One of the annual highlights at the National Buffalo Wing Festival is the United States Chicken Wing Eating Championship presented by the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino. This wildly popular event, sanctioned by the International Federation of Competitive Eating, happens Sept. 6 at 5pm.

CompWingEatingThis year, the competition takes on epic proportions as top-ranked competitive eater Joey Chestnut returns to defend his title. Last year, Chestnut devoured 183 wings in 12 minutes to take the title. Relative newcomer Miki Sudo will attempt to reclaim her 2013 title, which was her first-ever wing-eating event. Crowd favorite and five-time Wingfest World Champion Sonya Thomas will be on hand to battle the field.

In addition to the U.S. Chicken Wing Eating Championship, the pros compete in the Buffalo Buffet Bowl competition on Saturday, Sept. 5 at 6pm. The battle challenges eaters to consume five pounds of some of Buffalo’s favorite foods including pizza and roast beef on weck.

Not a pro competitive food eater? That’s okay. We’ve got something for you. Check out the Amateur Chicken Wing Eating Contest on Saturday, Sept. 5 at 4:30pm. Here, the wanna-be-pros can get some serious stomach crunching practice toward the big leagues.

DMP_2567If you’e a spice-aholic, well, we’ve got an event for you. The Hot Wing Eating Contest on Sunday, Sept. 6 at 4pm pits amateur competitors against one another to see who can eat the most wings that have been doused in a ridiculously hot wing sauce.

Other wing-eating competitions during the festival include the College Wing Eating Competition happening Sunday, Sept. 6 at 2:30pm.