The Long Island Buffalo Wing Festival kicked off its inaugural event this past Sunday at The Nutty Irishman in Bay Shore, NY. Before the doors even opened, the crowd was lined up down Main Street ready to sample wings from 12 different restaurants and enjoy live music from Czech Funk and BigBandJoe. It was a gorgeous day, and the Bring The Wing crew was there to capture history in the making as this new festival was born.
As we walked into The Nutty Irishman, the peppery aroma of wing sauce filled the air while local restaurants prepared to win over the crowd as well as go head-to-head in front of a panel of judges to see whose wings would reign supreme. The panel of celebrity and wing-expert judges included Brimstone (Pro-Wrestler, Food Hound: Tidbits), Luscious Hound (Food Hound: Tidbits), Derrick Prince (MasterChef), Johnny McLaughlin (Heartbreaking Dawns), Roger & JP (WBAB), Erin Colton (News 12), Rob & Matt (BestWingsLI.com), and our very own Brian (BringTheWing.com). The restaurants competed in two categories – Buffalo and Flavor. And while there were many great submissions, only T.J. Finley’s would come out on top in both categories as the judges’ pick. Meanwhile, the crowd also had a chance to voice their opinion as Even Flow Bar and Grill was awarded Festival Favorite.
Founded by Danny Wiseman, owner of Even Flow Bar and Grill, the Long Island Buffalo Wing Festival offered food and entertainment for the entire family. With the price of admission, attendees enjoyed wings from some of Long Island’s best wing joints, live music, and wing eating contests. There was even a mechanical bull and dunk tank to help raise money for charity. On top of that, 25% of all ticket sales will be donated to Long Island Cares, Long Island’s first food bank. When we spoke with Danny, he mentioned that since Hurricane Sandy much of the island’s food reserves have depleted, and this donation will help greatly in feeding the hungry of Long Island.
Even though this year was the first, all-in-all it was a success with over 600 people coming out to enjoy good wings and good times. The plans for next year are already in the works, and we can’t wait to see how this festival evolves. We had a great time, and we would like to thank Danny Wiseman for inviting us out to become part of the Long Island Buffalo Wing Festival history.