Category Archives: Food challenges

River Festival makes national food magazine

Funnel cake fryers: Be on alert.

My friend Liz recently made me aware that a national publication had recognized the Wichita River Festival’s funnel cake-eating contest, a disturbingly fascinating festival attraction that’s scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday on the main food court stage.

Food Network Magazine’s June 2013 issue includes an article about eating competitions going on across the country this summer. The article recognizes face-stuffing-fests such as the brat eating contest in Sheboygan, Wisc.;  a mashed potato eating contest in Barnesville, Minn.; and a lobster-eating competition in Portland, Maine. (That one I’d consider.)

James Bradley Price II, the very first winner of the very first Wichita River Festival funnel cake eating contest, back in 2009

The funnel cake eating contest, a River Festival tradition since 2009, is hard to watch and even harder to win. The winner has consumed the most funnel cakes in a 10-minute period. I watched once, and that was enough. On the inaugural year, winner James Bradley Price II managed to consume only three and a half of the deep-fried delicacies.

Wanna participate? You can sign up at the festival at the KGSO booth from 5 to 7 p.m. today (Monday) and from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

For more information, call the festival at 316-267-2817.

Radio guys vs. Fat Tony’s giant burger

The Bobby Bones crew. Carlos is on the far left, and Lunchbox is on the far right.

Two of the personalities from the nationally syndicated Bobby Bones Show will spend Saturday in Wichita, and one of their planned activities is giant burger consumption.

I’ve told you about the food challenges offered at Fat Tony’s, the sports bar at 417 E. Douglas . Recently, I watched as blog reader Frank White tried, unsuccessfully, to prevail in the restaurant’s nuclear wing challenge.

On Saturday, Carlos and Lunchbox, two of Bobby Bones’ radio sidekicks, will visit Fat Tony’s to check out the restaurant’s burger challenge, which requires an individual to consume a 10 lb. burger with all the fixings plus a pound of fries in 45 minutes. Those who do get the $34.99 meal for free. No one has ever successfully completed this challenge.

The radio guys, smartly, don’t think they can, either. So they’re going to split the burger and see which one of them can finish it first. They’re inviting fans to come to the restaurant and watch — or take the challenge themselves. They’ll be at Fat Tony’s from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday. (Those who want to participate in the challenge need to sign up today by calling 316-303-9316.)

After that, they’re going to the Wichita Wingnuts game and then will be meeting fans from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Doc Howard’s Lounge, the nightclub owned by the Fat Tony’s folks at 252 N. Mosley.

The Bobby Bones show is broadcast out of Austin and airs on radio stations across the country. In Wichita, it airs at weekdays from 6 to 10 a.m. on Channel 96.3.