ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The countdown is on! If you are ready to take your taste buds on a ride, the Roanoke Wing Fest is just days away.

Turning up the heat once again, the 14th Annual Northwest Ace Roanoke Wing Fest will take over Dr Pepper Park on August 26. A few local favorites and winners including Tammy’s Grill LLC, Rocky Mount Smokehouse, L.A’s Wings & Things, Bootleg BBQ, and more are gearing up to bring back the smoke.

“We are excited to be celebrating the 14th annual event,” shared Waynette Anderson, President of Dr Pepper Park.

From noon to 7 p.m., Star City’s largest one-day food festival will feature live music, contests, and of course wings! Anderson says this year, a few things will be different, and this is the first year the festival has had over 30 vendors.

All prices are determined by the vendors, and each truck will be offering inexpensive sample sizes. But once you find your favorite, large quantities will be available to purchase.

Even though it’s all about wings, the festival will have a kid’s zone and games to keep for entertainment.

“There’s a lot of new surprises at Wing Fest but it’s such a great tradition for our community. Everybody comes out with their friends and family, they mark it on their calendar when they know the date,” shared Anderson.

Among all the flavors, contestants will be competing in a friendly competition to see who will take home the win for “Best Traditional Wing,” “Best Overall Wing,” and more.

Festival goers are encouraged to bring their own chairs, but chairs will be available to rent for $5. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the gate and children under 12 are free. Event organizers say credit cards and cash will both be accepted at the gate, but some vendors might only be accepting cash.

Parking will be available at the garage located at 6 Riverside Circle, vendor, and handicapped parking will be located in the flat parking lot located directly in front of the garage. There will be signs posted to help guide drivers.

So if you are willing to see who has the best wings… don’t hesitate to meet some of your local favorites at the 2023 Roanoke Wing Fest.

For more information visit, the Dr. Pepper Park website.