By JEN CARDINES
Local restaurants are bringing the heat to the Chamber of Commerce’s 11th annual Wing Fest on Monday, Oct. 24. The event is back at the Cadillac Ranch this year, featuring about a dozen restaurants and a live broadcast from Country 92.5.
The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. and is open to the public. All are invited to taste the variety of wing recipes that the competitors have to offer. Tickets are $15, or $12 with a toy donation that will benefit the Chamber’s Adopt-A-Family program for the 2016 holidays. Children 8 and under cost 5.
So far, Chili’s, Southington Domino’s, Giovanni’s Pizzeria, The Groggy Frogg, The Tipping Chair, Paradise Pizza, and Jerzey Joe’s Sports Bar and Grill are the scheduled vendors. Mister B’s Jerky Company, located on Main Street, will also be on hand at the event to add some more flavor this year.
Attendees will be able to sample the wings from all participating vendors, and then cast their votes based on three categories: Hottest, Best Overall, and Most Original.
“Foodies” and wing lovers from all over Connecticut attend this event to get their fix and be included in a night of good food and fun. “We’re really excited,” said Hyatt. “This is such a tradition.”
The Groggy Frogg is hoping to defend its title. The restaurant has received first place for “Best Overall” wings over the last several years. Hyatt said that owner Mike Montana makes it his job to win the competition, coming up with creative recipes each year.
“Restaurant owners have a great time coming up with unique flavored wings,” said Chamber executive director Elizabeth Hyatt. “It’s a heated and friendly competition.”