The Fraze Pavilion was the hottest place to be this weekend as the Seventh Annual Kickin' Chicken Wing Fest celebrated some of the best in chicken wings in the Miami Valley. While festival-goers tasted various chicken wings, live music entertained on the Fraze stage. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER
Photo: Tom Gilliam
Photo: Tom Gilliam

Xenia restaurant takes home top trophies in chicken wing competition

The best wings in the Miami Valley were on display at this year's Kickin' Chicken Wing Fest. 

The event, now in its eighth year, drew more than 12,000 wing lovers over the course of the day to Fraze Pavilion, according to Amy Zahora, executive director of the Miami Valley Restaurant Association. 

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Dewberry 1850 won the award for best side at this year’s Kickin’ Chicken Wing Fest.

Two to three wings were sold by 14 vendors for $3 a taste. Five food judges chose winners in seven categories: best wing, best boneless wing, best sauce, hottest wing, best side, best dessert and best decor. Those attending voted for People's Choice Award Winner. 


Nick's came out on top, winning people's choice, best sauce and hottest wing, while Giovanni's was crowned the best wing overall by the judges.

Winners in each category were: 

People's Choice Award: Nick's 

Best sauce: Nick's 

Hottest wing: Nick's 

1443 N Detroit St., Xenia 

937-372-3202 or 

Best wing: Giovanni's 

215 W. Main St., Fairborn 

937-878-1611 or 

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Best boneless wing: Deg's 

15 Greene Blvd., Beavercreek 

937-429-0000 or  

Best side: Dewberry 1850 

1414 S Patterson Blvd., Dayton 

937-223-1000 or  

Best dessert: Amber Rose 

1400 Valley St., Dayton 

937-228-2511 or 

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Best decor: The Dock 

250 W. Main St., Enon 

937-864-5011 or 

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