SOUTHINGTON - Local restaurants will once more be stepping into the ring to see who has the top wing in town at the Southington Chamber of Commerce’s 14th annual Wing Fest, Nov. 18 at Cadillac Ranch.
“One of the most important things we can do as a chamber of commerce is to help businesses to increase their exposure,” said Barbara Hekeler, executive director of the Southington Chamber of Commerce. “This is a great event that gives our members the opportunity to have fun and to introduce themselves to a huge amount of people all in one night.”
The competition will be held between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. at the pub at 45 Jude Lane. In past years, 450 to 500 people have attended and cast their vote for best, hottest and most original wings.
This year, Hekeler said, there will be some changes based on participant feedback.
“There will be a ‘fan favorite’ selected by all attendants based on submissions,” said Hekeler. “We are also going to have a panel of judges, all of which have a strong culinary background, which won’t be revealed until that night to keep our competition organic. They will be casting votes for ‘best tasting hot wing’, ‘most creative sauce’ and ‘sweetest wing.’”
In addition, the chamber has added an additional incentive. The fan favorite winner, besides just winning a chicken trophy and bragging rights, will be featured on a food segment on WFSB’s “Better Connecticut” with Scot Haney and Kara Sundlun.
Hekeler said that the competition is “heating up” this year, as more and more local restaurants join the roster. Participating restaurants this year will include Groggy Frogg, Hop Haus, Que Whiskey Kitchen, Sherman’s Taphouse, Chili’s, 75 Center, Cadillac Ranch and Bread for Life. Two more slots are available.
Hot Scream, a local business that makes ice cream with spices, will also be giving out samples at the event.
Last year, when everything was tallied up, Groggy Frogg swept all categories. It had won best overall wings in 2017 as well.
In 2018, runner-up prizes were awarded to Craft Kitchen for best overall, Buffalo Wild Wings for hottest and Southington Bread for Life for most original.
Adult tickets are $13 in advance through Nov. 15 at 5 p.m. and can be ordered at the Chamber office or website. After Nov. 15, advance tickets will be $15, which is the same price at the door. Tickets are $6 for children under 8. Adult tickets will also include “goodie bags” while supplies last.
To register, for more information, or to sign up as a participant, call the Southington Chamber of Commerce at 860-628-8036, visit southingtonchamber.com or stop in at its office at 31 Liberty St., Suite 210.