PHOTOS: Asheville Wing War at the Asheville Music Hall

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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Here’s a look at the annual Asheville Wing War, which was held on Sunday afternoon at the Asheville Music Hall. It featured piled of specialty wings done up by a selection of Asheville’s independent restaurants. You could have your wings flavored with Cheerwine, apple butter, stout beer, jerk-style, buffalo-style and much, much more. The event benefitted MANNA Food Bank. A group of judges, in a blind taste test, picked the winners. Here’s a list of the judges, the competitors, and the winners, courtesy of Ashvegas contributor Stu Helm, one of the judges known as Asheville’s Facebook Food Critic.

The competitors:

The Bier Garden
Creekside Taphouse
Moe’s Barbeque
Mojo Kitchen & Lounge
Charlotte Street Grill & Pub
Luella’s Bar-B-Que
Bens Tune Up
King James Public House
The Barleycorn
The Green Room

The judges:

Mackensy Lunsford – Asheville Citizen-Times food writer

Duane Fernandes – The head chef at Isa’s Bistro

Cammy Kennedy – Who won a contest on line to be a judge

Becky Upham – A representative from MANNA FoodBank

The winners:

People’s choice:
Moe’s BBQ best traditional
Charlotte Street Pub best specialty

Judges’ choice:
Barleycorn best traditional
Creekside Taphouse best specialty

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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  1. Mark March 10, 2014

    Jason…wasn’t Stu a judge? or was he just there to get love by all the fine women there?

    1. Mark March 10, 2014

      Nevermind…helps reading whole article

    2. Stu Helm March 10, 2014

      I can totally do two things at the same time, Mark! 🙂 That was one of the top 100 most fun days of my entire life.

      1. Mark March 10, 2014

        You looked like you were having fun.

  2. BL March 10, 2014

    Is Moe’s Original a local independent? Everybody else seems to be a one off-there are like 30 Moe’s.

    1. Smytty March 10, 2014

      I think there are two different “Moe’s” in town. There’s Moe’s BBQ down in Biltmore Village, and then the Moe’s burrito joint that is everywhere.

      1. Mark March 10, 2014

        Moe’s BBQ is franchised. Locations in Alabama, Colorado.

        1. BL March 10, 2014

          Thank you, Mark. I’m not hatin’, just curious why they were included.

        2. Smytty March 10, 2014

          Learn something new everyday. Thanks

  3. Randy Orton March 10, 2014

    Where was Rocky’s?

    1. Doug Cegelis March 10, 2014

      I was definitely also wondering that.

      1. Kelly Denson March 10, 2014

        Rocky’s was definitely invited however they declined. They do have a delicious wing there!

    2. Kelly March 10, 2014

      I wondered the same thing! Seems like you can’t have an Asheville wing contest without Rockys Hot Chicken Shack!


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