Pie Eating Contest
WE ALL love a food-scoffing contest, and this one has even has a vegeterian version. The annual World Pie Eating Championship is usually held at Harry’s Bar on Wallgate, Wigan, Greater Manchester, England and has been held since 1992. In 2006, a vegetarian version was added after ‘‘ relentless pressure’’ from the Vegetarian Society. In the 2007 competition, entries included a competitor’s dog, Charlie, who had eaten 20 pies and damaged a further 10 the night before the competition, nearly jeopardising the event. Controversy has struck the competition on numerous occasions when imported pies were used, with competition rules changed to meet Government healthy eating guidelines and it became a race to eat a single pie in the fastest time, rather than the most pies in a given time and in 2006 when the competition actually ran out of pies before the time was up.