THIRTEENTH ANNUAL “WING FEST” CROWNS CHICAGO’S BEST CHICKEN WINGS WHILE RAISING FUNDS FOR CHICAGO NEIGHBORS UNITED
Sunday, February 26, 2012, marks the thirteenth year of the now legendary Chicago WingFest. 2000 tickets are now on sale, and WingFest has sold out for the past three years in a row, so get ‘em while they’re hot! WingFest will once again be held at the Bailey Auditorium located at 1340 West Washington in Chicago from 1pm to 6pm.
Each year around 25 local wing-slinging eateries enter WingFest. Participating establishments may enter wings of their choice into two of the following categories: Mild Wings, Hot Wings, BBQ Wings and Exotic Wings. The following were proclaimed winners in 2011, in a double-blind test-taste: Best Mild Wing: Wild Goose, Best Hot Wing: Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap, Best BBQ Wing: Bulldogs, Best Exotic Wing: Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap and the coveted Best of the Fest, for the second year in a row: Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap. Chicagoan’s can hardly wait to taste the competition in 2012!
And it is all for a good cause! To date, WingFest has raised over $130,000 for various charities, and once again this year, Chicago Neighbors United [http://chicnu.org/], a community based organization which provides educational scholarships to inner city youth, is happy to be the beneficiary of this top-of-the-line good time.
Returning for his thirteenth year at WingFest is host and celebrity judge, WXRT’s very own, Lin Brehmer. With his ever present sidekick Chicken-Man pumping the crowd, Lin will be providing the play by play for the “Lord of the Wings” eating contest, and one of the most talked about highlights.
In thirteen years, ticket prices have remained the same: $24 for general admission. That price includes all the wings one can eat, live music from Cadillac Dave and the Chicago Redhots, a raffle ticket, continuous sponsor giveaways and loads of surprises. There are also VIP tickets available for $50 which includes all of the above plus a drink package, parking pass, goody bag and access to the VIP area. As this event does sell out each year, event organizers urge those wishing to attend to buy their tickets early. Tickets may be purchased directly at www.WingFest.net. Attendees must be 21 and over.