Labor Day Weekend
Saturday, Sept. 3rd: 12 – 9pm
Sunday, Sept. 4th: 12 – 7pm
2014 Festival Winners
Meet the Wing King
The Buffalo Chicken Wing Festival
In 2001, Wingfest was inspired by the movie “Osmosis Jones.” In the movie, a fictitious character name Frank DeTorre (played by actor Bill Murray) is big junk food and chicken wing addict. His goal? To attend the National Chicken Wing Festival in Buffalo, NY.
After the movie premiered, Donn Esmonde, a news columnist, wrote in a column that he was bewildered that Buffalo did not have such an event. That is when festival founder Drew Cerza decided to take on the challenge for his hometown, as well as for his love of Buffalo Wings. Within a year, the plan was set for the first-ever Labor Day Weekend event in which 40,000 people ultimately filled Coca-Cola Field to consume more than 20 tons of wings.
AS WE ENTER INTO OUR 14TH YEAR, the festival is recognized as one of the best in the country. In 2014, the festival drew over 70,000 people. Over the last 10+ years, the festival has drawn more than 795,000 people and served over 4.2 million wings. The festival, which also supports local charities, has donated more than $295,000 since its inception.
THE FESTIVAL HAS ALSO BECOME A GREAT TOURISM MAGNET for the Buffalo region, as wing lovers from all over America and the world make the annual pilgrimage to pay homage to the birthplace of the Buffalo Wing. On-site surveys show that attendees come from all 50 states and more than 34 different countries. The festival has had a great local economic impact.
THE NATIONAL BUFFALO WING FESTIVAL has become the “Super Bowl” of the chicken wing industry for restaurants, wing lovers and even competitive eaters. The festival has been showcased by such national media as the Food Network (All-American Festivals, Unwrapped, Throwdown with Bobby Flay and Emeril Lagasse Live), the Travel Channel (Bar Food Paradise, Taste of America and Food Wars), NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s The View, Regis and Kelly, The CBS Morning Show, BBC, Fox and Friends and even a PBS documentary.
So, “WING IT TO BUFFALO” and join us for the fun and excitement at one of America’s greatest food festivals this Labor Day Weekend – The National Buffalo Wing Festival!