Is New York City big enough for two main even type hot dog eating contests in one day? We shall find out on July 4th, 2012. For that is when the Crif Dog Classic is taking on Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. With its own large cash prizes, several bands, six-time Nathan’s winner Takeru Kobayashi and its being covered live on SI.com it will certainly give Nathan’s Famous a run for its money.
Many will remember Kobayashi sparked controversy when he was not allowed to compete in the 2010 Nathan’s contest because he would not sign an exclusive contract with Major League Eating. Well now he will be the featured competitive eater at the new rival.
Along with announced prizes of $15,000 for first place along with another $10,000 combined for 2nd through 5th place, Crif Dogs owner Brian Shebairo said that a trio of Brooklyn-based bands including the Wild Yaks, Andy Suzuki and The Method and The Electric Mess will be among the other acts performing. In addition Renowned New York chef Sam Mason will serve as an honorary judge for the Classic’s hot dog eating contest for the inaugural Crif Dog Classic on July 4th at Roberta’s in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Shebairo was quoted as saying: “It’s going to be a must-see, uniquely New York event that we hope will continue to grow year after year.”
DATE AND TIME OF EATING COMPETITION:
11:00AM to 3:00pm on Wednesday, July 4th, 2012.
THE EATING CONTEST:
There will be a total of ten contestants. The Crif Dog Classic website does not mention the format, but it is assumed it will be similar to Nathan’s ,with 10 minutes to eat as many hot dogs in buns as possible.
EATING CHALLENGE LOCATION:
261 Moore Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11206
$25,000 Total Cash Purse, distributed as follows:
- 1st – $15,000
- 2nd – $5,000
- 3rd – $2,500
- 4th – $1,500
- 5th – $1,000
OTHER HOT DOG EATING COMPETITION INFORMATION:
Tickets can be purchased here. They are ten dollars each, and unlike the 40,000 expected at Coney Island they will be limited to 400. If you aren’t lucky enough to be there you can see it live on SI.com.