For the third year a row, men and women will line up at Bethany Blues in Lewes to Defeat the Meat at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, March 4. For the meatiest contest this side of the Indian River Inlet bridge, competitors prepare to eat their weight in pigs on a wing, and face off to take home the title of Biggest Meat Defeater, with a cash prize of $200, pigs on a wing for a year, and a magnificent champion belt adorned with a surfing pig.
Strohm Edwards, general manager for the Lewes location, is looking forward to another year of rambunctious fun during this quirky contest. "If it's one thing we love here, it's a great time," Edwards said, "What could be better than slathering tons of ribs with extra hot sauce and letting people go to town to see who can eat the most?"
For the third annual event, things are really heating up as Bethany Blues welcomes a new element to the competition: a special round for first responders. For an entry fee of $25, 20 local first responders will go head to head to win the proceeds from the entry fee plus a 10 percent donation from the night's sales to their department! Adding to the element of giving is something Bethany Blues organizers love to do, and the winner from the charitable round can, if they choose, re-enter the general competition just minutes later ... if their stomach can take it!
Anyone who is not in shape to consume copious amounts of pigs on the wing may join the crowd in cheering on the first responders and then the next group of anticipated contestants as they eat their way through pans of piggies. Attendees can whoop it up for 13 minutes as eating enthusiasts use various competitive eating techniques to out-eat one another and take home all the glory, plus the sweet prizes.
Whoever reigns victorious will take home $200 cash as well as winning free pigs on the wing for an entire year. They can use that money to buy new pants, since this contest will end up being gut-busting and possibly seam-ripping.
The entry fee is $25, or $15 for VIP members. Registration begins at 5 p.m. To sign up, call 302-644-2500.