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Wonderful Pistachios Get Crackin’ Eating Championship Returns to Santa Monica Pier

Published on January 9, 2024

Get ready for the ultimate showdown in competitive eating as the Wonderful Pistachios Get Crackin’ Eating Championship returns to Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier on World Pistachio Day, February 26th, 2024.

This year’s event promises to be even more thrilling, with legendary Joey Chestnut set to return and face reigning champion Nick Wehry for a spectacular display of speed, skill, and pistachio-cracking prowess.


Wonderful Pistachios Get Crackin’ Eating Championship


11 AM


Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier


Last year’s inaugural event set the bar high, but the 2024 championship is poised to surpass it with an incredible lineup of the world’s best competitive eaters. These athletes will go head-to-head in a nail-biting, eight-minute battle to see who can consume the most Wonderful Pistachios, testing not just their eating speed but also their dexterity in cracking open these delicious nuts.

The Wonderful Pistachios Get Crackin’ Eating Championship is more than just a competition; it’s a celebration of America’s #1 Nut®. Set against the picturesque backdrop of the Pacific Ocean, the event offers a perfect blend of competitive spirit and family-friendly entertainment. Spectators can expect a day filled with excitement, energy, and, of course, plenty of pistachios.

Attendees will have the opportunity to witness history in the making as they cheer on their favorite eaters in this one-of-a-kind event. Whether you’re a die-hard fan of competitive eating or simply looking for an enjoyable way to spend your day, the Wonderful Pistachios Get Crackin’ Eating Championship is an event you won’t want to miss.

Join us at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier for a day of high-energy competition, family fun, and a celebration of all things pistachio. It’s sure to be a shell-crackin’ good time!

$10,000 TOTAL PRIZE PURSE! 1st $5,000 2nd $2,500 3rd $1,250 4th $600 5th $300 6th $200 7th $100 8th $50

The contest will take place at 11AM PST on Monday, February 26th, 2024, at the Pacific Park, 380 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401!

About Wonderful Pistachios

Wonderful Pistachios is the world’s largest vertically integrated pistachio processor and marketer. Located in California’s Central Valley, our nuts are Non-GMO Project Verified, providing a smart, healthy choice for consumers around the world. Our nuts can be found in stores nationwide and online under the flagship brand, Wonderful ® Pistachios. For more information visit, or follow us on Instagram, Facebook , and TikTok.

Wonderful Pistachios is part of The Wonderful Company, a privately held $5 billion company that also has iconic brands such as Wonderful®, Halos®, FIJI® Water, POM Wonderful®, JUSTIN® Wine, and Teleflora ®.

For news and results to all Major League Eating Contests, follow @eatingcontest


*All applicants must be 18 years of age or older and fully acknowledge and understand the inherent dangers and risks associated with participating in an eating contest. The applicant further acknowledges and understands that the MLE/IFOCE coordinates with event sponsor(s) to select and approve eligible participants, and that the MLE/IFOCE shall decide, at its sole discretion, whether an applicant is eligible to participate in any eating event, and/or related activities. The MLE/IFOCE may revoke an applicant’s eligibility to participate in the eating contest, or related activities, at any time, for any reason, at its sole discretion. The MLE/IFOCE and the event sponsors reserve the right, at any time, to change any and all details concerning the event, including, e.g., time, duration, location and prize structure

Feature image courtesy of @wonderfulpistachios