Greater Manchester eating challenges and contests category

Upcoming Manchester eating contests
(£50)2018 Aug 27 Man vs Sausage Barbakan Deli Manchester, England, UK
2018 Sep 22Chicken Nugget Eating Contest - men Manchester's First Chicken Nugget & Wings Festival Manchester, England, UK
2018 Sep 22Chicken Nugget Eating Contest - women Manchester's First Chicken Nugget & Wings Festival Manchester, England, UK
Three random Manchester eating challenges
18 in pizza The Cheeky Challenge Morley Cheek's Manchester, England, UK includes stein of milkshake, might also have a burger challenge
big meals Man v Food Challenges Lola Lo Manchester, England, UK available on Tuesdays, meals in Moai vs. Food, Big Dog, Beast Burrito, Giant Kahuna
big burrito The Big Juan Luck, Lust, Liquor & Burn Manchester, England, UK
(All Manchester eating challenges and contests in database)

The World Pie Eating Championship, held in December at Harry's Bar in Wigan, England, will be recreated tomorrow for a commercial for online betting firm Casumo. The ad will feature non-traditional sports and the public is welcome to attend the filming.
Martin Appleton Clare ate a pie in a record 32 seconds to win the World Pie Eating Championship in Wigan, England for the third year in a row.   
The Manchester Evening News has an article about "Joe Burger Challenge" of Spain being the first person to finish the burger challenge at Shooters.
Martin Appleton-Clare ate a meat and potato pie in 45.5 seconds at Harry's Bar in Wigan, England yesterday to defend his title in the "World Pie Eating Championships". This is his third victory overall. Vocativ has a video of a pie ascending 19 miles high via weather balloon to promote the contest.
The BBC reports that a pie that ascended to 100,000 feet after being attached to a weather balloon will be used in The World Pie Eating Championships in Wigan, England on December 20. The goal of the flight was to determine how high altitude affects the molecular structure of the pie and makes it easier to eat.
The rightful champion of the 2014 World Pie Eating Championship in Wigan, England was the dispute in today's episode of Judge Rinder, a UK court show (video) update Episode link (UK only)
The rightful champion of the 2014 World Pie Eating Championship at Harry's Bar in Wigan, England will be adjuciated in an upcoming British courtroom television show Judge Rinder. (via Claire Hannah)
WiganToday.net reports 2012 winner Martin Appleton-Clare ate a pie in 38.2 seconds to regain the World Pie Eating Championship title at Harry's Bar in Wigan, England today. update Dec 19 Reuters has a video
Mirror.co.uk reports that an attempt to cook the world's spiciest chilli produced toxic fumes which required the evacuation of four student houses at the University of Manchester. The firefighters responding called it "the most stupid thing they'd been sent out for in 20 years."
Chronicle.co.uk has an article about Kate Ovens competing in a hot dog eating contest at GrillStock in Manchester yesterday. According to this video, Josh Wilson was the winner.
The results of today's World Pie Eating Contest in Wigan, England were officially voided after oversized pies were sent to the event. Previous winner Barry Rigby ate his pie half the fastest with a time of 42.6 seconds. (Huffington Post slideshow).
The Guardian has a cartoon about the World Pie Eating Contest in Wigan, England on December 18.
The Total Guide to Manchester has a list of Manchester, England eating challenges and Chronicle Live has a list of restaurants offering challenges in northeast England.
Dogs N Dough in Manchester, England plans to cook 1600 hot dogs for its hot dog eating contest Wednesday.  
The Daily Star has an article about the first attempt by a female at the 9,000 calorie breakfast challenge offered by the Castle Cafe in suburban Manchester.  
The "World Pie Eating Championship", probably the best publicized European eating contest, will take place tomorrow at Harry's Bar in Wigan, England. This year's gimmick is "topless" or crustless pies, supposedly due to the request of risk assessment lawyers. update Dec 18 Ian Coulton won the contest with a time of 1:06
Yahoo! Shine has a blog entry about former anorexic Matthew Booth from Manchester, England who has gained 110 pounds since he dropped to 60 pounds. He credits "Furious" Pete Czerwinski with inspiring his recovery after his heart stopped for 20 minutes.
The World Pie Eating Championships held at Harry's Bar in Wigan, England are mentioned in a New York Times article about Wigan Athletic's relegation from the Premier League after a bottom 3 finish.

Digesting England by the pound / eatfeats region


Citizens of Hope & Glory,
Time goes by – it’s “the time of your life”.
Easy now, sit you down.
Chewing through your Wimpey[*] dreams,
They eat without a sound;
Digesting england by the pound.

Young man says “you are what you eat” – eat well.
Old man says “you are what you wear” – wear well.
You know what you are, you don’t give a damn;
Bursting your belt that is your homemade sham.

Genesis, “Dancing with the Moonlit Knight” (1973) (That is Phil Collins on drums)

The English eating challenges (currently totaling 309) and contests in the database have been parceled out into 34 regions which are listed after the jump (all-England list of eating challenges and contests)
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The Guardian has a preview of tomorrow's pie eating contest at Harry's Bar in Wigan, England, which has adopted a six-ringed logo and renamed itself the "Pielympics" in honor of the London summer games. update Dec 12 Martin Clare won the contest with a time of 23.5 seconds to eat one pie.
The pie eating contest in Wigan (Manchester area) is probably the European contest that receives the most press coverage due to its publicity gimmicks. This year's gimmick is the claim that pies intended for the contest were stolen and laced with Viagra. Neil Collier won the contest by finishing his pie in under 24 seconds.

Barry Rigby wins Wigan (UK) pie contest

SkyNews reports that Barry Rigby ate a meat pie in 43 seconds to win the annual pie eating contest at Harry’s Bar in Wigan, England today.

The Wigan pie contest is probably the best publicized English contest. This year’s gimmick of checking for performance enhancing substances was noted by the BBC. (Gravy is listed as a performance enhancing substance). Pitch Weekly also had a blog entry about the contest (from Liz K)

update The Guardian, Daily Express and Manchester Evening Post have articles.

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Link Buffet: December 17, 2008

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Great moments in units of measurement mix-ups

Metro.co.uk reports that the pies made for tomorrow’s meat pie eating contest at Harry’s Bar in Wigan, England have a diameter of 12 inches and a height of 3.5 inches. The original intentions were to use 12 cm by 3.5 cm pies, but no units of measurement were provided to the cook. The measurement mix-up expands the volume of the pies by a factor of over 15 (2.5 cm/ in.)^3.

This is not the first time that an issue affecting the contest has received a lot of publicity; a dog ate the pies that were to be used for the 2007 competition.


Youtube has a clip
about another object constructed to improper specifications.

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Wigan pie contest to be on pay per view

rockfm.co.uk reports that the World Pie Eating championship held at Harry’s Bar in Wigan (Manchester area), England next month will be webcast. Viewers will have to pay £14.99 ($23) to receive information on how to view the contest. The contest previously received coverage for scaling back from a timed format to a fixed amount of a single pie. Last year’s winner, Adrian Frost, took 34 seconds to finish his pie. ($23 per 34 seconds is equivalent to more than $1000 / hour)

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