MNN Galleries

9 unbelievable eating contests

By: Josh Lew on July 3, 2014, 2:21 p.m.
Garlic bulbs

Photo: John Hopkins/Flickr

6 of 11

World Garlic Eating Competition

Arguably one of the most challenging (and certainly most pungent) contests is the World Garlic Eating Competition, which is held in Dorset, England. The official event was first held in 2013, with all proceeds benefiting a local charity and the garlic provided by a local farm.

During the event, contestants have five minutes to eat as many cloves of garlic as they can stomach. The 2013 winner put away 49 cloves. The U.S. has various garlic festivals across the country, with some holding their own garlic eating contests.