Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 7/7/19

Over 30 Top Chefs from Around the Southeast Will Compete for ‘Best Wing’ Title

The Fairmont at 1 pm

Springer Mountain Farms Southern Wing Showdown, the favorite all-inclusive summer festival celebrating unique takes on a Southern staple, will return for its fourth year on Sunday, August 25 at The Fairmont (1429 Fairmont Ave NW) in Atlanta’s West Midtown neighborhood from 1pm to 5pm.

Sponsored by Springer Mountain Farms and Big Green Egg and produced by Taste of Atlanta, the event will feature creative talent from over 30 prominent Southeastern chefs hailing from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, including Atlanta’s Matt Basford of Canoe (2018 ‘Best Wing’ Winner) and Drew Van Leuvan of Seven Lamps, Charlotte’s Greg Collier of Loft & Cellar and more.

While enjoying wings and sides from acclaimed chefs, attendees can also sip beer, wine and specially crafted cocktails that complement chef creations. Local purveyor Springer Mountain Farms will provide chefs with chicken that’s raised without antibiotics, steroids, growth stimulants or hormones, and each chef will serve their unique recipe as they battle it out to win ‘Best Wing’ in a competition judged by festival goers and a panel of wing aficionados. The winner of Southern Wing Showdown will win a Big Green Egg to take home.

Angel Flight Soars, a volunteer pilot organization located at Dekalb Peachtree airport and providing flight services to patients in need of medical-related care, will be a nonprofit beneficiary for this event and will host a silent auction on-site. The festival will also support Second Helpings Atlanta – a nonprofit food rescue organization that fights hunger and reduces food waste in the city – who will be doing food recovery onsite.

Starting in June, tickets will be available for purchase online and will grant access to all-you-can-eat tastes and drinks, including signature cocktails, beer and wine, plus live music from Luke Latimer. There will be both General Admission and VIP tickets, with the first hour of the events reserved for VIP First Taster attendees. The event sells out every year, and last year, approximately 28,000 wings were eaten by attendees.

For more information, please visit: SouthernWingShowdown.com.


Asheville, NC
Steve Goff – AUX Bar

Atlanta, GA
Christian Rodriguez – High Road Ice Cream
Deborah VanTrece – Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours
Drew Van Leuvan – Seven Lamps
Jason Jiminez – Kitchen Six
John Adamson – American Cut
Linda Harrell – Cibo e Beve
Matt Basford – Canoe (2018 ‘Best Wing’ Winner)
Megan Brent – New Realm Brewing
Nick Leahy, AIX & Tin Tin
Pat Pascarella – The White Bull & Grana
Thomas McKeown – Polaris
Todd Richards – Chicken + Beer

Chattanooga, TN
Charlie Loomis – Feed Table & Tavern (2017 ‘Best Wing’ Winner)
Charleston, SC
Daniel Doyle – Poogan’s Porch

Charlotte, NC
Eric Ferguson – Staggioni
Greg Collier – Uptown Yolk
Alex Verica – The Stanley
Thomas Marlow – Mimosa Grill

Conyers, GA
Gary Caldwell – Triplz Lounge

Knoxville, TN
Jesse Newminster – Tako Taco

Marietta, GA
Greg Lipman – Piastra

Nashville, TN
BJ Lofback – Funk Seoul Brother
Richard Jones – Green Door Gourmet
Shane Nasby – Honeyfire Barbecue Co.

Peachtree City, GA
Scott Smith – The Curious Pig

Savannah, GA
Zach Schulz – Cotton + Rye

Winder, GA
Alex Friedman – Bistro Off Broad