Second annual Midwest Chickenfest

There was all sorts of wing wildness at last year’s Midwest Chickenfest, a new addition to the Midwest Beerfest that offered samples of chicken wings from several local restaurants.

I was a judge, along with local television personality Sierra Scott and “The Good Life Guy” (and Beerfest founder) Guy Bower. Though there were several worthy, spicy competitors, we awarded the “Best of Show” prize to Bubba’s Nekked BBQ, which presented a wing with layers of flavor, including a hint of cinnamon and a nice kick of spice. The Anchor’s kicked up Thai wing, created by then-chef Ben George, earned the people’s choice award.

The event was such a success that they’re doing it all again at this year’s festival, which is Saturday at Century II. I’ll once again be judging, and this year, even more competitors are joining in. Eight different restaurants, including new competitors Larry Bud’s and Tallgrass Country Club (where defending people’s choice champ George now works), will create 11 different wings. Bubba will be back, too. Beer fest attendees can pay $5 to sample the wings and vote for a favorite.

I found this little video gem from last year, which should help us all get in a chicken wing state of mind. I’ll be writing more about Saturday’s Beerfest in Friday’s Go! section.