Hey chicken wing fans! Now is your chance to sample the best wings the Southeast’s chefs have to offer at the fourth annual Springer Mountain Farms Southern Wing Showdown while raising money for a good cause.
Set for Aug. 25 from 1 to 5 p.m. at The Fairmont in west Midtown, the event will feature wing creations from more than 30 chefs from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, including Atlanta’s Matt Basford of Canoe (2018 Best Wing winner) and Drew Van Leuvan of Seven Lamps, Charlotte’s Greg Collier of Loft & Cellar and more.
Produced by Taste of Atlanta, the event will include wings and sides plus beer, wine and specially crafted cocktails that complement chef creations.
Springer Mountain Farms, based in north Georgia’s Baldwin, near Cornelia, will provide chefs with chicken that’s raised without antibiotics, steroids, growth stimulants or hormones, and each chef will serve their unique recipe as they battle it out to win Best Wing in a competition judged by festival goers and a panel of wing aficionados. The winner of the showdown will win a Big Green Egg to take home.
A silent auction at the event will benefit Angel Flight Soars, a volunteer pilot organization located at DeKalb Peachtree Airport and providing flight services to patients in need of medical-related care. The festival will also support Second Helpings Atlanta – a Sandy Springs-based nonprofit food rescue organization that fights hunger and reduces food waste in the city – which will be doing food recovery onsite.
Both general admission and VIP First Taster tickets include all-you-can-eat tastes and drinks, including signature cocktails, beer and wine, plus live music from Luke Latimer, but the first hour of the showdown is reserved for VIP attendees.
VIP tickets are $55 through June 16, $60 through June 30 and $65 through Aug. 24, and general admission tickets are $45 through June 16, $50 through June 30 and $55 through Aug. 24. If available, tickets can be purchased at the door for $65 for general admission and $75 for VIP. The event sells out each year, and in 2018 about 28,000 wings were eaten by attendees.
The Fairmont is located at 1429 Fairmont Ave. NW in Atlanta. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.southernwingshowdown.com.