Pepperoni Roll Eating World Competition Will Be Held Saturday
The title of “Pepperoni Roll Eating World Champion” will again be on the line during the 33rd Annual Three Rivers Festival in Marion County.
For the second year, Major League Eating is sanctioning the ten minute long, all you can eat competition in the city which claims to be the birthplace of pepperoni rolls.
“Big” Brian Subich, age 33, from Johnstown, Pennsylvania will be one of the fifteen eaters competing for a portion of $6,500 prize money at Palatine Park in Downtown Fairmont this year.
He was part of the competition last year and says he was a bit surprised by the Fairmont rolls. “They weren’t like the pepperoni rolls I was used to,“ Subich told MetroNews.
“The ones that I have had have had, like, sandwich pepperoni slices in them. So having them down there in the contest, they had the sticks of pepperoni, so that was unusual for me, and they were difficult to eat.“
Subich says he’ll work through his pepperoni rolls on Sunday by splitting them in half and dunking them in a liquid. “I’ll use a warm tea to help get them down and wash them down with some lemonade, probably, as well,“ he said.
As for his technique, “It’s totally rhythmic. You have to get into a rhythm and feel how you’re doing. So it’s certainly a very complicated process that people don’t understand if you’ve never really done it.“
Last year, Subich says he was not feeling well and that hurt his pepperoni roll consumption numbers. He says he wants to perform better this year and hopes to be able to eat about two dozen pepperoni rolls in ten minutes.
Pat “Deep Dish” Bertoletti from Chicago set the world record in 2011 when he ate more than 30.5 pepperoni rolls within the prescribed time frame.
Two of the best competitive eaters in the world, right now, will be in Fairmont Saturday. They are Eater X Janus from New York, New York, the world champ in tiramisu, and The Notorious B.O.B. from Philadelphia.
Subich, who has been a competitive eater for eight years, is currently ranked #25 in the Major League Eating rankings. When he is not competitively eating, he is an investigator for child abuse cases in Pennsylvania.
“A lot of people think competitive eating is just a bunch of big guys going up there and just shoveling food down their face. But all of us who do this competitively and professionally, we take it very seriously,“ Subich said.
Competition for the Three Rivers Festival Pepperoni Roll Eating World Championship starts at 4 p.m. Saturday at Palatine Park in Fairmont.
The Three Rivers Festival is held each year on Memorial Day Weekend at the point near where the Tygart River, the West Fork River and the Monongahela River meet.