Joey Chestnut to Compete in Pacific Park World Taco-Eating Championship

World-renowned Major League Eater Joey Chestnut will be competing in the Pacific Park World Taco-Eating Championship. Photos: Courtesy.

World’s fastest eaters to converge in Santa Monica for National Taco Day. 

By Staff Writer

Top Major League Eating (MLE) athletes, including Joey Chestnut, will gather in Santa Monica, for a new event on the national eating circuit: The Pacific Park World Taco-Eating Championship. The competition, to take place at 4:00 P.M. on National Taco Day—Thursday, October 4, 2018, at Pacific Park, on the Santa Monica Pier. The competition will feature up to 15 Major League Eaters from across the nation.

Notably, this inaugural event takes place on “National Taco Day” and will set a new world record for the number of Pacific Park street-style carnitas tacos eaten in 8 minutes.

Participants will attempt to eat as many carnitas tacos in 8 minutes.

“Pacific Park is pleased to host the inaugural World Taco Eating Contest on National Taco Day in the United States while featuring many top competitors in the Major League Eating circuit,” said Nathan Smithson, Marketing and Business Development Manager at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier. “We are thrilled that the contest is getting so much attention and hope this will be the beginning of an annual celebration of LA’s favorite food, the humble street taco.”

The Pacific Park 2018 World Taco Eating Championship will be held at Pacific Park on the legendary Santa Monica Pier with a background featuring the world-famous Pacific Wheel Ferris wheel.

Top eating talent will include world-renowned Joey Chesnut the #6-ranked Gideon Oji from Morrow, GA, the #8-ranked Adrian Morgan from New Orleans, LA, the #11-ranked Juan Rodriguez from Crestwood, IL, the #20-ranked Erik Denmark from Scottsdale, AZ, the #22-ranked Steve Hendry from Dixon, CA, the #29-ranked Sarah Reinecke from Seattle, WA, and the #49-ranked Mary Bowers from Beverly Hills, CA.

“MLE is honored to celebrate National Taco Day, and all those who love tacos, with the first-ever Pacific Park taco-eating contest,” says Major League Eating emcee Sam Barclay. “We fully expect a new world record from this event.”

The first ever Pacific Park World Taco-Eating Championship will take place tomorrow at 4 p.m.

Major League Eating, the world governing body of all stomach-centric sports, conducts more than 80 events annually, including the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest in Coney Island, N.Y. The competitive eating community is made up of more than 8,000 veteran and rookie gurgitators who travel the nation in search of top titles and the glory that they provide. For more information, visit, or twitter @eatingcontest.