In photos: Fifth annual Asheville Wing War

BRING THE HEAT: The outside rear area at the Crowne Plaza housed the wing cooking zone at the 2016 Asheville Wing War. Photo by Pat Barcas Photo by Pat Barcas

The sold-out 2016 Asheville Wing War took over the Crowne Plaza Resort on Sunday, Feb. 28. The fifth annual competition saw Mojo Kitchen and Lounge take top honors in both the Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice divisions of the specialty wings category. Foggy Mountain Brewpub was the judges’ favorite in the category for traditional wings, and Moe’s Original BBQ won the People’s Choice Award in that category.

The event also featured a wing eating contest in which competitors had to consume as many wings (prepared by Smoking J’s Fiery Foods) as possible within a two-minute time limit. The winner of that competition was Christian Gonzalez.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Specialty wings — Judges’ Choice:

First place: Mojo Kitchen and Lounge 

Second place: Corner Kitchen

Third place: Luella’s BBQ

Specialty wings — People’s Choice:

Mojo Kitchen and Lounge

Traditional wings — Judges’ Choice:

First place: Foggy Mountain Brewpub

Second place: Mojo Kitchen and Lounge

Third place: Farm to Fender food truck

Traditional wings — People’s Choice:

Moe’s Original BBQ




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About Pat Barcas
Pat is a photojournalist and writer who moved to Asheville in 2014. He previously worked for a labor and social rights advocacy newspaper in Chicago. Email him at Follow me @pbarcas

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4 thoughts on “In photos: Fifth annual Asheville Wing War

  1. Ed

    I still can’t believe Foggy Mountain Brewpub didn’t win anything for specialty wing. Their chicken and waffle wings were amazing. Corner Kitchen had a Korean BBQ wing that tasted like Thai Peanut Sauce, and Mojo’s specialty wing was good but the dry rub felt like it would be on a whole chicken not for wings only.
    My opinion for Specialty wings: 1st. Foggy Mtn. 2nd East Village Grill 3rd Mojos

  2. Moose Kuykendall

    We had a great time, I really like the Mojo wing, with Sumac & Ramp with Tzatziki sauce. The Music was Rockin’ the Beer was cols, and there wasn’t a Bad Wing in tha house.

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