SOMETHING TO CROW ABOUT
2018 SOUTHERN HOTWING FESTIVAL MOVES TO TIGER LANE
For release on September 21, 2017
Written by Emily Adams Keplinger
Its official! The Southern Hotwing Festival is flying the coop and winging its way eastward. The 2018 festival will take place at Tiger Lane, at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on East Parkway.
Originally started in the parking lot of the Poplar Lounge on Poplar Avenue, for the last four years The Southern Hotwing Festival has roosted each Spring in Downtown Memphis at the Mississippi River Park (on Riverside Drive between Jefferson and Union Avenues).
Gagliano said, “It was time to make the change since the City has plans to revamp the area around Jefferson Avenue and Riverside Drive as it makes changes to the park that was formerly home to our event. Overall, we view it as an opportunity to ‘spread our wings’ and grow our festival.”
Gagliano said the festival had reached its capacity at the Mississippi River Park, that the width of Riverside Drive was constricting the flow of “chicken wing” loving fans who clamored to sample the numerous flavors of hot wings offered by the 75+ cooking teams.
“We know Tiger Lane has been a very popular venue for numerous groups and functions, and we look forward to the continued success of the Southern Hotwing Festival,” explained Gagliano. “Hopefully we can continue to expand the number of teams who compete at our event. The extra space will also give us more room for the 10,000 plus people who attend this festival.”
Teams compete for prize money and trophies, as well as bragging rights. With increasing proceeds every year, to date, the festival has raised over $210,000 for The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis. In addition to those cooking in the competition, festival attendees have flocked to the event to sample wings. Also, the festival has offered two stages featuring over 15 musical acts showcasing local and regional talent. The event has included a Kids Corner with face painting and balloons and clowns for the children, a Silent Auction, a Corn Hole Tournament, a Wing Eating Contest, and numerous food and crafts vendors, too.