Do you like your wings hot, mild or honey garlic? How about breaded or broiled? Want to try all of the above plus a dozen more combinations? Not a problem! The third annual wing festival is coming to Toronto this 2014 year on Sunday May, 4 and when you purchase your tickets then all of the delectable options will be available.
The festival will be taking place at the Daniels Spectrum Centre in Regent Park, which is near the DVP and Gardner Expresway. If you live in the east end of the city then you are in luck and if you live in the west end like me, well, start driving early. Fortunately, since it is on a Sunday the traffic should not be too bad.
As for the third annual Toronto Wing festival, which is coming soon in 2014, the event promises to be a fun filled (and filling in general) day for everyone who attends.
A wing competition with competitors such as Real Sports and Lou Dawg's will also be taking place, with broad categories of wing titles and prizes up for grabs. While the $30 tickets are already sold out (unknown whether more will become available), the $60 VIP ones are still up for grabs. Tickets can be purchased from Ticketfly.
The $60 VIP passes will include early access at 1:00PM (regular holders get in at 1:30), access to the express entry line, a swag bag and include three complimentary drink tickets. Steam Whistle will be the beer of the day and the food is guaranteed to be filling. The organizers have already doubled the amount of tickets on sale since last year.
Last year's event, housed a celebrity host, four media-industry judges and not to mention 10 participating restaurants and 600 tickets sold. Overall, the 2013 event sold over 20,000 wings. Real Sports Bar proved themselves to be a two-time winner of the people's choice award and if history tells us anything, they will be strong contenders again this year.
A restaurant called Hey, Meatball took home the award for most exotic wings by providing a luxurious Korean sauce with scallions, sweet red pepper paste and Korean hot peppers. They also offered visitors a taste of garlic wings marinated in pickled Ontario garlic, wild ramps, bacon, scallions and maple syrup for an authentic Canadian experience. With all of that, the question is, what will Hey, Meatball provide for an equally awesome experience this year or will someone else be able to top them?
Other notable names included Hooter’s who took home the best classic wings award and Right Wing who stood next to Real Sports and boasted their own lanes of hungry wing-eaters.
Once again, you can purchase tickets here.
This year, coming to the Toronto Wing Festival 2014 will be Lou Dawg’s, The Pour House, Hooters, Real Sports, Sandoozles, The Office Pub, Smoke Bourbon BBQ House, Drums ‘N Flats and Whistler’s Grille. The best part is, once you purchase your tickets you will be able to sample them all. If your stomach and taste buds can handle it at least.
By Jonathan Holowka