Brookings, S.D. (8/1/2018) – Chow down and drink up. It’s time to celebrate the best of summer at Wing & Brew Fest Saturday, August 11 on the front lawn of the Swiftel Center in Brookings, SD.
Try delicious chicken wings from local and regional vendors. 2018 Wing Vendors include: Cubby’s Sports Bar & Grill (Brookings, SD); The Lodge (Brookings, SD); The Ridge (Bruce, SD); and Whiskey Creek (Brookings, SD).
Sip on samples from a variety of regional craft breweries. 2018 Brew Vendors include: A Homestead Brew (Valley Springs, SD); Ben’s Brewing Co. (Yankton, SD); Dempsey’s (Watertown, SD); Eponymous Brewing Co. (Brookings, SD); Wooden Legs Brewing Co. (Brookings, SD); and Johnson Brothers (Sioux Falls, SD).
Jam out to live music all day. Chris Champion will kick off the festival starting at 12:00p.m.; Champion will perform a variety of music accompanying himself on acoustic guitar. Brookings Radio will host the annual Karaoke Contest starting at 1:00p.m. Bad Hamster band will take the stage at 3:30pm.; the band will perform a variety of classic rock, pop, and alt mix.
Watch the wing vendors go head-to-head in a blind taste test competition to compete for best mild wing, BBQ wing and hot wing. See the brew vendors battle it out for the best overall brew. Cast you vote for you favorite wing flavor from each vendor and your favorite brew flavor from each vendor. Claim your allegiance to your overall favorite wing vendor and overall favorite brew vendor by casting your votes for People’s Choice Awards.
Other activities include free inflatables games in the Kids Zone sponsored by First Bank & Trust. Tournaments will be played throughout the day including: the Swiftel Center Co-Ed Sand Volleyball Tournament, Tehlula Lee Bean Bag Tournament, and the Brookings Regional Humane Society Kickball Tournament. The final event of the day is the infamous Wing Eating Contest; sign up for attendees will be at the Ticket Booth and will be a first-come-first-serve basis.
General admission is $8.00. Kids 12 and under are free with paid adult admission. Take advantage of savings at the gate by purchasing a Wing & Brew Master package for $15.00 which includes: one general admission ticket plus 10 sampling tickets.
Purchase tickets to sample wings and brews. All wing and brew vendor booths accept tickets only. Tickets are available for purchase at the Wing & Brew Fest Ticket Booth. Each wing vendor sets sampling prices. Most offer specials such as 2 wings for 3 tickets. Brew vendor pricing is as follows: 1 ticket for one 3oz sample; 5 tickets for one 16oz pour.
- 12:00PM - Festival Opens | All Vendors Open
- 12:00PM - Inflatables Open; Volleyball, Bean Bag and Kickball Tournaments Start
- 12:00PM - Live Music | Chris Champion
- 1:00PM - Brookings Radio Karaoke Contest
- 2:00PM - Battle of the Wings - Mild Contest
- 3:00PM - Battle of the Brews Contest
- 3:30PM - Live Music | Bad Hamster
- 4:30PM - Battle of the Wings - BBQ Contest
- 6:30PM - Battle of the Wings - Hot Contest
- 6:45PM - Last Call for People's Choice Voting
- 7:30PM - Wing Eating Contest
- 7:45PM - Announce People's Choice Awards
- 8:00PM - Festival Ends