Second Veggie Dog Eating Contest

Mike Litt, organizer of many vegan events in Austin is holding his second veggie dog eating contest this Saturday. For those of you who went last year, it was tons of fun.

Here’s the official press release:

iLoveMikeLitt’s Veggie Hot Dog Eating Contest
Saturday, June 21, 2008 – 1 to 4pm
Competition starts at 2pm
Scholz Garten map
All Ages, Families Welcome – $5 cover

June 16, 2008

Contact: Mike Litt, 512-828-2484,

Austinites and other Texans invited to help eat 1500 veggie dogs and 14 gallons of vegan ice cream

Austin TX – Building on the theme, “No Meat, No Mercy,” Austin will host the return of last year’s inaugural veggie dog eating contest on:

Date: Saturday, June 21st

Time: 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Location: Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto

The annual Veggie Dog Eating Contest was created by IloveMikeLitt, a local social group that puts together various artistic and cultural events, after a random conversation with The Hot Dog King, a local vendor who sells hot dogs on Red River Street.

Individuals can compete as solo competitors or as part of teams of two in the doubles category. Prizes from local businesses and national vegetarian-friendly companies will be awarded to the teams and persons eating the most veggie dogs in 12 minutes.

A $5 cover includes a free Smart Dogs veggie dog and all-you-can eat NadaMoo ice cream until supplies run out.

Co-hosts this year are Deb O’Keefe from the MorningX on FM 101.5, and Chris Trew, co-founder of ColdTowne Theater. Deb and Chris are both vegetarians.

Contestants this year include last year’s solo competitor champion, Colin “the Tim Duncan of competitive eating” Kalmbacher. Colin, a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and vegan for six years says, “What is more Austin than a bunch of vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores, all alongside each other, gorging themselves on hundreds of soy dogs for the sheer insanity of it?”

For more information go to


IloveMikeLitt is a social group based out of Austin, Texas that puts together various artistic and cultural events. Last year’s 1st Ever Veggie Hot Dog Eating Contest was the group’s first event. This year’s contest marks the group’s 15th event as an organization. Events such as Vegan Arm Wrestling and Veggie Speed Dating continued the eating contest’s goal of bringing people of all eating orientations together for fun interactions. Involvement with events such as Treasure City Thrift Store’s Recycled Fashion Show and Hands on an Electric Scooter promoted other sustainability values. Events such as 20 Slideshows: 20 Tastes and Acknowledge Me showcased local artistis, crafters, and other model citizens. For more information go to

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