Though VIP tickets are sold out, General Admission tickets area still available for the 6th Annual Asheville Wing War. Event producer, All American Food Fights expects it to be its biggest year yet with 13 competitors and over 700 people in attendance (up from 600 last year). General admission tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.
The competition heats up at the Crowne Plaza Expo Center at 2pm (1:30pm for VIP attendees) on Sunday, March 5. The wings will be judged by a panel of celebrity judges in a blind taste test in two categories: specialty and traditional buffalo style. Attendees will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite wing and select the People’s Choice Award.
What: Asheville Wing War 2017
When: March 5, 2017
What time: 2pm (1:30pm for VIPs)
Where: Crowne Plaza Expo Center
How Much: $8 in advance; $10 at the door; children under 10 are free
Facebook: Event Page
The following restaurants have accepted their nomination to put their wings to the test:
- Chophouse – Asheville Downtown
- Chupacabra Latin Cafe
- Farm to Fender Cafe
- Foggy Mountain Brewpub
- Luella’s Bar-B-Que
- Moe’s Original Bar B Que
- Mojo Kitchen and Lounge
- Montford Pull Up Deli and Grill
- MountainView BBQ
- Out of the Blue Peruvian Fusion Cuisine
- Overlook Restaurant
- Salvage Station
- Southern Porch
The Firewalker Hot Sauce Wing Eating Contest
Firewalker Hot Sauce is presenting our 2nd Annual Wing Eating Competition. This part of the event is a fun spectacle and gets everyone laughing and cheering. Up to 10 contestants will have two minutes to eat more chicken wings (in weight) than their fellow competitors. The cash prize is $250. It is $60 to enter and includes all of the VIP perks.
About the Bands
About The Digs
Watch 100 shows of The Digs, and you’ll never experience the same one twice. Songsmiths, Simon Thomas George and Ram Mandelkorn, push beyond what is comfortable to continuously take their music to new and higher grounds. There is no shortage of inspiration. A unique concoction of funk, soul, RnB and jazz, The Digs have been turning heads and gaining national attention over the past year from their home base of Asheville, North Carolina. With a rotating door of 3 seriously exceptional drummers, Claude Coleman (of Ween), Jaze Urias (The Broadcast) and Phill Bronson (formerly of Jonathan Scales Fourchestra), constant rejuvenation comes easy.
This year has been a big one for The Digs. They released their first full length album, which has been affectionately embraced with regular rotation by radio stations across WNC. This is something of an anomaly for a jazz/funk instrumental trio. Their self-titled debut colors the spaces between a rich array of influences, most notably, Herbie Hancock, Robert Glasper, Wes Montgomery, John Scofield and Derek Trucks. Ram’s buttery guitar stylings are incredibly soulful, and his melodic sensibility plays a dynamic role in their immediate familiarity. Simon is something of a wizard on the keyboard. At 24, he has an striking handle on his instrument. He is both the bassist and keyboardist, grooving the left hand synth-bass while his right hand flies independently across the spectrum of his keyboard. They have had countless show dates near and far this year, most notably opening for The New Mastersounds at Isis Music Hall, and two tours to Caribbean paradise, The Virgin Islands.
About Goldie and the Screamers
Goldie & The Screamers’ sound falls somewhere between their band roots in the dreamy avenues of Soul music, and more and more, the driving electro/rock/pop tinted veins of R&B. Goldie is fronted by Asheville songstress, CaroMia, described as “a sultry and seductive voice you’d swear you’d only heard dotting the landscape of your dreams.” by AskAsheville. With gorgeously crafted originals that call on the ghosts of soul-music-past and future, and inspired renditions of Soul/R&B favorites, Goldie & The Screamers have been building their particular brand of music since 2014.
Supporting Sleep Tight Kids
A portion of the proceeds go to support Sleep Tight Kids
Sleep Tight Kids donates newly purchased bedtime-related items for children, including clothing, blankets, stuffed animals, dental care kits, and books, either directly to needy families or through partnerships with other non-profit organizations supporting needy families, with a focus on families in Western North Carolina. The goal of the 501c3 non-profit is to promote feelings of hope and comfort in children as they lay their heads to rest each night.