$8 for Admission to 2011 World Chili Eating Championship and Performance from Ed Kowalczyk of Live ($16 Value)

Downtown - Penn Quarter - Chinatown

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Professional & amateur eaters battle for cash prizes over plates from Ben's Chili Bowl & Ed Kowalczyk of Live performs a concert

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Promotional value expires Oct 9, 2011. Amount paid never expires. May buy multiple as gifts. Redeem on day of show for admission at Taste of DC box office. Refundable only on day of purchase. Discount reflects Taste of DC current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Competitive eaters are judged according to how much they eat, much like how Olympic curlers are judged by how many ringlets they have. Cheer on gastro-athletics with today's Groupon: for $8, you get one afternoon admission to see the World Chili Eating Championship and a performance from Ed Kowalczyk of the band Live at Taste of DC on Sunday, October 9 (a $16 value).

Local amateurs and professional eaters gear up for stomach-to-stomach combat, competing for cash prizes and spooning up plates from Ben's Chili Bowl in front of a crowd of up to 6,000 spectators. At 12:35 p.m., major-league eaters Joey Chestnut and Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas will face the field armed only with a standard-issue plastic spoon to fight for the right to add extra notches onto their championship belts. Fans can stick around for the rest of the afternoon session to see Ed Kowalczyk of Live take the stage and belt out an alt-rock soundtrack for festival-goers savoring choice recipes from area kitchens.

The Taste of DC once again sets Pennsylvania Avenue abuzz with the festive hubbub of more than 60 local restaurants and vendors offering tastes of signature dishes, including Ping Pong Dim Sum, Medium Rare, BGR, Sushi Rock, Lincoln, Cafe Bonaparte, Luke's Lobster, and Amsterdam Falafelshop. Attendees can purchases booklets of tickets ($15 for 10 tickets, not included in this Groupon) to sample Co. Co. Sala's four-cheese bacon mac 'n' cheese, striped with chocolate-covered bacon (two tickets), or the chocolate-onyx parfait's stratified layers of dark-chocolate mousse, vanilla crème brûlée, salted caramel, and crumbly dark-chocolate brownies (two tickets). Pours from more than 60 wineries and craft breweries complement every entree, dessert, and impromptu recitation of the Gettysburg Address.

Taste of DC has many more Groupon-featured acts scheduled this weekend, including Rusted Root, Styx, and Big & Rich.

Customer Reviews

It was fun and we enjoyed tasting the wine and beer. It was a beautiful day and neat to look up at the Capitol while we were trying the areas finest foods. Bring lots of money for lots of fun! Each vendor was from $4 to $12 depending on the dish.
Lisa B. · November 29, 2016
Really enjoyed the food and drinks. Only downside was LONG lines
Sandra J. · November 19, 2016
Really fun day. All the food trucks had great options and there was an impressive turn out.
Christine L. · November 18, 2016
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    Downtown - Penn Quarter - Chinatown

    Pennsylvania Ave. NW & 12th St. NW

    Washington, District of Columbia 20004

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