Annual Buffalo Wing-Off Takes Flight Saturday, June 12


Treasure Valley hot wing lovers have something to cluck about: the annual Hollingshead Brothers Wing-Off is on again for another year of finger licking, bib-wearing magnificence. The all-day event, packed with grilling and eating kicks off Saturday June 12 from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. at Renaissance Park. The event—and the food—is FREE and open to the public.

The Wing-Off started in 2001 when Curtis, Brett and Jason Hollingshead hosted an informal backyard wing cook-off to decide who had the best hot wing recipe. Since then, the mouth-burning event has transformed into one of the Treasure Valley’s biggest wing cook-offs—more than 50 cooks are signed up this year, meaning there could be about 3,000 pounds of chicken wings up for grabs.

“I’m impressed it's gotten this far and we’ve gotten this big of a following,” said Brett Hollingshead. “We think the event has finally gotten enough exposure to build its own momentum, and people started to realize that no one else does anything like this.”

Paul Hazen, owner of the B.B. Wolfe barbecue sauce company, plans to don a wolf suit when he competes for trophies and bragging rights in categories including best overall wing, hottest wing, most original wing and people’s choice. If you want to be a part of the competition, the Hollingshead brothers are always looking for new wing masters to join in on the poultry madness and share their spiciest, tastiest or perhaps most unusual wing recipe. Prospective chefs can contact them in advance or simply show up at the event on Saturday with food and supplies in hand.

If wings aren’t your thing, a number of cooks will be offering up other eats, such as hot dogs, poppers, sausages and burgers.

No glass containers are allowed in the park, but alcohol and plastic containers are permitted. Again, the whole event is FREE, but donations are appreciated to help offset the costs of park rental fees.

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