El Mañana: Jalapeño Festival wants local competitors

La Sanbe has a blog entry commenting on an article from elmanana.com.mx about the Jalapeño Festival that will take place in Laredo, Texas on February 20 & 21 which mentions the eating contest where Pat Bertoletti holds the record of 266 peppers in 15 minutes:

One issue of concern, though, is that participants for the jalapeño eating contest are not being solicited via the Food Network website as was done last year. Organizers want the contest represented more by locals. Great. So now we’re lowering the standards of our recreational activities too. Way to go Laredo.

The Spanish paragraph about the contest and its translation by Google follows:

Para la competencia de Jalapeño de esta edición, ya no se anunciará en internet, como se hizo el año pasado en la página de la Food Network, pues se quiere que los participantes sean locales, ya que es un festival de Laredo.

Jalapeño competition for this edition is no longer advertised on the internet, as it did last year at the site of the Food Network, as it is to the participants are local, as it is a festival of Laredo.

If the Laredo jalapeño contest is not affiliated with IFOCE in 2009, there could be a 4+ month gap between contests since the last IFOCE contest was the Battle at the Big Apple World Pizza Eating Championship in Fort Pierce, Florida on November 8.

The Stockton Asparagus Festival’s website announces that the contest on April 25 will have IFOCE eaters, so that will break the drought at 5.5 months if no other contests take place before it.

Comments (9)


  1. anonymous said

    January 23, 2009 @ 2:04 pm

    If Don moses lerman is not invited and flown out to laredo they should shut down the festival. All the publicity surrounding the past contest was because of him and nobody else. Do you realize how much money he invested in aifare hotel and got a kick in the ass in return. I say moses should be there and someone should foot the bill

  2. Rhonda Evans said

    January 23, 2009 @ 2:07 pm

    I think the employees of Shea Communications have higher priorities than booking/promoting IFOCE contests this year, especially given the state of the economy. For 2009 CE might be a tough sell as more and more people become unemployed. And that state of things may well worsen before it improves.

  3. Don''Moses'' Lerman said

    January 23, 2009 @ 2:11 pm

    thank you anonymous204 my sentiments exactly

  4. Concerned Eater said

    January 23, 2009 @ 2:21 pm

    Don isn’t the only one who has spent money on airfare,hotel,rental cars, cab fare and time off from work. Most eaters never see money and don’t complain. You have a choice no one forces or even asks anyone to compete! Just because they give you a stupid rank dosent mean you owe anything to anyone. Think about it what does it cost them to rank you? Now other the other hand what does it cost YOU to be ranked? Their you have it. It’s safe to say as good as the organization is let’s be honest there the ones making out like bandits with the exception of the top ranked eaters.

  5. Just concerned said

    January 23, 2009 @ 6:27 pm

    Concerned eater should be more concerned about proper grammer and spelling

  6. Johnny Ogelthorpe said

    January 23, 2009 @ 6:49 pm

    first bens deli then johnsonville brats ,then the wing bowl and now the jalapenos whats next?

  7. Anonymous said

    January 23, 2009 @ 8:37 pm

    It’s grammar.

  8. Anonymous said

    January 24, 2009 @ 12:16 am

    It’s easier to keep track of what’s left.

  9. Sees humor in JC said

    January 24, 2009 @ 2:14 am

    Just concerned.

    HaHa, you loser. I hope the spelling error was intentional, but I doubt it.

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