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Move over, Buffalo; Sactown Wings takes flight

Expect chicken wings galore at the second annual Sactown Wings festival, to be held Aug. 15 at Cesar Chavez Park.
Expect chicken wings galore at the second annual Sactown Wings festival, to be held Aug. 15 at Cesar Chavez Park. Sacramento Bee File Photo

Time to wing it, Sacramento! Sactown Wings is back. But this second edition of the festival dedicated to the consumption of chicken wings for charity will be in a new larger location.

Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m., Cesar Chavez Park in downtown Sacramento will be jammed with wing lovers, savoring selections from several local restaurants. Last summer, more than 1,300 patrons attended the first Sactown Wings, held at midtown’s Fremont Park.

Festival organizer Nick Berruezo expects another large turnout for these little delicacies, made by such participating establishments as Blue Cue, Chicago Fire, Barwest, Water’z Wing’z, Adamo’s, Ink and the Sacramento Food Co-op. In addition, local microbreweries will be pouring more than 20 different craft beers.

Berruezo expects 40,000 chicken wings to be consumed.

The festival benefits Habitat for Humanity’s Great Sacramento branch. All proceeds from the event’s beer gardens will go to the charity, which focuses on local housing for those in need.

Changes have been made since the festival’s debut to help alleviate long waits in lines. All wings will be $1 each and beers will be priced at $5 a pour. Bring money; this is a cash-only event.

Live music will be provided by Element of Soul and Arden Park Roots. There also will be fun and games, courtesy Xoso Sport & Social League.

General admission is $10 advance, $15 at the gate and includes a souvenir beer mug.

Be a “VIP Wing Judge” with a special advance ticket ($45). Limited to 300 patrons, the “judge” package includes early entry at 2 p.m., 20 wing tickets, mug and T-shirt plus bragging rights as an official taste-tester voting for festival honors.

For complete details and tickets, visit www.sactownwings.com.

Debbie Arrington: 916-321-1075, @debarrington

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