Apparently there are Wing Festival’s all around the country, with the National Buffalo Wing Festival celebrating their 18th year in Buffalo, NY this Labor Day weekend. Had I known there was such a magical day, I would have looked for these events closer to me in previous years. However, this was my first year attending one, and the March event in Baltimore, MD was everything I had hoped it would be. Tent after tent hosted 2 or more flavors for the delectable chicken wing, so there were over 60 options to choose from. Our tickets included a bucket, fry voucher, drink voucher (alcoholic or non), and 10 wing vouchers…additional wing vouchers were available for sale at ticket tents for $1/each.
It was a family friendly event held at Power Plant Live with games, contests, and vendors offering a break from the delicious mania. Our game plan was simple…my son and I would get our fries placed at the bottom of our buckets, then go around to grab a variety of wings letting the sauces drip down into the fries. He stayed at a table with our bounty while I went and scrounged up a soda for him, and two adult beverages for me…because the lines made me plan ahead. There were a nice amount of sauces that left a sting, but we grabbed a few sweet one’s to counter the attack, and took turns going out to get more of our favorite flavors. While most of our wings were the usual small size, helping to leave room for variety, we grabbed a couple of the larger options for bragging rights.
There was a huge craft beer garden, as well as over a dozen bars offering up yummy beverages to wash down the massive amount of food. Live music was playing at the far end, and views of the entire festival were available from outside of Angel’s Rock bar. It was an impressive set up that would be awesome even without a festival. I would love to go back with friends, and get a hotel nearby that we could walk to and from for a memorable night out. The weather had been perfect, so we had explored the Baltimore Harbor before the festival, but we were ready to head home shortly after, our belly’s full and tongue’s tingling from the explosion of flavors.