Whenever I hear about an eating contest, I cannot help but think of the pie-eating contest scene in the movie “Stand By Me”, which concludes with… well, this blog is supposed to be about stimulating your appetite, not suppressing it. But if you really want to know or revisit that particular scene, click here.
Eating contests can fall into two categories: The kind where contestants end up eating an absurd amount of food in order to win the prize or the kind where the type of food is a challenge in itself (i.e. raw habanero peppers), so the contestants don’t eat until they bust but it’s still a difficult and uncomfortable task.
It is probably a rite of passage for any teenage boy to be involved, at some point, in an eating contest — even if it is an unofficial one which takes place at the school cafeteria table. Or should I say ESPECIALLY if it takes place at a school cafeteria table? I am here to admit that while I have never in my life been a teenage boy, even I took part in a pseudo eating contest, challenging myself in front of my friends to jam as many marshmallows into my mouth as possible.
It wasn’t very entertaining for my friends or myself.
While many eating contests have no real purpose, some are competitive sport or part of fundraising efforts. Big Lick BBQ (formerly Henry’s Memphis BBQ) is having an eating contest on May 26 to benefit OMNI (Orphan Medical Network International). Prizes will be awarded for eating the most slaw, potato salad or mixed beans (your choice of which side dish); for eating the most pulled pork sandwiches; and for eating the most ribs. Sounds messy, huh?
I’ll post the rules and other information for entering the contest at the bottom of this entry. Who among you is man or woman enough to go through a pile of ribs like Bugs Bunny goes through corn on the cob? Or risk the painful result of pouring whole beans down your gullet? I know you’re out there!
I’ll finish with a poll: How many of you enjoy watching or participating in food-eating contests? How many are disgusted by them?
Food-eating contest to benefit OMNI at Big Lick BBQ
677 Brandon Ave. SW, Roanoke
May 26, 7 p.m.
How To Register?
Come by the restaurant and sign up for the event/s you wish to compete in or sign up at the door during the night of the event.
Rules: The entry fee is $15 to compete in two events. There is one 10 minute round per event. The contestant who eats the most in the event wins $50.
7:15, Presentation by OMNI.
7:25, Famous slaw, potato salad, and mixed beans contest (your choice of item to eat).
7:45, Pulled pork sandwiches contest.
8:05, Ribs contest.