Buffalo wings aren't just delicious; they are also a starter kit for building a tiny skeleton. Go from spicy to spooky with this Groupon.
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- $11 for admission for two and a $5 food ticket per person (a $20 value)
- $22 for admission for four and a $5 food ticket per person (a $40 value)
Held on Saturday, August 31, and Sunday, September 1, at Coca-Cola Field, this year's National Buffalo Wing Festival includes events and entertainment such as wing-eating competitions, sauce competitions, and entertainment by acts such as The Heavenly Chillbillies.
National Buffalo Wing Festival
In the 2001 movie Osmosis Jones, Bill Murray's character dreams of attending the National Buffalo Wing Festival. Although that made for an amusing plot point, there was a problem: at the time, no such festival existed. When Buffalo native Drew Cerza heard about this oversight, he realized that it was a wrong that needed righting. He threw his inaugural festival that same year, and the rest is meaty, sauce-slathered history. Now, every Labor Day weekend, wing fans flock to Buffalo, and they usually bring their appetites to chow through one million-plus wings over the duration of the festival.
At each festival, restaurant representatives travel to Coca-Cola Field to share their tastiest, hottest sauces with festivalgoers. A select group of buffalo wing purists participate in the festival's traditional and creative sauce competitions, whipping up sauces onstage before serving their concoctions to a panel of local celebrity judges. The sauce-off is one of the festival's many contests, which also include wing eating competitions and bobbing for wings in a pool of blue cheese.
Aside from the many wing-based events, the festival features entertainment ranging from live music to live quiz shows. In 2006, the festival even hosted a wedding, fulfilling every father's fantasy of grabbing a snack as he accompanies his daughter down the aisle.