National Buffalo Wing Festival returning in September

Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Wing Fest will be back this year. But nobody knows where it will take place.

The festival, which is traditionally held at Sahlen Field. will take place on Labor Day weekend — September 4 and 5. The Toronto Blue Jays, scheduled to move into that ballpark in June, have home games schedule on those dates. It’s uncertain whether they will still be playing in Buffalo by then.

“We’re just going to have to make a decision at some point,” said Drew Cerza, the founder of Wing Fest.”

Cerza said event organizers are looking into secondary options for a location, and he hopes to know for sure where the event will be hosted in three or four weeks.

Admission will be pre-paid online this year. On Saturday, admission times will be split into three three-hour sessions. On Sunday, there will be two three-hour sessions.

The hope among National Buffalo Wing Festival officials is that capacity limits will increase to 5,000 people, allowing 25,000 tickets to be sold.

“Please be patient and believe me when I say that we are doing all we can to preserve the Wingfest as a premier quality event as it has been for the past 19 years. This will be our 20th Anniversary and we can’t wait to see all of our friends again after having to take a year off.” 

Drew Cerza, founder of the National Buffalo Wing Festival

Ticket prices haven’t been announced yet.

Evan Anstey is an Associated Press Award and Emmy-nominated digital producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2015. See more of his work here and follow him on Twitter.

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