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Fly the coop to Annapolis and attend the 4th Annual Maryland Chicken Wing Festival (MCWF). On Saturday, April 1, 2017, this wonderful bar staple will be celebrated at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds in Crownsville, Maryland. Festival goers will experience a unique culinary experience by tasting the top innovative chicken wing recipes concocted by the area’s premier chefs, while savoring the best of the Chesapeake region’s craft beer.

For 2016, Adam’s Grille was the winner for Best Buffalo Wings, and Chad’s BBQ won the award for Best Alternative Wings. Aside from these two contests, there will be live music, play areas for kids, and the popular return of the “Make Your Own” wing sauce sidebar for festival attendees, which will allow them to experiment to their heart’s content. A family-friendly event, MCWF promises to be fun for visitors of all ages.

Chicken Wing History

According to Wikipedia: “A Buffalo wing or chicken wing in the cuisine of the United States is a chicken wing section (flapper or drumette) that is.

generally deep fried, unbreaded, and coated in vinegar based cayenne pepper hot sauce and butter. They are traditionally served hot, along with celery sticks and/or carrot sticks with blue cheese for dipping. The Buffalo wing was invented in 1964 at Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York.”

The Anchor Bar website elaborates: “On March 4th, 1964, Dominic Bellissimo was tending bar at the now famous Anchor Bar Restaurant in Buffalo, NY. Late that evening, a group of Dominic’s friends arrived at the bar with ravenous appetites. Dominic asked his mother, Teressa, to prepare something for his friends to eat.

“They looked like chicken wings, a part of the chicken that usually went into the stock pot for soup. Teressa had deep fried the wings and flavored them with a secret sauce. The wings were an instant hit and it didn’t take long for people to flock to the bar to experience their new taste sensation. From that evening on, Buffalo Wings became a regular part of the menu at the Anchor Bar.

The phenomenon created in 1964 by Teressa Bellissimo has spread across the globe. Although many have tried to duplicate the Buffalo wing, the closely guarded secret recipe is what makes Frank & Teressa’s the proclaimed ‘Best Wings in the World’.”

Event Details

The Maryland Chicken Wing Festival provides a portion of its proceeds to YMCA Camp Letts, which provides a resident camp for youngsters 8 to 16 from the Baltimore-Washington area.

Date: Saturday, April 1, 2017

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Location: Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, 1450 Generals Highway

Crownsville, MD 21032

For More Information: MARYLAND CHICKEN WING FESTIVAL

An Inn Near the Chicken Wings

The Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds is less than 8 miles away and about 16 minutes from Gibson’s Lodgings, a historic inn located in downtown Annapolis. Call us to reserve your room at our toll free number (877) 330-0057. We’ll be very happy to serve you and your family throughout the year.

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