Rouses Crawfish Eating World Championship

Date: 04/13/2013
Location: New Orleans, LA
Winner: , Crawfish
Total Prizes: $2,000 total cash purse


Rouses Crawfish + New Orleans, LA + The French Quarter Festival = The three best reasons in the English language to pay attention! The Rouses Crawfish Eating World Championship returns for the fourth straight year to the hallowed streets of New Orleans, as part of the French Quarter Festival, a four-day event that draws roughly 400,000 visitors. Do you dare challenge the greatest eaters who have ever walked/rollerskated the planet in one of the most demanding disciplines on the MLE circuit? Yes? Good.

Rouses Markets boils Louisiana crawfish and serves up their famous dish to competitors, who must peel the crawfish to extract the meat during the 10-minute event. At the conclusion of last year’s event, MLE President Richard Shea explained Sonya Thomas’s victory thus:

“Once again, this event boiled down to hand speed and technique—and Sonya is a world-class eater who has never lost a contest in New Orleans. The crowd was huge and they displayed true Southern hospitality, cheering for Sonya as if she were a New Orleanian.”

The Black Widow secured her third straight Rouses Crawfish Cup by edging out Adrian Morgan, a resident of New Orleans, and the top-ranked eater in the great state of Louisiana. Sonya consumed 3 pounds 3 ounces of crawfish meat; Morgan consumed 2 pounds 5 ounces.

“Last year we boiled 35,000 pounds of crawfish, sausage, corn and potatoes,” said Donny Rouse of Rouses Markets, the company responsible for the enormous boil enjoyed by French Quarter Festival goers. “While festival goers are big fans of the Rouses boil, no one person can eat this delicacy faster than Sonya Thomas. Her hand-to-mouth speed is unrivaled.”

That was then. This is now. A new dawn. A new hope. Will there be a new champion? Be there!

This contest will take place at 1pm on Saturday, April 13, 2013, at The French Quarter Festival, outside the Old US Mint, between Barracks and Esplanade Streets in New Orleans, LA.


About Rouses:
Rouses is one of the largest independent grocers in the United States, with 38 stores in two states and 5,500 team members. It has consistently been voted “Best Supermarket,” and “One of the Best Places to Work.” Rouses was founded in 1960 by the late Anthony J. Rouse, Sr. Today it is operated by a second and third generation of the Rouse family.

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*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.