London’s biggest wing competition may be intense, but it’s the only place you want to be this August.
Unless you’re chicken.
Inspired by the epic national wing festivals of Buffalo, New York, Wingfest does exactly what it says on the bucket. The founders of Randy’s Wing Bar in Hackney Wick have gathered together 16 of the finest poultry purveyors in London – and 64,000 chicken wings – in a bid to find the capital’s true King of the Wing.
It’s all going down at the former newspaper printing complex at Canada Water, fresh from a brand spanking refurb under the name of Printworks. In this grand industrial arena, you’ll be able to peruse the finest wing offerings at just £1 a pop from an impressive spread of traders, ranging from street food stalwarts to fully-fledged restaurants, including Le Bun, Mother Flipper, Butchies, We Serve Humans, and Spit & Roast.
You’ll then use your unrivalled judicious abilities to vote across two categories: the original Buffalo (defined as deep-fried, cayenne-spiced wings with a hot sauce), and the Wild Wing (a freestyle round where competitors are allowed to go off the rails and produce the meanest, most flavoursome wings the city’s ever seen).
And besides all the jovial competitive shenanigans, there’ll also be the return of Dr. Sweetsmoke’s devastating Lava Wing Challenge and the traditional eating competition hosted by Frank’s Red Hot. Add to this live music across the weekend, crates of craft beers and some smoking BBQ demonstrations, and it looks like they’ve pretty much nailed it.
Winging it never looked so good.
NOTE: Wingfest tickets go on sale on Friday 28th April at noon, and can be purchased through this link. The event itself takes place on 5th & 6th August 2017, at Printworks in Canada Water, and you can find out more on their website HERE.
Wingfest 2017 | Printworks, Surrey Quays Road, SE16 7PJ
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