Recap: 2011 Apple Day & the Pie Eating Contest [Video]

Posted on: September 19th, 2011 at 6:28 am by

For the fourth year running, the Lower East Side BID hosted its annual NYC Apple Day festival yesterday on Orchard Street, between Broome and Grand.  The gathering this time around was a bit more upbeat and active than previous years, with deejays spinning (courtesy of Brandsway Sound) and a plethora of various sample options.  Numerous local business bought tables to peddle their goods, some befitting of the day, but most not.  For instance, what does Lumber Liquidators (from Delancey) have to do with apples?  The jury is still out.

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The festival no doubt reached its peak with the apple pie eating contest, a smart decision by event organizers to keep the crowd entertained through the afternoon. Seriously, everyone loves competitive eating exhibitions, further evidenced by the horde that gathered to watch contestants publicly gorge their faces. A total of eleven individuals participated, some more seasoned than others, with amateur entrants including Mike Little of recently-opened Lost Weekend NYC.

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After the allotted seven minutes of stuffing face, “Gentleman” Joe Menchetti was crowned “national” champion for downing 2.5 apple pies; he scored $500 in prize money.

Unfortunately, there were no “Lard Ass” barf-o-rama moments a la Stand by Me.

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