International and National Chicken Wing Day
About International and National Chicken Wing Day
When is Chicken Wing Day? International Chicken Wing Day is July 1. National Chicken Wing Day is July 29.
Wow, two holidays to celebrate and enjoy chicken wings. National Chicken Wing Day and International Chicken Wing Day are both in the same month. I’m all for it. Let’s chow down with some wings! This extremely popular appetizer is consumed during sporting events, parties, restaurants, and every day of the year as a meal or for a snack.
Buffalo, NY is the home to the Buffalo Chicken Wing. Teressa Bellisimo of the Anchor Bar and Grill in Buffalo, NY invented them in 1964. She served her creation as a late-night snack for her son Dominic and his college friends. It immediately became wildly popular there. The recipe spread, and it rapidly became wildly popular in the United States, and ultimately worldwide.
Chicken Wing Day is a celebration of a very popular snack and appetizer. It’s actually more than that, as some people consume chicken wings as the main meat course of their lunch or dinner meal.
The original Buffalo Chicken Wing was made by frying wings and then tossing them in a spicy sauce. Blue Cheese is commonly served on the side, as many people dip the wings into the blue cheese to “cut” the heat of the sauce. Since the creation of the first Buffalo wings, many variations to the recipe exist. Some wings are baked, and the selection of sauces is limited only by your imagination.
Chicken wings are extremely popular around the world. In the U.S. over 27 billion wings are consumed every year. They are most popular at Superbowl parties. Over 1.25 billion wings were consumed during the Superbowl game alone!
We hope that you celebrate both International Chicken Wing Day and National Chicken Wing Day with a big dish of Chicken Wings covered with your favorite sauces.
Chicken Wing Trivia
Prior to the invention of Buffalo Chicken Wings, wings were largely used as soup stock.
The Anchor Bar in Buffalo sells more than 70 thousand pounds of chicken wings per month.
Wing sauces commonly come mild, medium, or hot. To many people, especially, the citizens of Buffalo. NY, the hotter the sauce, the better.
The ideal match-up. Some folks cannot imagine eating pizza without wings.
On average, Americans consume 16 wings per sitting, and about 290 wings per year.
The peppers used to make the hot sauce contains the chemical Capsaicin. The more Capsaicin, the hotter the pepper and the hotter the sauce. See Capsaicin levels by pepper
How to Celebrate Chicken Wing Day
There are many things you can do to celebrate both of these holidays. Here are a few ideas:
- Don’t wait for a sporting event or party to enjoy them. Chow down on chicken wings today.
- Have it your way, mild or hot.
- Try some of the dozens of flavors, including honey mustard, parmesan and garlic, Ranch, Teriyaki, and many more.
- Treat your employees to wings for lunch or a mid-afternoon treat.
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History and Origin of Chicken Wing Day
Much is known about National Chicken Wing Day. In 1977, then Buffalo Mayor Stan Makowski proclaimed July 29th Chicken Wing Day. A few years later, it became National Chicken Wing Day.
We did not find any documentation confirming this to be a “National” day. We found no congressional records or presidential proclamation.
There is little known about International Chicken Wing Day. It seems to have occurred only recently and does not have much of a following. Its existence seems to make sense. You can’t keep a great appetizer as well as a main course food item from being recognized around the world with, a day to commemorate it. But, our research has not uncovered the creator of this day, or when it was first celebrated.
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