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The Killarney wins Okemo Valley Chicken Wing Championship

Courtesy of Okemo

Okemo Hops in the Hills 2015 Chicken Wing Champion was once again The Killarney. Owner Mark Verespy served up “Sweet and Savory Barbecue Wings” with the help of his children Connor and Molly.

LUDLOW – More than 5,000 beer and wine drinkers enjoyed summer temperatures and bright sunny skies Aug. 7-9 at Okemo Mountain Resort’s Hops in the Hills Beer and Wine Festival. In addition to beer, food and live music performed by five bands, a highlight of the event was the annual Chicken Wing Championship, a people’s choice contest that determines the restaurant with the best chicken wings in Okemo Valley. Defending their championship title from 2014 and reigning victorious once again this year was The Killarney.maca

The chicken wing tasting took place on Saturday, Aug. 8. Five Ludlow restaurants competed this year: The Killarney Irish Pub with their Sweet and Savory Barbecue Wings; Mojo Café with their Dry Hopped Wings; Squeels on Wheels with their Saucey Sow and Kickin’ Sow Wings; 5 Spot Bar and Grill with their Bourbon Molasses Wings; Coleman Brook Tavern with their Pox Pox Wings.

“It was a very close contest,” said Okemo Chicken Wing Championship Event Organizer Marlaina Wing (yes, that’s her real name). “It was great to see such friendly rivalry taking place between our local restaurants and it is a clear indication that visitors coming to Ludlow can expect to find some delicious chicken wings in Okemo Valley.”

Nearly 6,000 chicken wings were consumed during the event and attendees could purchase a judging package, providing them with wing tickets for sampling entries and a single ballot for selecting their favorite.

For more information, visit okemo.com.

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