RibMania VIII at Ribfest Chicago XIX

Date: 06/09/2017
Location: Chicago, IL
Winner: Gideon Oji, with 4.06lb of ribs in 8 Min!, Ribs
Total Prizes: $4,000 total prize purse


World, know this: On Friday, June the 9th, you want to be at Ribfest Chicago—that great city's annual celebration of the many benefits of living a rib-centric, rib-focused lifestyle. More pointedly for Major League Eaters, you will want to be on the Chicago Reader stage at 6pm for RibMania VIII at Ribfest Chicago XIX. RibMania at Ribfest Chicago has long used Roman numerals to mark the passage of the event, year upon year; for the uneducated Visigoths and Gauls among you, this year’s event is RibMania 8 at Ribfest Chicago 14. But try the Roman numerals, at least in conversation. It’s fun. Needless to say, Major League Eaters from near and far are warmly invited to sign up to compete in this Championship event.

Last year's event—RibMania VII at Ribfest Chicago XIX, Adrian “The Rabbit” Morgan logged his first win at the event in a display of focused, controlled powerhouse eating. Final tally: 2.951lb of meat in eight minutes of sanctioned competition. He would edge the #1-ranked female eater in the world, Ms Miki Sudo, by just two ounces of succulent rib meat.

But that was last year. This is this year. We have reached the end of history and there is little point looking our shoulders any more. Onward. Forward. To Chicago’s bucolic north side in late spring. To RibMania VIII at Ribfest Chicago XIX. At the table or in the crowd—don't you ever miss it!

1. Gideon Oji, 4.06lb of rib meat in 8 Min!
2. Miki Sudo, 3.95lb
3. Michelle Lesco, 3.8lb
4. Adrian Morgan, 3.675lb
5. Juan Rodriguez 3.45lb
6. Sophia DeVita 2.66lb
7. Andrew Kogutkiewicz 2.34lb
8. Mr Matthew Raible 1.99lb

This contest took place at 6pm Central, on FRIDAY June 9, 2017 at the Chicago Reader Stage at 4185 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL, as part of the 19th Annual Ribfest Chicago Festival!

About Ribfest Chicago!

Celebrating its 19th summer, Ribfest Chicago has been featured on Food Network’s “Eating America, with Anthony Anderson”, included as one of the 10 best fests by USA Today and was voted three years running as the Best Food Festival in the Chicago Reader. In 2017 we will be serving up more smokin’ music and barbecue as we cook up Chicago’s favorite food and music festival.

From humble beginnings in a local parking lot, Ribfest has grown from a two-day, three-block party to three-night, five-block event, hosting more than thirty Chicagoland rib and non-rib vendors. The quality of entertainment has made Ribfest an internationally-recognized music festival that hosts premier touring bands. But despite its impressive growth and success, the fest has maintained its neighborhood feel.

It’s no wonder that Ribfest Chicago remains one of the city’s best summer attractions.

Please note: This contest is restricted to participants aged 18 and over.

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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.