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The World’s Largest Chicken Wing Festival Is Coming To Bristol, And It Looks Clucking Good

By Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd

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Feast on some of the best wings in the country at this food fest.

With such a renowned and eclectic food scene here in Bristol, there’s no better place to host a foodie festival, including one dedicated to everything chicken wings. The world’s largest chicken wing festival is coming to the city and is paying homage to one of the top poultry dishes.

Taking place on September 11 and 12 down by the harbour at Lloyd’s Amphitheatre, the huge outdoor area will be transformed into a poultry eating, music thumping, axe throwing, beer and bourbon drinking space of epic proportion. Bristol Wing Fest will showcase a range of restaurants, street food traders and pop-ups, who 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 decide who really makes the best wings in the UK.

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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. The Bristol festival will see 70,000 wings served by 20 different street food traders, restaurants and BBQ teams.

Hot Damn Beer & Wings will be there travelling from across the bridge from Bridgend, as well as Bristol native Jolly Hog who will be showcasing their twist on the theme and introducing ‘pig wings’ to festival-goers. Popular traders such as Chicken George; the current reigning wing champions, Gurt Wings; the local favourite looking to bring the trophy home, and jerk connoisseurs Tasty Ragga, plus many more, will all be competing to win your vote and guarantee their spot in the ‘Hall of Flame’.

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Wing Fest’s competitions will be held on both days, and it’s set to get seriously heated with a deadly Lava Wing Challenge hosted by Clifton Chilli Club – the UK’s hottest wing challenge and renowned for the carnage it causes. If you’re a true wing aficionado, then it’s time for the Bull’s-Eye Wing Eating competition hosted by the Food Review Club, where ticket holders who are hungry and brave enough, compete against each other to see who can eat the most chicken wings. It’s going to get messy, is all we’re going to say…

Bristol Wing Fest goers can also 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 no less.

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Tickets are available on the Wing Fest website and start from £17.50 for early birds and £20 thereafter. Plus, your ticket also includes a signature Wing Fest trucker style hat to immerse you fully in the event, free access to fairground rides and live music, competitions, masterclasses, cooking demonstrations and games.

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