, and will be sold in individual joints (drums or flats) to allow voters to try as many wings as possible from each of the contestants. We advise that you do not rely solely on card transactions and bring cash with you for this event.”
Thousands of wing-lovers are expected to descend upon Bristol, London and Manchester this summer for fun-filled weekends of tasting, munching, BBQ demos, live blue and reggae bands, axe throwing, fair ground rides, bourbon masterclasses and more munching. Or you can just do what I’m going to do and buy a ticket, grab more wings than I can carry, find somewhere to sit on my own, gorge and speak to no one. That’s what summer’s all about.
According to the event’s website, “the greediest of wing eaters” can take part in one of the event’s popular wing eating competitions, taking place on both days.
The organisers say:
“Dr Sweetsmoke’s deadly Lava Wing Challenge, which causes carnage every year, will also be held on both event days this year.”
One Instagram user wrote:
“Last year was MEGA!!! 🍗🍗🍗.”
“SHUT THE FRONT DOOR 😍😍.”
A third said:
“@wingfestuk is sick!! Loved the Manchester one last year 👌.”
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