|Denis Jeong Plaster|
|From last year's Diamond Dog Eating contest|
Yesterday marked the Depot Tavern's third annual Diamond Dog Eating contest. Participants were challenged with taking down as many pepper bacon-wrapped, pretzel bun-encased, 1/4-pound beauties as they possibly could in the span of 10 minutes. The rules were simple and few: No restroom trips, no vomiting, and beverages are allowed.
This year, six contestants bravely stepped up to the plate, but only one walked away with the top prize of 10 pairs of tickets to First Avenue shows, a $50 gift card to the Depot, and a platinum-level membership to First Avenue.
Eric "Silo" Dahl, a big-time competitive eater and last year's reigning Diamond Dog champ, took down 12 dogs in 10 minutes, beating the record (which he previously held) of 10 dogs. Dahl worked up an appetite by running his very first 5K race the morning of the contest.
Just weeks ago, Dahl completed a 54-by-54-inch, 50-pound pizza eating challenge with a team of five other competitive eaters. Among other impressive stats, Dahl has also eaten 9.5 pounds of lutefisk in just six minutes, setting the record for the National Lutefisk Eating Championship held in Spring Grove, Minnesota.
300 S. Washington Ave., Minneapolis, MN