22nd Annual World Championship Hot Wing Contest and Festival

April 20, 2024

Downtown Memphis on Riverside Drive


The 22nd Annual World Championship Hot Wing Contest and Festival will be held on April 20, 2024 in downtown Memphis at the Mississippi River Park (formerly Jefferson Davis Park) at 51 Riverside Drive between Jefferson and Union Avenues in Memphis, TN.

The WCHWCF will be in conjunction with the Banquet Open, a 42 year old golf tournament that will be held on the preceding Saturday April 13th at Galloway golf course. 

Both events will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis.

Who is WCHWCF?

This is a nonprofit event with proceeds Benefiting the families of the Ronald McDonald Charities of Memphis. To date, we have raised more than $300,000 in financial support!

This year marks the 21st year of the WCHWCF, previously known as the Southern Hotwing Festival, and attracts international teams from Canada, Costa Rica, South Africa, and other parts of the world.  Whether you like your wings grilled, smoked or fried, with seasonings that range from sweet to savory to exotic, there’s sure to be something for everyone.

Festival-goers will not only have a fun time sampling the competition’s fare, they will also have “something to crow about” as they will be making a contribution to The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis (RMH). 

We hope the public will help us assist the families and children who live at the facility, at no cost, after treatment from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This mission allows the families to focus on helping their children survive and thrive.

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For more than 20 years, the World Championship Hot Wing Contest & Festival ® has been cooking up the best wings in the land – all to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis. With international teams, a World Wing Cup Series, and more additions


Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Memphis offers children with pediatric cancer and other catastrophic illnesses undergoing treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®,; a nurturing, family-centered residential community. The House fosters an environment of hope through support services and child-centered activities that encourage children to be children near the care they need, always free of charge.


“I want to commend Wings Over Memphis because supporting an initiative like the Ronald McDonald House that is so near and dear to the hearts of so many Memphians and it is what really makes Memphis a special city. Support the festival and you're supporting the Ronald McDonald House”
Kevin Kane
President and CEO Memphis Tourism
“Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) is honored to have been chosen as the sanctioning body of the World Championship Hot Wing Contest in Memphis, Tennessee. KCBS supports this event that helps provide a home-away-from-home for families who are in staying in Memphis while their child receives cancer treatment.”
Wayne Lohman
KCBS international Ambassador and Event Director
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