Above: Bagelicious is co-sponsoring the bagel eating competition at Temple Kol Emeth
If the sight of Joey Chestnut and other Coney Island heroes inhaling Nathan’s hot dogs on the Fourth of July has inspired you to dream of competitive eating, Temple Kol Emeth has a chance for you to take a bite out of that bagel.
In fact, you can bite, chew and swallow as many bagels as possible in five minutes to win $500 and set a record for the Southeast and beyond.
The first Southeastern Bagel Eating Contest is a featured event at this year’s Noshfest, which returns to the Kol Emeth parking lot this Labor Day weekend after skipping 2015.
“We were looking for something new and exciting to bring to Noshfest this year,” said Lon Goodman, the festival’s co-chairman. The festival will feature food, music and other family fun on Sunday and Monday, Sept. 4 and 5.
The contest should be simple: Participants will face a big bowl of whole plain bagels from contest co-sponsor Bagelicious and a pitcher of water. No silverware or condiments. No lox or cream cheese. No fancy bagel flavors.
A contestant may bite into the bagels, tear them up, dunk them in water — any approach is fine as long as the entire bagel is consumed and stays down through the award ceremony the afternoon of Sept. 4.
The National Bagel Association held what it called the first Bagel Boss National Bagel Eating Contest on Feb. 7 on Long Island, N.Y., and 33-year-old Keith Tuzzolino won the title and a $500 prize for finishing five bagels in five minutes.
The prize is the same for what appears to be the first such eating contest outside New York.
The entry fee is $20, but each contestant gets a $20 gift certificate for use at Bagelicious. Participation is capped at 15 people age 18 or older, so the odds of walking away $500 richer, if more than a few carbs heavier, are good.
The deadline to enter is midnight Friday, Aug. 12. Get more details and an entry form at www.noshfest.com.
And if things don’t go so well, don’t worry: The entry form promises an EMS vehicle will be available.