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The ultimate guide to Wingfest in Manchester – how to get tickets

Everything you need to know ahead of Wingfest's return to Manchester this weekend

Georgina Pellant Georgina Pellant - 21st September 2022

The world’s biggest chicken wing festival is coming back to Manchester this weekend, bringing some of the UK’s best street food traders with it.

Moving into the Trafford Centre for 2022, on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September Wingfest traders are gearing up to serve a whopping 200,000 wings over a two-day period.

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Playing host to chicken aficionados from near and far, the event will hold a number of cooking demos and eating competitions over the coming weekend, including a famous hot wing challenge so brutal participants are required to sign a waiver in advance.

Food and drink

Image: Wingfest
Image: Wingfest

This weekend, you’ll find 20 different street food traders, restaurants, BBQ teams and pop-ups from across the country serving up their signature bites at Wingfest – be they deep-fried, spicy, baked, sweet or sticky as all hell.

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All wings are priced at £1.25, and will be sold in individual joints to allow voters to try as many wings as possible from each of the traders who will accept both cash and card.

Elsewhere, you’ll find bars selling different bourbons and beers. Please note, all bars at the event will be card only.

Water refill points will be available on site, and allergen information will be available from the traders on the day.

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Competitions

Image: Wingfest
Image: Wingfest

The UK’s finest chicken experts will be showcasing their culinary skills by means of cooking demos and a festival-wide competition – all bidding to be crowned the Wing King or Queen.

This year’s trader competition is split into two categories: The Best Buffalo Wing and The Best Wild Wing.

The first, rather self-explanatorily, will see food traders battle to have their spicy sauce crowned the best, whilst the wild category will encourage chefs to let their creativity run wild with different flavours and toppings.

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In total, 8,000 lucky chicken wing fans will have the opportunity to cast their vote for their favourite wings across the weekend.

True wing aficionados should also consider taking part in the very saucy wing eating competition, where brave and hungry individuals compete against one another on the main stage to see who can eat the messiest wings.

The ‘Get Heated’ lava wing challenge hosted by, The Food Review Club and Clifton Chilli Club will be causing carnage, with only the brave entering the UK’s hottest wing challenge. 

Ticket holders can sign up to take part on the day, announcements will be made from the main stage when the sign up is open.

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Entertainment

Image: Wingfest
Image: Wingfest

Alongside a range of different traders to sample, cooking demos to visit and eating competitions to watch, there will also be axe-throwing stations, fairground rides and live music on hand throughout the weekend to set the party atmosphere.

Manchester Wing Fest-goers can dance along to killer DJs, live blues and brass bands, with a chicken wing in each hand, as the festival stretches late into the night.

Read more: The world’s biggest chicken wing festival is coming back to Manchester

How to get tickets

Taking place across Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September 2022, those heading down can expect a day full of chicken-eating, as well as plenty of music and entertainment. Tickets are priced from £20 and can be purchased here. Saturday tickets are sold out but there are still tickets available for Sunday.

Feature image – Wing Fest