The idea for the festival came from a movie called Osmosis Jones. Bill Murray starred as a compulsive eater with a goal of attending the Super Bowl of junk food, The National Buffalo Wing Festival.

Ironically, there wasn’t one.

That is when native Buffalonian Drew Cerza, now affectionately known as the Wing King decided to make it happen back in 2002. This is a case of Real Life knocking off Hollywood!

Thanks for the idea Bill!

The festival has also drawn national media attention from CNN, The Today Show, the Travel Channel, The Food Network, Discover Channel, and newspapers and magazines throughout the world.

Founder Drew Cerza says the NATIONAL BUFFALO WING FESTIVAL paved the way for the CHICKEN WING HALL OF FAME, which will further solidify Buffalo as the birthplace of what has become America’s most popular finger food.

The 2006 Festival saw the first inductions into the newly-announced CHICKEN WING HALL OF FAME.  The Anchor Bar founders Frank and Teressa Bellissimo were the first to be inducted.

In addition, the 2006 festival also hosted its first wedding.

Drew Cerza says he is also very pleased that the festival has generated more than $125,000 for Western New York charities.

The National Buffalo Wing Festival By the Numbers    

  • 407,000 people
  • 2.4 Million Wings Consumed
  • 137 Tons of Wings In Weight
  • 191 Restaurants Participated
  • $250,000 in Charitable Contributions
  • 1 Wedding

Festival Hours
Saturday, August 31, 2013 – 12:00PM-9:00PM
Sunday, September 1, 2013 – 12:00PM-7:00PM



2012 Festival Winners

Festival Favorite
Quaker Steak & Lube

 Rookie of the Year
Moosehead Grille

Festival Spirit
WOW Cafe & Wingery

US Chicken Wing Eating Championship
Joey Chestnut
191 Wings

Amateur Sauce Off – Creative
Holly Remus
Candor, NY

Amateur Sauce Off – Traditional
Bo Stawicki
Akron, NY

Restaurant Sauce-Off Competition

Traditional Medium

1st PlaceSmokey Bones (Medium)
2nd PlaceLegend Larry’s
3rd PlaceAnchor Bar


Creative Sweet

1st PlaceQuaker Steak & Lube (Dusted Mango Habanaro)
2nd PlaceMoosehead Grill
3rd PlaceFire on the Mountain Buffalo Wings


Traditional BBQ

1st PlaceRicotta’s (Ricotta’s BBQ)
2nd PlaceBocce


Creative BBQ

1st PlaceWOW Cafe & Wingery (Bourbon St BBQ)
2nd PlaceFire on the Mountain Buffalo Wings
3rd PlaceHard Rock Cafe Niagara Falls USA


Creative Spicy

1st PlaceMoosehead Grill (Hemo-goblins blood orange and ghost pepper
2nd PlaceRuChDa Wings
3rd PlaceHard Rock Cafe Niagara Falls USA


Traditional Hot

1st PlaceLegend Larry’s (Scary Larry)
2nd PlaceFranks for the Memories
3rd PlaceRuChDa


Traditional X-Hot

1st Place  Quaker Steak & Lube (XXX Atomic)
2nd Place  Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar
3rd Place  Legend Larry’s