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Vendors will compete for best chicken wing at the fourth annual Roanoke Wing Fest on Saturday.
REBECCA BARNETT | The Roanoke Times
Sweet Honey BBQ Wings are one of the top sellers for the Super Bowl at Allsports Cafe. Allsports manager Ricky Shellnutt said the company ordered 75 cases of wings for the Super Bowl.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
This Saturday, downtown Roanoke will be hosting the fourth annual Wing Fest from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. to benefit Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia.
Last year, about 4,100 people came out to sample wings from vendors with a variety of sauce concoctions and cooking methods.
The reigning people’s choice winner for two years in a row, Allsports Cafe, will be back again this year to tempt tastebuds.
According to Ricky Shellnutt, general manager of the southwest Roanoke location, the restaurant starts preparing for the big event two weeks in advance. Last year Allsports sold about 15 cases of wings — that’s more than 3,000 individual wings — and this year they’re going even bigger.
The restaurant will be on site with 17 cases of wings and plenty of its award-winning sweet honey BBQ sauce, which earned Allsports the nod for top wing in the judged competition and people’s choice in 2011.
Other vendors selling wings at the event will include Buffalo Wild Wings, Kroger, Smokey Bones, Awful Arthur’s, DMC Food Fair, Corned Beef & Co., Dan’s Concessions and possibly more. Some new competition categories this year include smoked, sweet, traditional and creative, according to event spokesman Elliot Broyles.
Live music will be provided by Carrington Kay, Erin and the Wildfire, Tobacco Apache and The Color J. Wing-related contests and games will be held throughout the day, and visitors can watch the 2013 Tailgate Games to see which competitors will be deemed the best cornhole players.
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Source: National Chicken Council, www.nationalchickencouncil.org
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