Albany / Eastern Upstate New York eating challenges and contests category

Three random Albany eating challenges
big banana split Car Hop Ice Cream Challenge The Car Hop Ice Cream Shop Ballston Spa, NY includes 32 oz. milkshake
hot dogs Hot Dog Record Gus's Hotdogs Watervliet, NY
2 12 in. pancakes Colossal Pancake Challenge Ugly Rooster Cafe Mechanicville, NY
(All Albany eating challenges and contests in database)

Spa City Tap in Barrel in Saratoga Springs, NY will hold a pie eating contest on November 22 awarding a 55 inch TV.
New Way Lunch will hold a hot dog eating contest in Glen Falls, NY on August 3 awarding $500 to the winner.
Leader Herald has an article about Mark Gdd completing the meatball sub challenge at the Saucy Italian in Johnstown, NY. He has a food challenge youtube channel.
The Barrel Saloon in Albany will hold a wing eating contest February 18 awarding $250 to the winner, $50 to the runner up.
Vapor at Saratoga Casino in Glen Falls, NY will hold a Wing Bowl on February 4 awarding $500 to the winner.
Joe Menchetti won Helmbold's hot dog eating contest at last night's Tri City Valley Cats game in Troy, NY.
All 33 members of the Albany Dutchmen minor league baseball team will attempt the burger challenge at J & A Prep Kitchen on June 2 in an event to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Some recent eating challenge lists: Albany | Chicago | Los Angeles

Prize of Man v Food Nation appearance reneged on

It has been one year since the final new episodes (Jackson, MS and Charlotte, NC) of Man v Food: Nation debuted on April 11, 2012. In August 2011, John Lomascolo was informed that the video he submitted for a contest held on the program’s facebook page received the most votes and he would claim the prize of an appearance on an episode featuring Albany, NY area restaurants. (The eating challenge site was to have been Wagon Train BBQ in Rotterdam, NY). The program never recorded in eastern upstate New York (episode list) and the series terminated before John Lomascolo received his prize. (I have made a twitter request to see if an alternate award was given out.)

Contest runner-up Lauren Takao did get to make an appearance in an episode recorded in Hawaii.

update April 12 I have been informed that John Lomascolo received a small compensation, but a future appearance on a Travel Channel program is unknown at this time.

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The Albany Times Union reports that John Lomascolo defeated Randy Santel and three other finalists in Man v. Food: Nation's casting call contest and will attempt an eating challenge on an upcoming episode. has a blog entry about Man vs. Food: Nation video contestt finalist John Lomascolo.
The facebook for Daurizios FatBoy Style Pizza in Schenectady, NY announces that Joel Podelsky and Mike Longo will attempt today to be the first pair to finish the Fat Boy Challenge and win $500.
Daurizio's FatBoy Style Pizza & Catering in Schenectady, NY has a Fat Boy challenge that will award $500 to a two person team that can finish a Fat Boy Pizza, 20 wings, and orders of Garlic and Cinni Knots in under an hour.

Ed Krachie’s niece covers & competes in steerburger contest

CapitalNews9 has a video of Erin Connolly covering and eating french fries in yesterday’s steerburger contest in Albany. Ms. Connolly claims to be the niece of 1996 Nathan’s champion Ed Krachie. Nicklaus Schultz won the contest by eating 7 steerburgers in 20 minutes.

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The annual Steerburger eating contest at Sutter's Mill in Albany, NY will take place on Friday. The first prize is $100 cash, concert tickets, dinner for four at Sutter’s, a Miller Lite refrigerator and a T-shirt.
The Saratogian reports that Christa Dederick won yesterday's ice cream eating contest at the Saratoga Race Course by eating a pint of ice cream in 61 seconds.

Buffalo Jim wins Saratoga non-qualifier

Capital News 9 reports that “Buffalo” Jim Reeves won the Nathan’s hot dog eating contest held at the Saratoga Race Course today. While this year’s upstate New York contest is not a qualifier for the July 4 finals, it still awarded a year’s worth of hot dogs. The duration remained 12 minutes long despite truncation of other Nathan’s contests this year to 10 minutes. Video from the contest is available which shows that Crazy Legs Conti also participated.

update also has a video Totals are not mentioned on either of the two videos.

update #2 The contest page on has been updated to report that Buffalo Jim ate 23.5 HDB and Crazy Legs Conti consumed one less. The contest was listed as 10 minutes.

update #3 The Saratogian has a contest report.

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2008 Saratoga Nathan’s contest a non-qualifier

Registration for the Nathan’s hot dog contest that will be held at the Saratoga horse racing track on August 18 is now open on, which states that the contest will not be a qualifier for the 2009 finals, but the winner will receive a year’s supply of hot dogs.

In other IFOCE contest news, registration for the Los Angeles Nisei Week gyoza eating contest will open in about an hour. Sonya Thomas says she will not enter due to high travel costs (from comment)

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Saratoga Nathan’s hot dog contest August 18

The events calendar for the New York Racing Association reports that a Nathan’s hot dog eating contest will take place at the Saratoga Race Course on August 18. The first prize will be a year’s supply of Nathan’s hot dogs. It is not stated if the contest will be a qualifier for the 2009 finals. Registration will take place at the race course before the contest.

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Siena U starts all you can eat seats

The Albany Times Union reports that Siena University has added a new seating option for its men’s basketball games:

Beginning Dec. 22 and for all remaining home games, Siena plans to introduce an all-you-can- eat option for its games at Times Union Center.

The school is offering a seat in the upper level that allows you to enjoy an unlimited supply of hot dogs, hamburgers, popcorn and fountain soda.

Come for the game, stay for the gluttony.

The cost per ticket is $25 for adults and $18.50 for children 18 and younger. Wristbands, which come with the tickets, will identify the gourmands. Peanuts are in cluded. Pepto-Bismol is not.


Conti interviewed by truefan after Saratoga

Liz has posted a long interview with Crazy Legs Conti following his victory in the Saratoga qualifier to truefan:

I genuinely feel bad that Mike Landrich didn’t make it. I’ve never met him, I don’t know what he put up in Vegas, but if it’s any consolation to him, I didn’t get an email confirmation either. There is no grand IFOCE conspiracy afloat, I saw an event I wanted to go to so I picked up the phone and found out the info and showed up. In high school it took six calls before I got a girl to agree, but I made it to the prom. I arrived at Saratoga to learn that instead of the usual seventy people, only seven preregistered for the contest.

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Crazy Legs Conti wins Saratoga qualifier

Capital News 9 has an article and video of this afternoon’s Nathan’s qualifier at Saratoga, NY. Crazy Legs Conti won the contest with 21.5 HDB. Jeff Bouyea was second with 10 HDB. Did any reader of this website besides Mike Landrich attempt to register for this contest and not get accepted?

update The Saratogian also has an article about the contest. Tim “Eater X” Janus attended and competed in the neat eating competition, but did not enter the qualifier.

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Aug 20 Saratoga Nathan’s qualifier for 2008 finals

The first qualifier for the 2008 Nathan’s finals will be held at the Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga, New York on Monday August 20. Registration is now open.

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