9.4.12 - Final Restaurants Awards Announced for 2012!
The National Buffalo Wing Festival committee is proud to announce the winners of the Festival Favorite, Rookie of the Year and Festival Spirit awards for 2012.
Festival Favorite: Quaker Steak & Lube
Rookie of the Year: Moosehead Grill - Moosehead Grill won two awards in the Restaurant Sauce Off Competition (1st Creative Spicy, 2nd Creative Sweet) and also did an impressive amount of business for a first year restaurant.
Festival Spirit: Wow Cafe & Wingery - Even with Hurricane Issac looming, WOW Cafe & Wingery managed to make it to the festival and also take home the 1st place trophy for Best Creative BBQ.
Click here to see additional Award Winners for the 2012 Festival
9.4.12 - Congratulations to all the Restaurant Sauce Off Winners!
Every year at the National Buffalo Wing Festival restaurants enter their sauces into 3 of 7 categories. The categories are Best Creative Spicy, Best Creative Sweet, Best Traditional BBQ, Best Creative BBQ, Best Traditional Medium, Best Traditional Hot and Best Traditional X-Hot.
A panel of judges then decides which restaurants have the best sauce based on a blind taste test. The first place winners at the 2012 National Buffalo Wing Festival are listed below. Congratulations to all that participated.
Best Creative Spicy: Moosehead Grill - Hemo-goblins blood orange and ghost pepper
Best Creative Sweet: Quaker Steak and Lube - Mango Habanaro
Traditional BBQ: Ricotta's - Ricotta's BBQ
Creative BBQ: WOW Cafe & Wingery - Bourbon St. BBQ
Traditional Medium: Smokey Bones - Medium
Traditional Hot: Legend Larry's - Scary Larry
Traditional X-Hot: Quaker Steak and Lube - XXX Atomic
Click here to see the full list of winners in each category.
8.31.12 - Have you ever asked yourself the question: How do you eat a chicken wing?
do you eat a chicken wing? We have, and now we're looking for the answer!
In honor of Buffalo, New York,
HowToEataChickenWing.com is hosting a video contest to find out how you eat a
chicken wing. Anyway you eat it, We want to see it!
Show us your technique. We always wondered... Is there a way to eat a wing with one
hand? or do you need both? Can you eat the entire wing in one bite? Two bites?
Five? Is there a classy way to eat a chicken wing? Should you always end up as
a saucy hot mess? You tell us.
All you have to do is make a video of your style for
eating a chicken wing. That's it!
creative, messy, funny, serious or classy, Most importantly, be the best wing
eater you can be!
In 90 seconds or less show us how and why "your style" should be the
official way to eat a chicken wing!
Click here to enter!
8.21.12 - Wing Fest Begins Second Decade "Jumbo Style"!
|Wing King Promises Bigger Event & Bigger Chicken Wings!
|As one of America’s favorite food festivals, The National Buffalo Wing Festival has a tradition of getting bigger every year. But, for 2012, it’s not just the crowds that will “swell” in size…it’s also the Chicken Wings. The festival has secured 80,000 pounds of jumbo size wings from Wayne Farms. This will almost double the size of the wings used over the past few years.
5.10.12 - "Wing King" Drew Cerza named Tourism Executive of the Year - WKBW
Visit Buffalo Niagara held its second annual Travel & Tourism Beacon Awards Luncheon at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center on May 10, 2012. The event recognized superior service throughout the industry, from volunteer docents to hotel general managers. The Beacon Award for outstanding tourism executive recognizes an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and service in the community.
10.20.11 - Wingfest nominated for Outstanding event award
||Vote for WingFest! The National Buffalo Wing Festival is a "People's Choice" nominee for the Outstanding Event Award by Buffalo Niagara Event Professionals! Voting ends on 10/25/11 so vote today!
Click here to Vote
8.24.11 - One of America's Favorite Food Festivals Turns 10!
||Over the course of nine previous events, the NATIONAL
BUFFALO WING FESTIVAL has drawn more than half a million visitors, served some 2.9 million chicken wings (more than 200 tons), raised $200,000 for local charities, and received extensive national and international media attention.
Last year alone, chicken wing lovers came from all 50 states and 36 countries to be part of this incredible celebration, which will again take place this Labor Day Weekend, September 3rd and 4th at Buffalo’s Coca-Cola Field. Hours are 12-9 pm on Saturday and 12 to 7pm on Sunday.
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8.4.11 - Food Network Star Duff Goldman and Sand Ox Band To Spice Up Wing Fest’s 10th Birthday Celebration!
The National Buffalo Wing Fest, the world’s most
recognized and popular celebration of the chicken wing, today announced
that Duff Goldman, star of the Food Network’s Ace of Cakes and Sugar
High, will be on hand with his band, Sand Ox to judge this year’s 10th
Birthday Cake Contest as well as perform live. According to Wing Fest
spokesperson, Wing King Drew Cerza, Sand Ox will highlight the Saturday
evening entertainment schedule.
8.4.11 - Looking for Pre-Sale Tickets for the Festival?
Pre-sale tickets for the National Buffalo Wing Festival are available through the Buffalo Bisons ticket office or by mail with our Ticket Order form.
Click here for more information!
6.19.11 - National Buffalo Wing Festival on Display at NYS Farmer's Museum
5.22.11 - WingFest Featured in PARADE Magazine
||The National Buffalo Wing Festival was featured in PARADE Magazine's May 22, 2011 article "Eat Your Way Across America --> 50 states, 50 fabulous food festivals."
The feature included recipes from each of the food festivals in the magazine's Dash Recipe's Section. First Place Amateur Traditional Sauce Contest 2010 Winner, James Herdlein's winning recipe was included.
Click here to see the feature and the recipes
5.12.10 - Winging it to Buffalo | Buffalo Business First
|Drew Cerza, Buffalo's "wing king", is taking his act on the road.
Cerza is creating two mini chicken wing festivals in Pittsburgh and Charlotte respectively to not only promote his own National Buffalo Wing Festival but also as means to reach out to former area residents and entice them to return, at the very least, for a visit.
Read more: Winging it to Buffalo | Business First
5.2.10 - Buffalo: You'll Eat It Up!
1.14.11 - Flying high at the National Buffalo Wing Festival - Salon.com
||Submitted by Stefan I. Mychajliw
Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District Community Relations Coordinator
National Buffalo Wing Festival founder Drew Cerza offered Kenmore East
Seniors his “recipe for success” during a morning long “Electives
Exposition” at the high school, an event similar to a career fair meant
to offer students ideas for potential career paths. The “Wing King”
spent 45 minutes speaking to students about his lengthy career, his
favorite food that happens to be chicken wings, and what the true
definition of success is.
Click here for the full story
9.13.10 - Flying high at the National Buffalo Wing Festival - Salon.com
BY PAT KEWLEY
Once only the stuff of fiction, this now-real extravaganza is the Kingdom of heat, pain and blue cheese
Teresa Guido was 300 miles from home with a mission and a carefully devised strategy. At a few minutes past 7 on a windy fall night in Buffalo, N.Y., she strapped on her goggles and stepped onstage with her competition.
Click here to read more
9.6.10 - 2010 WingFest Draws From All 50 States and 36 Countries!
Sonya Thomas Sets New Wing-Eating World Record!
Some 71,000 visitors attended the 2010 NATIONAL BUFFALO WING FESTIVAL, held Labor Day weekend, September 4th and 5th at Buffalo’s Coca-Cola Field. They came from all 50 states, 36 countries, and every continent except Antarctica.
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8.24.10 - Official Press Release - National Buffalo Wing Festival - CLICK HERE TO VIEW
World Hot Dog Champ to "Wing it" in Buffalo!
Joey Chestnut to Challenge Sonya Thomas at National Buffalo Wing Festival
It's going to be a "David and Goliath" match-up, featuring the diminutive Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas versus Joey "Jaws" Chestnut in the 2010 United States Chicken Wing Eating Championship.
The place to see it is the 9th Annual National Buffalo Wing Festival, which will be held on Labor Day Weekend, September 4th & 5th at Buffalo's Coca-Cola Field.
Thanks to the Pepto-Bismol Challenge, Chestnut will be "winging it" in Buffalo on both Saturday and again on Sunday.
Click here for the full story
Click here for more information on the Pepto-Bismol Challenge
8.24.10 - Wing King to "Kick-off" 2010 NATIONAL BUFFALO WING FESTIVAL!
Founder DREW CERZA to unveil "David & Goliath" Competition
What: Festival Kick-off Press Conference
FREE Chicken Wings to the Public (11:15am to 1:00pm)
When: Tuesday, August 24th - 11:30am
Where: Niagara Square - Downtown Buffalo
Click here for full details!
8.17.10 - Best of Buffalo
After you've tasted every wing at the festival, sample these other fun things to do in Buffalo!
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01.06.10 - Travel Channel Brings 'Food Wars' to Buffalo's wing's
By Andrew Z. Galarneau
News Food Writer
The Buffalo News
In the glare of television lights, 60 people waited anxiously for Jennifer Starkey to settle a burning question that has divided Buffalonians for 40 years.
Whose chicken wings reign supreme?
The occasion late last month was the arrival of the crew of a Travel Channel cable television show called "Food Wars," aimed at tackling America's most famous food rivalries. Half of a side room at the Anchor Bar on Main Street was stuffed with insignia-clad fans of Anchor Bar chicken wings. Across the aisle were the faithful of Duff's, making pilgrimage from Sheridan at Millersport in Amherst.
As cameras rolled, Sabres broadcaster Rob Ray chose Wing B. The newspaper food writer chose Wing A, and longtime fans of both places split, too. So it fell to Jennifer Starkey, Miss Buffalo Wing 2008, to settle the question. No pressure.
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11.18.09 - Drew "Wing King" Cerza on Tailgate Warriors
11.08.09 - Buffalo: You'll Eat It Up! - Featuring the National Buffalo Wing Festival
Food lovers rejoice, because while we are justifiably proud of our chicken wings, there is so much more to the Buffalo culinary scene than hot sauce and blue cheese dressing. Start with enormous ethnic diversity, add in a profusion of local farms and orchards and a microclimate in nearby Niagara County that is ideal for fruit and grape growing and what do you get? You get great restaurants, delicious local specialties, wine trails, gourmet food shops and more. Join host Nelson Starr on a quick tour of Buffalo’s culinary wonderland. Click here to watch the video!
11.07.09 - MyBuffalo.com National Buffalo Wing Fest 2009 Video