Wing Fest is returning to Manchester and promises less waiting and more wings

The fest came under fire for two hour queues last year
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The world’s largest chicken wing festival is set to be held at Manchester’s Love Factory for the first time - and it promises to be clucking good.

Manchester Wing Fest, which has been previously held at First Street South, and The Trafford Centre, will showcase a range of restaurants, street food traders and pop-ups from across the UK, who will display their wing cooking talents and compete against each other.

Taking place on August 12 and 13 at Love Factory for the very first time, the venue will be transformed into the annual fest.

This year will offer a new format, inspired by the classic beer festival with Manchester Wing Fest will be divided into sessions with reduced capacity, starting with Saturday afternoon, followed by an evening session, and finishing on Sunday afternoon.

The festival includes a wing-eating competitionThe festival includes a wing-eating competition
The festival includes a wing-eating competition

This means less time waiting, more wings. Hosts have planned a more seamless experience after coming under fire for long queues last year.

Fans can expect wings, axe throwing, beer, bourbon and music. Festival-goers can sample wings from returning champions ‘Eat The Bird’ and local favourites ‘Yard & Coop’.

Also, the festival boasts wings from ‘Poor Boys’, from London, and Birmingham’s ‘Filthy Wings’. Each vendor will compete to win over the public and secure their spot in the coveted Hall of Flame.

Besides the wing tasting, people can also enjoy competitions. These include Lava Wing Challenge, hosted by the Clifton Chilli Club, known for its fiery wings that test the mettle of the bravest contestants.

Also, Sweet Baby Ray’s Wing Eating competition, hosted by Food Review Club, where competitors race against time to consume as many chicken wings as possible.

Tickets for Manchester Wing Fest 2023 are now on sale.

The ticket price includes a Wing Fest signature trucker hat, access to all entertainment and competitions, and live music performances. Saturday and Sunday afternoon sessions cost £21 each, with free entry for under 12s. The Saturday evening session, strictly for over 18s, is also priced at £21.

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