A new fall food festival puts chicken wings in the spotlight. The inaugural Wing Wars festival takes flight at Central City BBQ on Saturday, Nov. 17.
Local and regional restaurants will flock to the first annual festival dedicated exclusively to everyone’s favorite appetizer to smoke, baste, sauce and fry more than 40,000 chicken wings. The new event takes place from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Wing Wars will showcase nearly 20 restaurants as they compete to serve the winning wing.
Here’s the list of competing restaurants:
- 14 Parishes
- Bayou Hot Wings
- Café Reconcile
- Central City BBQ
- Cooter Brown’s
- Ling’s Wings
- Ma Momma’s House of Cornbread, Chicken & Waffles
- Fins and Feathers
- McClure’s BBQ
- Moe’s Original BBQ
- Three B’s Burger & Wine Bar
- We Dat’s Chicken & Shrimp
- WOW Cafe
- Miss Linda the Ya-ka-mein Lady
A few of the vendors have revealed what wings they plan to wow crowds with at the fest.
McClure’s BBQ will serve Buffalo Wings smoked and fried with blue cheese and bacon crumbles. The restaurant will also serve Oriental Hot Wings with their NOLA East sauce, sesame seeds, and green onions. They also promise a surprise, top secret wing.
Moe’s Original BBQ, will serve wings that are brined, smoked, then fried crispy with two flavors. One version will feature dry rub wings served with honey mustard dipping sauce. The second style features Buffalo sauce made with Alabama style white barbecue sauce.
Bayou Hot Wings will serve their “Bayou Hotboy Wings.” They were made famous when Travel Channel’s Adam Richman called them “the Best Wings in the World!”
Also, Central City BBQ will serve wood-smoked and fried wings rubbed in their proprietary rub and basted with white barbecue sauce and a sprinkle of cotija cheese.
The new wing fest is was conceived and produced by Marc Bonifacic of Central City BBQ and Shane Finkelstein, producer of Top Taco Nola and owner of Nacho Mama’s Mexican Grill.
“New Orleans has become a BBQ town. Wing Wars is a chance to sample the best of the best, and compare our local wings with regional offerings while raising money for one of New Orleans’ most important neighborhoods,” Finkelstein said.
Football will also be in the mix at Wing Wars, which will feature 15-foot big screen televisions so attendees won’t have to sacrifice a day of college football watching. The following day, the Saints play the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles in the Superdome.
Bonifacic is look forward to hosting some of his fellow BBQ and fry masters and as they go wing to wing for a good cause.
“Who doesn’t love wings,” Bonifacic said. “And what better way to celebrate the heart of football season than a chicken wing festival?”
Fest-goers and judges will vote for their favorite wings and crown “King (or Queen) of the Wing.” Winners will receive bragging rights as well as NOLA Cutting Board trophies and other great prizes.
The inaugural-ticketed event expects to draw 3,000 people to the Smoke Yard at Central City BBQ and also includes performances by Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Water Seed, Sexual Thunder, and The Marc Stone Band.
Wings will cost just $1.00 each. A portion of proceeds from the festival will benefit the Central City neighborhood that is home to the venue, via the Central City BBQ Foundation.
The fest will take place at Central City BBQ, 1201 S. Rampart Street, in Central City.
General admission to is $10 for early bird tickets, $15 in advance and $20 at the door. VIP tickets are available now for $50, in advance for $60, and at the door for $75.
VIP tickets include access to the NOLA Brewing beer tent, premium open bar sponsored by Beam Suntory, lounge seating, stage access, and complimentary bbq and wings from Central City BBQ.
For more information, visit the festival’s website.
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