LAKELAND, FL (April 12, 2017) — Competition for the King of the Wings contest is heating up!  Last year’s winners – Mojo’s Wings, Burgers, Beer (winner of the 2016 Judges’ Choice King of the Wings) and Smokin’ Aces Bar-B-Q (winner of the 2016 Peoples’ Choice) have already committed to this year’s contest, along with several other local restaurants and caterers.

Each Spring for the last 18 years, the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce hosts the Luau Business After Hours sponsored by Citizens Bank & Trust, to celebrate our business community and to offer a sampling of local tastes.  On Thursday, April 20, 2017, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM, plan to enjoy an evening of sampling, sipping, and mingling “on the deck” at Citizens Bank & Trust downtown!

Mary Stephenson, Vice President and Mortgage Loan Officer, along with the staff at Citizens Bank & Trust Downtown help plan the annual event. “We love helping the Lakeland Chamber organize the event,” says Mary. “We are looking forward to another great event, with great food, music and guests. Citizens Bank & Trust is honored to serve as host and look forward to seeing over 700 members and guests and the opportunity to network with our community.”

The Lakeland Chamber expects a record crowd again– ready to sample and judge wings and other tasty foods! Each guest will cast his/her vote for the People’s King of the Wings, and an expertly appointed panel of judges will vote to determine the Judges’ King of the Wings!

King of the Wings Competitors:

Beef O’ Brady’s South Lakeland

Carter’s BBQ

Fred’s Market

Glory Days Grill

Miller’s Ale House


Smokey Bones

Smokin’ Aces BBQ


Food samples also provided by:  bd Mongolian Grill, Jet’s Pizza, Square 1 Burgers, and TooJay’s. Photo booth sponsored by Luis & Co.

Event Sponsors:

Presenting – Citizens Bank & Trust

Big Kahuna – Bernie Little Distributing, LLC

Tiki Sponsors – Republic Services, Southside Package & Lounge (Tuckers’), Spherion, and Whatever Tees Screen Printing and Embroidery


The casual, party atmosphere lends to productive networking.

This event is only $10 – chamber members and non-members.

Name:  18th Annual Luau Business After Hours hosted by Citizens Bank & Trust

Date:  April 20, 2017

Time:  5:30 PM – 7:30 PM EDT

Location:  On the Deck at Citizens Bank and Trust, 402 S Kentucky Ave, Lakeland, FL 33801

Contact Information:  Rebecca Fortier (863) 688-8551 ext 229, or

Lakeland Chamber of Commerce

The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce represents 1,700 member businesses in the Lakeland area and provides opportunities for networking, professional development and advocacy for companies of all sizes. Five-Star Accredited by the US Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber upholds the following vision and mission statements:

Vision Statement

The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce will be the premier catalyst for the advancement of Lakeland’s economic growth and enhancement of quality of life– creating Florida’s community of choice.

Mission Statement

The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce is the leading organization dedicated to creating a climate where business can prosper.