CHICKEN WING FESTIVAL
Labor Day Weekend, September 5th & 6th 2015
2014 Festival Winners
Meet the Wing King
The Buffalo Chicken Wing Festival
was inspired in 2001 by the movie “Osmosis Jones. In the movie a fictitious character Frank DeTorre played by actor Bill Murray plays a big junk food and chicken wing addict with the goal of attending the National Chicken Wing Festival in Buffalo, NY. Buffalo News columnist, Donn Esmonde then wrote in a column that he was bewildered that Buffalo did not have such an event. That is when I decided to take on the challenge for my Hometown as well as mylove for Buffalo Wings. Within a year, the plan was set for this annual Labor Day Weekend event as 40,000 people filled Coca-Cola Field to consume over 20 tons of wings.
AS WE ENTER INTO OUR TWELFTH YEAR, the festival is recognized as one of the best in the country. In 2013 the festival drew over 70,000 people. Over the last ten years the festival has drawn over 795,000 people and served over 4.2 million wings. The festival which also supports local charities has donated over $270,000 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. Last year we found through on-site surveys that attendees came from all 50 states and over 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, the 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!