USA Today: America’s Strangest Food Competitions


USA Today Travel recently had an article about America’s Strangest Food Competitions. 

When I think of food competitions, competitive eating comes to mind. And when it comes to competitive eating one contest is king, the Nathan’s Famous Hot-Dog Eating Contest. 

The Nathan’s contest takes place every fourth of July and is just a 15 minute drive from where I live. I’m rarely home but have attended the event a couple of times. The first time I missed the actual contest but caught the ending and got to see the winner was being crowned. The second time we arrived early and got to see the action. The event draws a huge crowd and is a fun (somewhat disgusting) time. If you happen to be in NYC on July 4, I highly recommend going. 

In USA Today’s article they put together a list of strangest food competitions. While reading over their top 10, I couldn’t imagine attempting to ever do something so crazy like entering a food eating competition! Could you? If so, which one wold you chose?

Here is the Top 10 Strangest List:

  1. Annual Testicle Festival- Montana
  2. World Slugburger Eating Championship- Mississippi
  3. World Kimchi Eating Contest- Illinois
  4. Stuffed Quahog Eating Contest- Massachusetts
  5. The Stockton Asparagus Festival- California
  6. Cheese Curd Festival- Wisconsin
  7. World’s Grits Festival- South Carolina
  8. The Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship- California
  9. Acme Oyster Eating World Championship- Louisiana
  10. Oktoberfest Zinzinnati World Bratwurst Eating Championship- Ohio

It seems like these days there is an eating contest for just about any kind of food. Is there any food that you feel should be included that did not make the Top 10 list?

Check out the full USA Today article HERE

 USA Today shared this Top 10 Strangest List which is part of a larger The Daily Meal’s 20 Strangest Food Competitions in American Slideshow. Check it out here.

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