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The aroma of freshly cooked Chicken wings will fill the air in downtown Punta Gorda on April 1, 2023!

WingfestWhen: April 1, 2023 from 12:00 pm to 7pm

Where: Laishley Park, Punta Gorda

What: Southwest Florida Wingfest & Craft Beer Festival – where wing teams will compete for the glory of best wings in Southwest Florida! Live music with 3 great bands, arts & crafts, Food Vendors, and a Craft Beer Pavilion with over 50 craft beers to sample!

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The Wing Competition will be in 3 categories:

  • Best Hot Wing – $500 prize
  • Best Mild Wing – $500 prize
  • Best Unique Wing – $500 prize
    (NOTE: This is a competition – there is no guarantee on the number of teams, the quantity of wings, or how long wings will last. Teams are each required to make a minimum of 40lbs of wings.)

The Public will vote for the best overall wing!
Our People’s Choice Winner will be crowned KING of the WING! and receive a $2500 Grand Prize!

Entry Form:

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12:00 pm – Gates Open
All Wings and Craft Beer available to sample
Craft Beer Pavilion Open!

Live Music All Day!
1:00 pm – The Boogiemen Rock & Soul Revue
3:00 pm – The Abraham Billings Band
4:30 pm – The Black Honkeys Band

The Boogiemen Rock n Soul Revue

The year was 1990 and it marked a turning point for music lovers on the west coast of Florida. That was the year that the band called The BoogieMen was formed. From the time he was a young teen Mike Riley’s dream was to have the biggest and best band in his town. He has accomplished just that. Riley has that rare personality that everyone that meets him wants to be a part of whatever it is that he is involved with. That trait saw the band grow to its present size of 10 members, which is a rare find in today’s bands. The size of this Rock and Soul Orchestra provides for a rich blend of vocals and instruments that keeps people coming back again and again to enjoy The BoogieMen Experience.

The band puts their heart and soul into every performance, treating them all like a concert. Because they are Charlotte County’s premier band, they have been asked to open for some of the top bands in the country:  The Beach Boys, Kansas, The Edgar Winter Group, Grand Funk RailRoad, Rick Derringer, Bertie Higgins, Dr. Hook, The Lovin Spoonful, Derek Trucks, Confederate Railroad, The Rascals, “Dangerous Dan Toler”, Herman’s Hermits, Rare Earth, Tinsley Ellis, The Outlaws, Grand Funk Railroad, The Grass Roots, Blues Traveler and Here Come the Mummies.

Come, Skip the Light Fandango and turn Cartwheels cross the Floor…

The Abraham Billings Band

The Greg Billings Band is a continuation of a phenomenon that began when popular 80’s Florida band Romeo signed to Epic Records and released its first album after a name change to “Stranger”. Stranger continued to win huge crowds around the southeast with an electrifying stage show and a roster of fun and hook-laden original songs. Geoff Abraham on guitar/vocals and Greg Billings on vocals/guitar form a New Rock Band. Mark Busto on Drums and Jim Stevens on Bass round out the lineup. The Abraham Billings Band will bring Greg’s high energy stage show backed with seasoned musicians for a great time, Don’t miss the first performance of this star packed band anywhere in SW Florida.

The Black Honkeys Band

The Black Honkeys Band is a 10 piece band bringing the best Motown-Funk-Soul and Rock n Roll music to the WingFest!
From the Tampa Bay area, the Black Honkeys Band was voted “Best in the Bay” Soul-Funk-R&B Band
They will get you on your feet and dancing! Their show is high energy with all your favorites as well as great original music!
The band doesn’t get down to Punta Gorda very often so don’t miss the chance to see a great live performance!


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VIP Reserved Tables include entry and 20 Food/Beverage/Sampling Tickets per seat.
Reserved tables are stage-front with a courtesy tent to the side for shade.  Also available: VIP Restrooms, Complimentary bottled water, VIP Bar (requires tickets)

  • VIP Reserved Tables – Table with 2 seats – $120.00 (includes entry into event & 40 Tickets)
  • VIP Reserved Tables – Table with 4 Seats – $240.00 (includes entry into event & 80 Tickets)
  • VIP Reserved Tables – Table with 6 seats – $360.00 (includes entry into event & 120 Tickets)
  • VIP seating only available online – Limit of 20 tables per size


  • $7.00 in advance, $10.00 at the gate
  • Kids under 12 free with Adult
  • Tickets required for Wings, Craft Beer, all domestic beer, liquor and other food
  • Sample and Food tickets – $1.00 each




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For sponsorship information, please visit smugglersevents.com.


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2023 Wingfest Food Vendor Form (PDF)

2023 Wingfest Merch Vendor Form (PDF)



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For more information:
Smugglers Event Management
Jerry Cleffi