Rick Dionne, an owner of Peachtree Events and Concessions which puts on the event, said more than 50,000 wings are consumed in the two-day event, which will take place May 31 from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. and June 1 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. in downtown Woodstock.
The free event, which was rated one of the top 50 food festivals in the country by Parade Magazine, is popular for its wing contests, where vendors compete to determine the best tasting sauces and wings in the area and attendees compete to consume the most wings in less than two minutes.
“It’s a fun, family thing,” Dionne said. “Anybody can enter into the contest and people always enjoy participating. We’ll have judges that are local celebrities and radio hosts to vote.”
Wingstop, which won the People’s Choice Award as voted by attendees at last year’s festival, will return for a third time in the annual contest, said Turner Wilder, wing expert at Wingstop.
“We’ll be bringing our mild, Cajun, hickory smoke barbecue, Louisiana rub and original hot wings for people to taste,” he said.
Beverages will be available to adults to wash down the wings and an arts and crafts area will be open for those who want to purchase locally made crafts.
For children, there will be rides, face-painting and a youth music performance.
Dionne said his company will partner with Embraced Atlanta and Lucky Dog Pet Rescue, two local nonprofits, for the second year to raise awareness and funds for the charities.
Raul Alvarez, director of logistics and operations of Embraced Atlanta, whose mission is to provide assistive mobility and prosthetic devices to individuals in need both locally and globally, said more than $3,000 was raised for his organization last year, and he expects a similar number this year.
“We were able to raise money through beverage sales for our organization,” he said. “Our services are available for anyone and we do not charge for the equipment.”
Chicken wings and other food items will be available for purchase at each participating food vendor and Rock 100 will award a trophy or medal, festival T-shirt, and gift certificates to top finishers in the eating contest.
The bands that will be playing Saturday are:
- 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. — Music Matters (Gazebo Stage)
- 12:30 p.m. — Red White & Blues Band (Main Stage)
- 4:45 p.m. — Moontower (Main Stage)
- 7:30 p.m. — The Sundogs (Tom Petty tribute 2nd set) (Main Stage)
The bands that will be playing Sunday are:
- 12 p.m. — Bedhead (Main Stage)
- 12 p.m. — A Modern Myth (Gazebo Stage)
- 2 p.m. — Wild Honey (Main Stage)
- 2 p.m. —The Mirrored Years (Gazebo Stage)
- 3 p.m. — Tyler Porch Band (Gazebo Stage)
- 5 p.m. — The After Party (Main Stage)
- 5 p.m. — Free Birds (Gazebo Stage)