Horrible news for wing lovers, great news for chickens: Cincinnati's 2nd-annual Queen of the Wing food festival, slated to take place Aug. 21-22 at Washington Park, has been cancelled.
The event, which first took flight in the fall of 2019, was cancelled last year due to the pandemic. But this year, the event is being postponed for a different reason — a chicken wing shortage.
If you're a wing lover, you may have caught wind of the devastating discrepancy that was spawned during the COVID-19 pandemic. An article from WebMD explains that shortage can be attributed to the dish being a popular comfort food carry-out item during the pandemic, and a winter storm in Texas wiping out millions of chickens last winter.
"The daily price went from $3.99 per pound in January to $5.22 in May, an increase of 87% since April 2020," the article explains.
Suffice to say, Queen of the Wing will be postponed until 2022. The event organizers announced the news via a Facebook post on Aug. 9. "The Queen can't fly without Wings! Due to the national wing shortage, this year's festival will be postponed to 2022. Until we fly again, see you next year!"
For more info, follow the event's Facebook page.
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