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The Pacific Park World Taco-Eating Championship

Published on September 18, 2018

How many tacos could you eat in one sitting? Let’s be realistic about it. 5? 10? …126? Competitive eater Joey Chestnut broke the world record for most eaten tacos back in 2017 when he ate 126 tacos in 8 minutes. That’s over 15 tacos a minute!


The reigning champ is putting his skills (and stomach) to the test on Thursday, October 4th when he will try to beat his record at the first ever The Pacific Park World Taco-Eating Championship. His competition will feature up to 15 Major League Eaters from across the nation. Why a competition in the middle of work week? October 4th is National Taco Day! Come watch a new world record be set for the number of Pacific Park street-style carnitas tacos eaten in 8 minutes at 4PM on October 4, 2018th.

Top eating talent will include the #6-ranked Gideon Oji from Morrow, GA, the #8-ranked Adrian Morgan from New Orleans, LA, the #11-ranked Juan Rodriguez from Crestwood, IL, the #20-ranked Erik Denmark from Scottsdale, AZ, the #22-ranked Steve Hendry from Dixon, CA, the #29-ranked Sarah Reinecke from Seattle, WA, and the #49-ranked Mary Bowers from Beverly Hills, CA.


What are they competing for? $5,000 in total combined – the winner takes home half of it! Who will set the world record this time? Will it be you? Eaters nationwide are encouraged to sign up for their chance to compete – find out more information here.


Want to try these infamous tacos without competing in the contest? Pacific Park will be handing out a limited number of $1 taco coupons at the event, so you can taste them for yourself after. Be sure to be a part of the crowd watching this inaugural event!

Major League Eating (MLE), the world governing body of all stomach-centric sports, conducts more than 80 events annually, including the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest in Coney Island, N.Y. The competitive eating community is made up of more than 8,000 veteran and rookie gurgitators who travel the nation in search of top titles and the glory that they provide. For more information, visit, or twitter @eatingcontest.


The Pacific Park 2018 World Taco Eating Championship will be held at Pacific Park on the legendary Santa Monica Pier with a background featuring the world-famous Pacific Wheel Ferris wheel. Rising 130 feet above the Pacific Ocean, the Pacific Wheel has been featured in thousands of films, television shows and commercials, print and online ads and social media posts. Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier is the most Instagrammed location in Los Angeles.