Everything You Need to Know About Wingapalooza

November 1, 2016

When: November 5th 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Where: Springfield Expo Center


America’s oldest wing festival returns to Springfield this Saturday for it’s 16th year!  Springfield Sertoma and Youngblood Auto are proud to present one of the biggest food festivals in the area.  An estimated 100,000 wings will be given out at the Springfield Expo Center this weekend from more than 30 local bars and restaurants.  This is not something you’ll want to miss!



Admission Tickets: $18 at the gate, $15 pre-event

Drink tickets are $4 each or 7 for $25



417 Taphouse

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Springfield’s only self-serve beer bar will be making an appearance at Wingapalooza this year.  They usually serve their wings naked with the sauce of your choice. Check ’em out!


Big Whiskey’s American Bar & Grill

Big Whiskey’s knows wings.  They serve award-winning jumbo wings at all of their locations with the sauce of your choice. They took home quite a few awards at last year’s event, so keep an eye on these folks!


Bair’s Bar and Grill

Bair’s might be known for it’s vast array of burgers, but the wings will be on full display Saturday night.  Bair’s does bone-in and boneless wings with 20 different sauces, including honey Sriracha, teriyaki and BBQ ranch.

Coyote’s Bar & Grill Nixa

Coyote’s Adobe Cafe has won many awards at Wingapalooza over the years.  They’re always in the running for the People’s Choice Award and the Judge’s Choice Award.  They dish out 23 flavors in both regular and twice-fried varieties.  This is one booth you definitely need to stop at if you’ve never been there before.  And if you have been to Coyote’s, you’ll be stopping there too!


Dublin’s Pass

As you probably guessed by the name, Dublin’s Pass is an Irish-style pub with some seriously good food.  They serve three different kinds of jumbo wings.  Perhaps the most popular is the Guinness Wing, which is tossed in a BBQ sauce made by the stout beer maker.  They also serve salt & vinegar wings and Bushmill’s BBQ wings.


Gettin’ Basted

The food truck with the giant pig on the side, Gettin’ Basted, is the two-time Rock’N’Ribs Grand Champion and they’ll be reppin’ the mobile restaurant culture at Winga this year.  Gettin’ Basted boasts some serious recognition for the barbecue they cook up, so this will be a good one to swing by on Saturday.


Harbell’s has been slinging wings in downtown Springfield since 2011.  If you’ve been there on a Wednesday, you know about the wings already.  They have 75¢ wings all day for Hump Day.  Those same wings will be on full display at Wingapalooza!

Iguana Roja

Iguana Roja were the darlings of the 2015 Wingapalooza.  They took home the judge’s choice award, rookie of the year, best BBQ wings, best exotic wings and best traditional buffalo wings.  It was a pretty good year for these folks.  They were also visited by 90s alt-rock band Smashing Pumpkins back in February.  Check this one out for sure!


Patton Alley Pub

Patton Alley’s boneless wings from the appetizer menu have some really interesting flavors.  They make wasabi, garlic butter, and the ultimate Patton Alley hot wing, Wicked Hot.  Just be sure to have something to drink on hand when you take on the Wicked Hot.

Speedy’s Cowabunga

Speedy’s is quickly becoming one of the most popular food trucks in the city, and the wings they make are one of the reasons.  They’ve taken home multiple awards from Lord of the Wings and might make a play for some hardware at Winga this year!


Also featuring: Billiards, Buckingham’s Smokehouse BBQ, Buffalo Wild Wings, Centerfold’s Bar & Grill, Texas Roadhouse, Little Caesars, Hooters, Drunken Monkey Bar & Grill, Dugout, Galloway Station Bar & Grill, GhettoLicious, Marty’s Sports Bar, NOVO, Hy-Vee, Houlihan’s Restaurant & Bar North, Price Cutter,  Red White & BBQ Food Truck, Southbound Grill, Tymeout Sports Bar, Skybox Grill & Lounge


11:10-11:55 Mood Ring Circus
12:15-1:00 Makenna & Brock
1:20-2:20 Out of Eden
2:45-3:45 The Mixtapes
4:05-5:05 4jax


Silent Auction

The Child Advocacy Center of Springfield is having a silent auction at Wingapalooza this year and there’s some pretty amazing swag up for grabs!  All proceeds will go to benefiting children in need right here in the Ozarks.  So, as you’re chomping on some delicious wings, you can also help out some local folks all while winning stuff! What could be better?
Here’s a few of the things that will be auctioned:
  • 1 Night Stay at the Chateau – Lakefront Ambassador Suite
  • 2 Tickets for RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS ( Jan 18, 2017) Scottrade Center – St. Louis
  • 4 Tickets to the NEW YEARS EVE BASH at Ramada Oasis
  • Autographed Football Jersey  from former KC Chiefs quarterback Aaron Murray
  • Christmas Lighting Package from Creative Outdoor Lighting Massage packages
  • and Plenty More!


2015 Winners

People’s Choice Award
Winner: Coyote’s Nixa Grille
1st Runner-up: Big Whiskey’s American Restaurant & Bar
2nd Runner-up: Buckingham Smokehouse Bar B Q

Judges’ Choice Overall
Winner: Iguana Roja Restaurante
1st Runner-up: Buckingham’s BBQ
2nd Runner-up: Wok Star

Facebook Choice Award
Winner: Coyote’s Nixa Grille

Rookie of the Year
Winner: Iguana Roja

Best Traditional Buffalo
Winner: Iguana Roja
1st Runner-up: Buckingham’s BBQ
2nd Runner-up: Coyote’s Nixa Grille

Best BBQ Wings
Winner: Iguana Roja
1st Runner-up: Wok Star
2nd Runner-up: Dublin’s Pass Downtown

Best Exotic Wings
Winner: Iguana Roja
1st Runner-up: PriceCutter
2nd Runner-up: Wok Star

Best Boneless Wings (Roma Foods of Springfield)
Winner: Houlihan’s Restaurant and Bar
1st Runner-up: Galloway Station
2nd Runner-up: Big Whiskey’s

Best Hot Wings
Winner: Texas Roadhouse
1st Runner-up: Buckingham’s BBQ
2nd Runner-up: Famous Dave’s Springfield, MO

Best Booth
Winner: Big Whiskey’s
1st Runner-up: Coyote’s Nixa Grille
2nd Runner-up: Buckingham’s BBQ

Cluck for a Buck Restaurant Sales
Winner: Big Whiskey’s American Bar & Grill

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