Today is National Chicken Wing Day, another food holiday that is observed in the wonderful month of July. Chicken wings are loved by everyone everywhere, and today you should appreciate the undoubtedly deserving chicken wing by eating some!
According to the International Business Times, there are a few places that are offering great deals on chicken wings and even giving away free wings. The largest chicken wing chain in the country, Buffalo Wild Wings, is selling wings, either traditional or boneless, for half of the normal cost today. BWW also has many popular sauces to cover the wings, so you have a big variety to choose from.
Wingstop is also joining in the fun of celebrating chicken wings by offering a BOGO deal. If you order a wing meal between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. today, you will get five free wings to enjoy, so take a friend or just get some extra chicken wings for yourself. Wingstop is also auctioning off prizes on Twitter’s Periscope, which is a live video service. The user who likes the feed the most times will win a prize, so go to Twitter and get that thumb ready!
Flynn Dekker, the chief marketing officer of Wingstop, said that they are “looking to break new ground on National Chicken Wing Day by running the first-ever social auction on Periscope.”
— ChickenWingDay (@WeLoveWings) July 29, 2016
Some restaurants are offering all you can eat deals, such as at Hurricane Grill and Wings, Hooters, and Wild Wing Cafe. At East Coast Wings, you can also get five free wings for free with every purchase of wings. Fortune Magazine lists some other places to go today for even more chicken wing deals, such as P.J. Whelihan’s (all you can eat), Winghouse Bar and Grill (BOGO), Arooga’s Grille House and Sports Bar (59 cent wings!), and Quaker Steak & Lube (all you can eat). As always, check with local restaurants in your area to see if they are celebrating wing day.
Chicken wings originated in Buffalo, New York, which is the reason they are often called Buffalo wings. According to lore, in 1964, a woman who owned a bar with her husband created the chicken wings for her son and his college friends when they wanted a late-night snack. Chicken wings were fast and easy to cook, so she deep-fried some that she had on-hand for soup stock. She added butter and hot sauce, and the chicken wings, or Buffalo wings, were born, and history was made. The hot sauce was what branded the Buffalo wings, and the family who owned the bar started selling the tasty appetizer, and the wings are now known and loved nationally today. In the early 70s, the city of Buffalo also declared July 29 as Chicken Wing Day.
Today is National Chicken Wing Day! Mild, Medium, hot or extra hot? pic.twitter.com/Svfbzcvej6
— KHOU 11 News Houston (@KHOU) July 29, 2016
Today, the chicken wing can be found on the menu at many restaurants and fast-food places. Some are dedicated solely to the chicken wing, while other places offer it as another entree or appetizer. While the woman in Buffalo, New York, made hot sauce synonymous with wings, today you can get a wide variety of flavors, such as barbecue, honey mustard, lemon, garlic, to name just a few. In fact, there seems to be an endless amount of different sauces available for different tastes.
If you really want to celebrate the wonderful chicken wing, you should plan to go to the National Buffalo Wing Festival in none other than Buffalo, New York. This is an annual festival in the city where the national favorite got its start. The festival isn’t today, however, so you have plenty of time to schedule a trip and appreciate chicken wings even more. The festival will be held on Labor Day Weekend this year in Buffalo, New York — beginning on Saturday, September 3 (12-9 p.m.) and ending on Sunday, September 4 (12-7 p.m.). This will be the 15th Wing Festival in Buffalo.
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