Eating Champion Returns to Central Jersey This Weekend for 9th Annual Competition
Riverfest is returning to Trenton Thunder Ballpark once again this year. The festival happens this Saturday, September 23rd from 12 to 5 P.M.
For the past eight years the Ballpark in Trenton, New Jersey has hosted Case’s Pork Roll Eating Championship. It’s an awesome day for families to play games, listen to live music from local bands, and enjoy delicious seasonal craft beers, and some tasty dishes including Case’s Pork Roll which was founded in Trenton.
There will also be some serious competitive eaters. The day’s finale will be the Ninth Annual Trenton Thunder World Famous Case’s Pork Roll Eating Championship.
Our old friend and #1 eating champ Joey Chestnut is seeking the Pork Roll Eating Champion title this year against Geoffrey Esper. Esper is the current Pork Roll Eating Champion and the #2-ranked competitive eater in the world. Several other top-ranked eaters will be there to attempt victory as well.
At the event last year, Esper ate 44 Case’s Pork Roll Sandwiches in 10 minutes for the win. He also currently holds 20 World Records. Chestnut holds the World Record for eating 61.5 Case’s Pork Roll Sandwiches in 10 minutes in 2019.
“World Champion Eaters will convene in Trenton for an epic competition,” said George Shea, chairman of Major League Eating. “Esper will have to fight to top Chestnut’s World Record of 61.5 Case’s Pork Roll Sandwiches.”
In an interview with Joel and Maryann, Joey Chestnut said he’s always hungry. “I’m always holding back my appetite, and then when I’m on stage I can finally let go.”
Joey also shared his training regimen. He said, “I’m kind of embarrassed how much time I put into it. I do throat exercises, jaw exercises, and weird burping exercises to make sure I can get all the muscles working really quickly and in unison. I practice and I videotape my practices to try and figure out what muscles I need to work on. So I put a lot of thought into it and I’m happy it paid off.”
Check out the full interview from 2021 here:
For tickets and more information on the fun and games happening during the festival, visit RiverfestNJ.com.
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