Friday, June 24, 2016

Nathan's Famous Qualifying Circuit Visits Washington, DC on June 25

From our friends at Nathan's Famous...

Local Hot Dog-Eating Champ Wins Trip to July Fourth Finals in Coney Island

Major League Eating will host a local regional qualifier for the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest!

WHAT: The top male and female finishers in this event will qualify for a seat at the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, Brooklyn, on July 4, where they will face reigning champions Matt Stonie and Miki Sudo.

WHEN: 3:30 PM on Saturday, June 25.

WHERE: The event will take place at the Pepsi-Lay’s Sound Stage at the Giant National Capital BBQ Battle on Pennsylvania Avenue between 9th Street, NW and 14th Street, NW. The contest is sponsored by Giant Food of Landover, Maryland.

WHY: In recent years, an estimated 35,000 fans have traveled to the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues in Coney Island to watch the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest in person. The live telecast of the event has consistently attracted millions of viewers since ESPN first aired the contest in 2004. According to legend, the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest has occurred each July 4 in Coney Island, N.Y. since 1916, the year Nathan Handwerker opened the legendary restaurant. Major League Eating, the governing body of all stomach-centric sport, sanctions the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog-Eating Circuit and ensures the contests are judged professionally and that safety standards are in place at each event.

Those interested in competing in the qualifier should visit to obtain information and register. All competitors must be over 18 years of age.

About Nathan's Famous, Inc.:
Nathan's currently distributes its products in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Cayman Islands and nine foreign countries through its restaurant system, foodservice sales programs and product licensing activities. Nathan's was ranked #55 on the Forbes list of the Best Small Companies in America and was listed as the Best Small Company in New York State in October 2013. Last year, over 500 million Nathan's Famous hot dogs were sold. For additional information about Nathan's please visit our website at

About the Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle:
Now celebrating its 24th year, the National Capital Barbecue Battle has become one of the largest and most unique food and music festivals in the country. Celebrating the art of cooking and the joy of eating, the Barbecue Battle offers residents of the Greater Washington area and throughout the east coast the chance to enjoy America’s favorite pastime right here in the Nation’s Capital. For more information on the Barbecue Battle, visit