BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- It’s a celebration foodies from around Western New York look forward to all year: Wing Fest!
And what would the Buffalo Wing Festival be without chicken wings? Thursday, 30 tons of them arrived by truck to Coca-Cola Field.
Also at Coca-Cola Field were officials with the Erie County Legislature. They joined the Wing King and the founder of the festival, Drew Cerza in an official proclamation, honoring the festival and what it does for the Queen City.
In addition to drawing an expected 70,000 people to Buffalo and Erie County, it’s also expected to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for local and regional charities.
“This festival draws people from every state across the union every year. And 40 different countries last year, so I think it all ties in and there’s a lot of great partners with this festival,” said Cerza.
And there’s something new this year: festival organizers are getting crafty, pairing locally brewed beer with specialty wings.
“We’ll be serving their beers and we’ll be pairing them with different wings that the restaurants are serving. So what goes best with a spicy wing, a sweet wing, what goes best with a mild wing,” Cerza said.
While the wings wait to be transformed into 120 different varieties this weekend, constant security is at Coca-Cola Field to guard them.
Admission to National Buffalo Wing Fest is $5, and children under eight are free.