This September, the world’s largest chicken wing festival, Wing Fest, is returning to Manchester, paying homage to the UK’s finest purveyors of chicken wings. Manchester Wing Fest is set to take place on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th September 2021, at First Street, South.
The huge outdoor area will be transformed into a poultry eating, music thumping, axe throwing, beer and bourbon drinking space of epic proportion.
Restaurants, street food traders and pop-ups will display their culinary talents and compete against each other over a whopping 80,000 drums and flats – for just a quid a wing – to answer the age-old question of who makes the best wings in the UK?
Chicken wing competitions
The competition will be split into two categories: the best buffalo wing; the battle for who can execute the perfect classic spicy sauce, and the best wild wing; where the traders can let their creativity run wild with flavours and toppings to transform a humble chicken wing into a flavour explosion.
Just like 2019, the aim of the game is to win a spot in the hall of flame. Popular traders such as Chicken George; the current reigning wing champions, Yard and Coop; the local favourite, 2019 Manchester champs from Birmingham Greidy’s Wings and Strips, as well as Liverpool’s Sutikku will all be competing to win your vote. In addition, 6000 chicken wing fans will have the opportunity to cast their votes live across each of the two categories via text.
Wing Fest’s legendary competitions will be held on both days, and it’s set to get seriously heated with a deadly Lava Wing Challenge, hosted by the infamous meat master DJ BBQ alongside the legendary Food Review Club. If you’re a true wing aficionado, then it’s time for the Frank’s RedHot Wing Eating competition, where ticket holders who are hungry and brave enough compete against each other to see who can eat the most chicken wings – easily the messiest spectacle across the two days.
What else is on at Wing Fest Manchester?
Manchester Wing Fest goers can expect plenty of beer from Meantime Brewery, entertainment including live blues music, brass bands, bourbon masterclasses, axe throwing and BBQ cooking demonstrations, alongside DJs playing summer party vibe tunes into the night – complete with a wing in hand.
Manchester Wing Fest tickets
Manchester Wing Fest tickets are now on sale. Tickets from £17.50 for early birds and £20 after that with kids (under 12) going free. Tickets include a Wing Fest signature trucker hat, free access to fairground rides and live music, competitions, masterclasses, cooking demonstrations and games.