As the extended holiday weekend comes to a close so does the four-day Bite of Oregon that benefits Special Olympics Oregon. With a new location in the Rose Quarter and new extended dates this annual event brought out fans of food, beer, wine, spirits and music through the recent heat wave that has hit the Rose City.
The Bite of Oregon also awarded winners in three categories – The Best of Bite of Oregon, Best of Bite of Oregon Food Cart and Best of Bite of Oregon Restaurant Booth. Congratulations to the winners in 2017.
Winner of The Best of Bite of Oregon — Jeremy Hansen of Pidgin Hole Food Cart Winner of The Best of Bite of Oregon Food Cart — Micheal Kline of Chicagoland Winner of The Best of Bite of Oregon Restaurant Booth — Leah Tucker of City Slickers PDX
For 2017 another new feature took place on Labor Day when Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs hosted the Pacific Northwest qualifying match for the 2018 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, New York. This eating challenge is a sanctioned event from Major League Eating, a world body that oversees all professional eating contests.
Monday’s contest saw 10 participants, 8 males and 2 females. The contest is to see how many hot dogs and buns can be eaten in 10 minutes. None other than Joey Chestnut set the world record once again on July 4, 2017 by breaking his former record with 72 hot dogs downed.
Here are four videos that take us through the 30 minute Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest.
Portland’s competition was a qualifier to see who will be representing the PNW in 2018. Coming out on top in the men’s division was repeating champion Erik the Red Denmark from Seattle and in the women’s division was Sarah Reinecke of Seattle. Erik the Red mauled down 28 hot dogs and buns while Sarah consumed 17 hot dogs and buns within 10 minutes.
Here is the final ranking of all of the day’s 10 participants with the amount of hot dogs consumed by each. 1. Erik the Red Denmark 28 2. Ryan Rodacker 20 3. Sarah Reinecke and John Jugovic 17 5. Jason Erb 9.5 6. Tim Kruse 8.5 7. Ms Robinson 6.75 8. Lyle Mack 6 Early departures from stage for Mr Summers and Mr Wilson
Here’s a photo recap from Cat Stelzer of the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest held during the 2017 Bite of Oregon…
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D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 20 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter at @hopapalooza.