WingFest Something to Cluck About

If someone were to tell me that I could eat four dozen wings in the span of a couple of hours, I would have scoffed. That is, until Sunday, when I devoured nearly that many at WingFest.

This was the 11th year for the festival but it was my first time. I’d seen Hungry Z’s video from last year so I had an idea of what to expect, but I was still a bit overwhelmed. It wasn’t the fact that there were 22 vendors serving two or three different types of wings apiece, or the fact that there were guys with beer helmets and white t-shirts with tick marks for each wing sampled. That was all part of the fun. And WingFest is fun. However, I do have a few ideas that could make next year’s event even better…

  • Keep the entrance to the main hall open. There was a big table that caused quite a bottleneck.
  • Have more high tops down the center aisle and make the tables in the wings smaller. There were several long tables set up diagonally along both walls, but there was nothing in the wide middle section.
  • Add more trash cans! The only ones were at the ends of the aisles, and as you can see from the above picture that wasn’t enough.
  • Offer a list of participating restaurants and their wing flavors. I know I loved the spicy raspberry from Crossroads and couldn’t stand the “white” wings from Rack ‘Em Up. I liked the teriyaki wings from someplace whose name I can’t remember, but I do remember in particular enjoying Mahoney’s, and I promise that had absolutely nothing to do with the free shot of Jameson’s (which they gave out only if you asked). Other than that I’m at a bit of a loss!
  • Have a smoking area! There were a lot of smokers standing all around the entrance, to the point that walking through a cloud of smoke couldn’t be avoided.

That’s it for my suggestions! Hope I didn’t ruffle any feathers…






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