Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 6/14/17

Some like ‘em spicy, some like ‘em sweet, taste wings from across the southeast



ATLANTA – Springer Mountain Farms Southern Wing Showdown (SWS) Produced by Taste of Atlanta is back for its second year and plans to bring the heat. On Sun., Aug. 20 from 1-5 p.m., The Foundry at Puritan Mill will host the sizzling event for wing enthusiasts where 25 of the hottest chefs from Atlanta, Savannah, and Charleston to name a few, will debut their most enticing wing recipe.


The second annual event promises to be a sensory experience that blends live music, lawn games, wings and spirits for a clucking good time. Known as the ultimate party food, this year’s wings will take center stage, ranging from sweet and mild to fiery hot. Between tasting stops at each station, wing aficionados can play corn hole, snap a photo in the Smilebooth and chow down in a wing-eating contest. Attendees become judges when they cast a vote for the festival’s finest wings, awarding one lucky participating chef with the “Best of Fest” traveling trophy. Reigning champion, Zach Schultz of Savannah’s Cotton & Rye, will make his second festival appearance in hopes of clenching the title once more.


“We’re back again this year to give wing lovers another taste of 25 of the most finger-licking wing recipes,” says Dale DeSena, AWF Founder. “Our chefs and mixologists make this one of the best event experiences in Atlanta!”


“Early Bird Gets the Wing” for purchasers who secure their tickets by July 7. General admission tickets ($25) include entry at 2:00 p.m. and access to the cash bar, while VIP First Taster tickets ($50) allow for an early entrance at 1 p.m. with special admission into Southern Spirits Lounge with complimentary drinks. Beginning July 8, general admission tickets increase to $30, and VIP tickets to $55. Tickets will be available for purchase online beginning June 5 or at the door if available ($40 for general admission; $65 for VIP). Children 10 and under are free with a paid adult. Tickets can be purchased online at FreshTix or at the door if available. Tickets:



On Sunday, August 20, participants are scheduled to include:

Matthew Basford (Canoe); Mike Perez (Donetto); Savannah Sasser (Hampton + Hudson); Scott Smith (Local Republic); Nick Anderson (City Winery); Nick Leahy (Saltyard); Drew Van Leuvan (Seven Lamps); Woody Bach (Table and Main); Brian Carson (The Mercury); Todd Richards (Richards’ Southern Fried); Archna Becker (Bhojanic); Jared Hall  (One Flew South);Brian Meiler (JCT Kitchen); Eric Fulkerson (Bald Headed Bistro); Blake Hartwick (Bonterra); Zach Schultz and Brandon Whitestone (Cotton & Rye); Charlie Loomis (The Feed. Co Table & Tavern); Larry Schreiber (Good Food on Montford); Jason Newman (Barrington’s); Thomas Marlow (Mimosa Grill); Daniel Doyle (Poogan’s Porch); Chris Coleman (Stoke); Edgar Pendley (Urban Grub); Dean Hill (Valhalla) and Michael Kramer (Jianna).


The finger-lickin’ wing flavors range from mango chili to Korean gochujang, “Cherryaki,” sweet T brined, pimento cheese and more. 2016’s returning winner Savannah’s Cotton and Rye brings crispy sumac and chile-dusted wings with spiced honey to the festival this year. In addition to one-of-a-kind wings, attendees will get to taste some southern staples including coleslaw, macaroni and cheese, beans and potato salad. These sides will be served along with the classic wing-pairing, celery and carrots. Dessert will be provided by Keith Schroeder of High Road Craft Ice Cream.