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The aroma of freshly cooked Chicken wings will fill the air in downtown Punta Gorda on May 15, 2021!

WingfestWhen: May 15, 2021 from 3pm to 8pm

Where: City Marketplace, Downtown Punta Gorda

What: Southwest Florida Wingfest & Craft Beer Festival – where Local Restaurants, Food, Trucks, and Caterers will compete for the glory of best wings in Southwest Florida! Live music, arts & crafts & plenty of Craft Beer & refreshments!

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The Wing Competition will be in 3 categories:

  • Best Hot Wing
  • Best Mild Wing
  • Best Unique Wing

The Public will vote for the best overall wing!

Entry Form:

Download an Entry Form (PDF)


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3:00 pm – Gates Open
All Wings and Craft Beer available to sample
Craft Beer Pavilion Open!

Live Music All Day!
3:15 – 4:00 pm – Acoustic Music
4:15 – 5:30 pm – The Boogiemen Rock n Soul Revue
5:30 pm – Hot Wing Eating Contest
6:00 pm – Winners Announced in Wing Contest
6:30 – 8:00 pm – The Greg Billings Band
8:00 pm – Event Ends

Marty Moss

Marty Moss brings a familiar yet eclectic repertoire for his audiences to enjoy. Hailing originally from Baldwinsville, NY, he now resides in Englewood, FL and travels up the East Coast in the Summertime. Known for his powerful, soulful vocal style, creative instrumentation, and riveting looping capabilities, Marty keeps the crowd entertained with hand-picked songs just right for almost any event. Electric and Acoustic Guitar are Marty’s instruments of choice. Playing guitar since age 17 led him to begin singing and gigging out ten years after. In addition to percussion, Marty adds Harmonica and Jazz Flute to his performances for musical flavor and nuance. Style-wise, Marty covers genres of all kinds. One could describe his setlists as containing “A little bit of everything with a particular love for American songwriters.” You might hear James Taylor, you might hear Lil Wayne.

The Greg 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.

Greg Billings and Tom King were original members of Stranger and were there through it all. Greg’s vocal range and ability were equally matched by his magnetic personality and his ability to make everyone in the audience feel like a friend.  Today The Greg Billings Band focuses more on concert and festival events and less on nightclub appearances. The band has released 2 CDs through the years including a greatest hits compilation and have been joined in the studio with luminary guest musicians such as Robin Zander of Cheap Trick, Brian Johnson of AC/DC, and the late R&B bassist Donald “Duck” Dunn.

Greg Billings always knows what he wants and he goes after it with purpose. He has become the quintessential frontman recognized for his unique vocal tonality, and his ability to grab any audience’s attention and hold them for as long as he’s on the stage. Backed up with a sold band of veteran musicians, the Greg Billings Band rolls on bringing smiles to the faces of live music lovers everywhere.

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…


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The 2021 Southwest Florida WingFest & Craft Beer Festival features over 50 different craft beers represented by a variety of breweries including the ones below. Craft Beers will be available by 4oz samples as well as full cans/bottles.


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The VIP Pavilion is an exclusive area with table seating and upfront stage access. VIP Guests will have exclusive access craft beers and will receive a souvenir cup.

  • Included in the VIP Tables are 20 Wing/Craft Beer Sampling Tickets per guest
  • Limited to 250 guests
  • Tables for 4 Guests with 80 total sampling tickets – $120
  • Tables for 6 Guests with 120 total sampling tickets – $180


  • $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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21 Wingfest Food Vendor Form (PDF)

21 Wingfest Merch Vendor Form (PDF)



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For more information:
Smugglers Event Management
Jerry Cleffi