Big Kahuna Wing Festival

The Big Kahuna Wing Festival returns to World’s Fair Park on Sunday, September 5th, 2021!

2021 Big Kahuna Wing Festival
Sunday, September 5th, 2021
World’s Fair Park, Knoxville, TN

Knoxville’s largest annual chicken wing festival – the Big Kahuna Wing Festival will take place on Sunday, September 5th from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at World’s Fair Park in downtown Knoxville, as more than 25 teams will compete to become the Big Kahuna of Wings and Tennessee State Champion.

In its ninth year, the Big Kahuna Wing Festival continues to grow in popularity across East Tennessee and the surrounding region. Entry allows patrons to sample wings from teams with 10 complimentary, in addition to the festivities above, with proceeds from the event going directly to benefit The Empty Stocking Fund, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, and the UT Culinary Institute, along with contributions to Fourth Purpose, and 3E Empowering Educators. There will also be a silent auction with proceeds benefiting the Survivor Fitness Foundation. To date the festival has raised over $400,000 for local charities!

Features of this year’s Festival will include:

  • NEW! Wings Around the World Pavillion
  • Over 15,000 lbs. of wings
  • Award-winning teams from across the South
  • Wing-eating competitions
  • Wing-cooking competition
  • Live music performances
  • Kids’ corner and entertainment
  • Silent auction

General admission tickets will be available for $20 and can be purchased in advance of the event at or at either Big Kahuna Wings restaurants beginning August 5th. General admission tickets will also be sold at the door for $30, while children under eight are free. VIP tickets will be available beginning July 5th for $200 each and include: early entry to the event, unlimited access to all wing vendors, exclusive access to the expanded VIP area adjacent to the performance stage, complimentary food from Big Kahuna Wings and steaks from US Foods, unlimited beverages (including alcohol and craft beer garden) and private bathrooms.

Early Bird Registration is NOW OPEN for Competition cooking teams with $10,000 in total prize money up for grabs! Sponsorship and Vendor opportunities are also available.

Want to get involved with the 2021 Big Kahuna Wing Festival? Find out how you can join the cooking competition, wing eating contest & more here.

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