California eating challenges and contests category

Upcoming eating contests
2019 May 255 Pound Burrito Eating Contest Inland Empire 66ers San Bernardino, CA
$800 2019 May 25 Corn Dog Eating Contest Sacramento County Fair Sacramento, CA
2019 May 25Pie Eating Contest Happy Valley Strawberry Festival Anderson, CA
2019 May 25Pie Eating Contest Western Days Valley Center, CA
2019 May 26Jalapeno Eating Contest Fiesta Days Vacaville, CA
2019 May 26Jalapeno Eating Contest Menudo Cook-Off Bakersfield, CA
2019 May 26Onion Eating Contest Fiesta Days Vacaville, CA
2019 May 26Pie Eating Contest Vista Strawberry Festival Vista, CA
2019 May 26Watermelon Eating Contest Supper Squeeze @ Spark Social SF San Francisco, CA
2019 May 27Pie Eating Contest Topanga Days Topanga, CA
2019 Jun 1Watermelon Eating Contest Wild West Day Upper Lake, CA
2019 Jun 1Wing Eating Contest Bakersfield Wing Festival Bakersfield, CA
2019 Jun 2Artichoke Eating Contest Castroville Artichoke Food and Wine Festival Monterey, CA
2019 Jun 2Watermelon Eating Contest Tustin Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off Tustin, CA
2019 Jun 8Watermelon Eating Contest Old Santa Ynez Day Santa Ynez, CA
($500)2019 Jun 14 Burger Eating Contest Mad Madelines Grill Temecula, CA
2019 Jun 18Crawfish Eating Contest PB Fish Shop Pacific Beach, CA
$10,000 2019 Jun 19I Hooters World Wing Eating Championship Heavenly Village South Lake Tahoe, CA
2019 Jun 22Hodad's Hamburger Eating Contest Ocean Beach Street Fair Ocean Beach, CA
2019 Jun 22Wing Eating Contest Ocean Beach Street Fair Ocean Beach, CA
2019 Jun 22Wing Eating Contest Wing Fest San Diego San Diego, CA
2019 Jun 26INathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier - men Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Santa Cruz, CA
2019 Jun 26INathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier - women Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Santa Cruz, CA
$2,550 2019 Jul 4 Cinnamon Roll Eating Contest Pauls Pantry Mission Viejo, CA
2019 Jul 4Hot Dog Eating Contest 2019 Bar None San Francisco, CA
2019 Jul 4Pie Eating Contest Linn's Fruit Bin Cambria, CA
2019 Jul 6Ice Cream Eating Contest Smoke and Hops Harmony, CA
2019 Jul 20Watermelon Eating Contest Lassen County Fair Susanville, CA
2019 Jul 29Wing Eating Contest Off the Menu Wing Fest West Hollywood, CA
$6,000 2019 Aug 17I Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship Nisei Week Festival Los Angeles, CA
2019 Sep 13Taco Eating Contest Mariachi Festival Hayward, CA
2019 Sep 14Hot Pepper Eating Contest The Pepper Festival Auburn, CA
2019 Oct 19Pie Eating Contest Hotrods 4 Paws Antioch, CA
Three random eating challenges
72 oz. steak 72 Ounce Steak Iron Hog Restaurant and Saloon Oro Grande, CA
2 lb. burger Hogzilla Burger Route 62 Diner Yucca Valley, CA burger is 4 lb. total
3 lb. burger 3 Pound Burger Challenge The Corner San Diego, CA topped w/six slices of cheese, two eggs, our homemade chili and jalapeños
(All California eating challenges and contests in database)

The Sacramento County Fair will hold a corn dog eating contest on May 25 awarding $500/$200/$100.
Joey Chestnut, Matt Stonie and Geoff Esper are expected to compete in the Hooters World Wing Eating Championship at Heavenly Village in Lake Tahoe, NV on June 19.
Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch will attend a cheesesteak eating contest at IB's in Berkeley, CA on April 27.
Molly Schuyler is expected to compete in an eating contest at the Yuba Sutter Taco Fest in Marysville, CA on April 27.
Registration will open today at noon Pacific time for the Hooters World Wing Eating Championship to be held in Lake Tahoe, NV on June 19. The purse will be $10,000.

Takeru Kobayashi defends Chronic Taco title

update April 12
Full official results have been posted:

1st 157 Takeru Kobayashi
2nd 146 Molly Schuyler
3rd 107 Dan “killer” Kennedy
4th 94 Jesse Pynnönen
5th 78 David “Tiger Wings and Things” Brunelli
6th 59 Kevin Ross
7th 47 Naader “Freak8r” Reda
8th 41 Jimmy “The Spicialist” Lin

Naader Reda has uploaded a video of his choking incident

update #2 The Los Angeles Daily News has a contest report giving the official results as
1) Takeru Kobayashi 157 tacos
2) Molly Schuyler 146 tacos

Naader Reda required the Heimlich maneuver during the contest, but completed the competition.

Takeru Kobayashi ate 157 tacos in 10 minutes to defend his Gringo Bandito Chronic Tacos Challenge title at the Sabroso Taco Fest in Dana Point, CA. update Eric Anderson has a video of the contest. Kobayashi and Molly Schuyler were announced as having both eaten 160 tacos at the conclusion of the competition.

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Voyage LA Magazine has an interview with Raina Huang.
Chando's will hold a four pound burrito eating contest in Sacramento on April 4 awarding $250 to the winner.
Yoshiharu Ramen will hold a spicy ramen eating contest in Chino, CA April 6 awarding an iPad/$100/$50.
The field for the Gringo Bandito Chronic Tacos Challenge at the Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival in Dana Point on April 7 has been announced. Defending champion Takeru Kobayashi will face Molly Schuyler, Dan Kennedy, Naader Reda, Dave Brunelli, Kevin Ross, Jesse Pynnönen and Jimmy Lin. (One of the bands performing at the festival is Flogging Molly)
The Modesto Bee has a profile of its Boys Wrestler of the Year, Turlock High senior Michael Jeffus, who finished the five pound burger challenge at Sylvester's Burgers in 9 minutes.
A Nathan's qualifier at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in Santa Cruz, CA on June 26 has been added to the 2018-19 circuit. Registration opens March 15.
The San Francisco Creamery in Walnut Creek, CA, home of a famed "Kitchen Sink" ice cream challenge was shut down after a health inspector found cockroaches in the restaurant. Reopening will require eradication of the pests and a positive report from a pest control company.
Raina Huang attempted the burger challenge at Oh My Burger in Gardena, CA in a video produced by ABC Localish.
Wingnuts in Costa Mesa, CA will hold a wing eating contest on February 21 awarding $500. Use promo code RAINA30 for a 30% discount on the entrance fee.
The 2019 Gringo Bandito Chronic Tacos Challenge will take place at the Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco and Music Festival in Dana Point, CA on April 6 or 7. Takeru Kobayashi is expected to defend his title.
Joey Chestnut will do a meet and greet at the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco tomorrow hosted by Day-Lee Foods, sposors of he MLE gyoza contest.
Joey Chestnut uploaded a mini-docuemtary about the Day Lee Gyoza Eating Championship held in Los Angeles in August. reports that Clemson University football coach Dabo Swinney was excited to meet Joey Chestnut, who attended today's media day activities for Monday night's college football national championship game in Santa Clara, CA.
Joey CHestnut faced off against Alabama fan Llyas Ross Sr. in a wing eating contest held on top of a billboard promoting Monday's college football national championship game.
Molly Schuyler, Brandon "Da Garbage Disposal" Clark and Magic Mikey have produced videos of their attempt with Geoff Esper to complete the 54 inch pizza challenge at Big Mama's and Papa's in under an hour and win $4000. The usual prize for the challenge is $1000 that is paid if an eight person team finishes it in under 2 hours.
Brandon "Da Garbage Disposal" Clark set the single person record for the XL pizza challege (which is usually attempted by two people) at Ballpark Pizza in Mission Viejo, CA at 41:58 breaking Molly Schuyler's mark of 53 minutes set last year.
"Furious" Pete Czerwinski posted a video of his attempt at the Burritozilla at Iguana's in San Jose. His goal was to surpass Matt Stonie's time of under 2 minutes. He did not mention Molly Schuyler's overall record of 1:25. has an article about Jon Davis' victory in a pie eating contest at Hot Rods 4 Paws in Brentwood, CA Saturday.
Molly Schuyler ate a 5 pound Burritozilla in 1:32 to defend her title at Iguana's in San Jose and win $1000. Edward Chin was runner up. (via live video)
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