California eating challenges and contests category

Upcoming eating contests
2020 May 31Artichoke Eating Contest Castroville Artichoke Food and Wine Festival Monterey, CA
2020 Jun 27Hodad's Hamburger Eating Contest Ocean Beach Street Fair Ocean Beach, CA
$2,550 2020 Jul 4 Cinnamon Roll Eating Contest Pauls Pantry Mission Viejo, CA
2020 Jul 4Hot Dog Eating Contest 2020 Bar None San Francisco, CA
2020 Jul 4Pie Eating Contest 4th of July Community Celebration and Fireworks Spectacular El Segundo, CA
2020 Jul 4Pie Eating Contest Theatricum Botanicum Topanga, CA
2020 Aug 1Shrimp Eating Contest Garrison's Seafood Express Bakersfield, CA
$6,000 2020 Aug 22I Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship Nisei Week Festival Los Angeles, CA
2020 Oct 10Pie Eating Contest Tehachapi Apple Festival Tehachapi, CA
2020 Oct 24Pie Eating Contest Hotrods 4 Paws Antioch, CA
Three random eating challenges
spicy burrito Habanero Sam Challenge Amigo Tacos Hermosa Beach, CA burrito has ghost pepper
thick 12 in. pizza 3 Little Piggies Cataldo's Pizzeria New Stine Bakersfield, CA
36 oz. burger Sumo Challenge Fuku Burger Los Angeles, CA
(All California eating challenges and contests in database)

The Nisei Week Japanese Festival announced that it will not be held in 2020, which will also cancel the gyoza eating contest scheduled for August 22 in Los Angeles. The Festival intends to return in 2021.
An article by Jim Seimas about last June's Nathan's qualifier at Beach Boardwalk in Santa Cruz won the Associated Press Sports Editors award for papers with a circulation of 14,000 or less.
Takeru Kobayashi announced (in Japanese) that there will be no Gringo Bandito Hot Sauce Chronic Taco eating contest in 2020.
Round Table Pizza announced that Kevin Ross, Jon Rivera, Jon Davis, Raina Huang and edwardc3523 (probably Edward Chin) are the Reign of Fire finalists and will compete for a $5000 prize on March 28. It appears that Raina Huang received the wild card spot.
A commenter claimed that Raina Huang sped up her video to qualify for the Round Table Pizza Reign of Fire challenge finals. The video had background music added (contest rules require that the unedited video must be submitted.) (Youtube video)
Two burger challenges will be offered during Knott's Boysenberry Festival at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, CA from March 20 to April 19. The "Mega Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner-burger" contains 4 pounds of beef and is topped with 4 chicken breasts and a boysenberry pie. The "WOW Pasty" contains four pounds of hamburger and is wrapped in pie dough. The challenges cost $80 unless they are finished by a single diner.
It does not appear that the Sabroso Craft Beer Taco & Music Festival will take place this year. Sabrosotacofest.com redirects to a different website and its facebook page has no information about a 2020 event. The Dana Point, CA event was the site of the Gringo Bandito Taco Eating Contest, the biggest competition for Takeru Kobayashi.
Kevin Ross ate a five pound Fatass Burrito in about 8 minutes to win the first prize of $500 in a contest held at El Chingon in San Diego today.
El Chingon in San Diego will hold a five pound burrito eating contest on February 23 awarding $500 to the winner.
Nexx Burger in Downey, CA will award $300 if its Louie the XIII burger challenge is finished in under 13 minutes.
Round Table Pizza announces the Reign of Fire Challenge. Entrants (California residents only) will record video of themselves attempting a spicy pizza or wings challenge. The fastest times will make the finals in Florin, CA and compete for a $5,000 prize. (contest Instagram)

Raina Huang & Asian Hustle Network in LA Times

Raina Huang is featured prominently in a Los Angeles Times article about the Asian Hustle Network. Her father, Wil Huang, is also quoted:

Her new gig as a competitive eater and social media influencer — she’s the star of 600-plus videos — finally has won her father’s approval.

“I’m actually surprised with her character right now, once I got used to her choice,” Wil Huang, an IT engineer, said about his eldest daughter.

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Joey Chestnut ate 81 waffles over 8 minutes to win an eating contest held at tonight's San Jose Barracudas game. Matt Stonie was the runner-up with 75. update Contest video
Kevin Ross won the first prize of $500 in tonight's Bad Ass Burrito Eating Contest held at El Chingon in San Diego.
The UC Berkeley student newspaper has a column asking if Joey Chestnut will wind up in hell for the sin of gluttony.
El Chingon in San Diego will hold a five pound burrito eating contest on November 10 awarding $500 to the winner.
Prata House in West Covina, CA will hold an idli eating contest on November 10 awarding a $300 Amazon gift card to the winner.
The San Jose Barracuda of the AHL announce they will hold a MLE waffle eating contest on November 17. Joey Chestnut and Matt Stonie are expected to compete. update A press release announces that Chestnut and Stonie will be the only two competitors.
Sugar Taco in Los Angeles will hold a ghost taco eating contest on October 30 awarding $1000 to the winner.
Dan Kennedy annouced he ate 20 burgers to win the first prize of $1000 in yesterday's eating contest at Lumpy's Burgers in Antioch, CA. Edward Chin was the runner up and Scott Rubin was 3rd. Previous winners were not allowed to received the first prize money, which prevented Molly Schuyler from defending her title.
On Friday, Raina Huang won the dumpling eating contest at the Dumpling and Beer Festival in San Gabriel, CA for the third year in a row. Taran Eckel was runner up.
El Chingon in San Diego will hold a five pound burrito eating contest awarding $250 to the winner on October 13.

2019 Pacific Park tacos

Qin in Irvine, CA will hold a spicy noodle eating contest tomorrow awarding $200 to the winner.
Independent.com has an interview with Raina Huang about competing in æbleskiver eating contests during the Danish Days Celebration in Solvang, CA this weekend.
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