Austin prides itself in being at the forefront when it comes to cultural experiences. But, as any Austin resident knows, this sometimes means venturing into the land of strangeness. Of course, the unusual little events that are hosted by and within the city are all part of the charm of this amazing city. The annual Veggie Dog Eating Contest is just one more example of how Austin offers more than what can be found in most other cities.
The event is already in its second year running and is held at the Scholz Garden located on San Jacinto. Here, those interested in competing in the contest can enter as either solo competitors or they can enter the doubles category in teams of two. Those that are not interested in competing can come and enjoy the events for a fee of $5. Along with getting to watch the fun, the fee also provides each observer with a free Smart Dogs veggie dog as well as all-you-can-eat NadaMoo ice cream.
“What is more Austin than a bunch of vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores, all alongside each other, gorging themselves on hundreds of soy dogs for the sheer insanity of it?” contestant Tim Kalmbacher asked the KXAN news reporters.