Friday 24 November 2017


7 of Gloucestershire’s toughest man vs food challenges

From taking on chilli chicken wings and beastly burgers to chomping through raw seven-ounce onions, discover seven of the toughest man vs food challenges in Gloucestershire.

SoGlos has searched far and wide to unearth the toughest man vs food contests in the county. And, between hot chicken wings, colossal burgers and 50-ounce steaks, it’s safe to say we have discovered some real whoppers.


1. The Big Ugly Burger

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Once a month, visitors to The Farmers Boy Inn can go one-on-one with The Big Ugly Burger; a twelve-inch piece of prime 100 per cent British beef, covered in Three Virgin’s cheese and sandwiched inside baps made by a local baker.

There have been no winners in 2017 so far, while the first person to beat The Big Ugly was a man named Lee Haynes, in October 2013, who left bystanders open-mouthed after devouring a victory cheesecake too.

Plus, if burgers aren’t your thing, customers can unbuckle their belts and take on its 48-ounce Big Ugly Steak; the 50-ounce Big Ugly Faggot; and the 50-plus ounce Big Ugly Breakfast Challenges.


2. Chilli Eating Fest

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Ready to set taste buds on fire, the Clash of the Titans Chilli Eating contest in Cheltenham will have mouths burning and eye watering on Saturday 3 June 2017 during the first ever Street Chilli Fiesta.

The hotly anticipated event invites dare devils face their fiery fate for the chance to be crowned the Chilli Titan Champion – after signing a wavier!


3. Hot wings challenge


One of the spiciest entrants on the list, Storyteller Restaurant in Cheltenham holds a biannual hot wings challenge to raise funds for charity.

Serving up four courses of wings escalating in hotness for anybody wanting to test their limit, participants must prove they can handle the heat, with a fifth extra hot course tie-breaker at the ready, should it be needed.


4. The Bavarian Bierkeller Belly Buster Challenge

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Catching out plenty of hungry customers with eyes bigger than their bellies, The Bierkeller in Cheltenham confronts its visitors with the Belly Buster Challenge, a mammoth platter consisting of two classic wursts, a pizza, one side, two portions of fries and a giant pretzel, all washed down with a giant goblet of Haus Stein.

Since opening in 2016, the venue has seen two winners, as athlete and postman, Ry Williams, managed to finish the whole lot in just 22 minutes, while Leah Shutkever finished it in a jaw-dropping six minutes 22 seconds!


5. The Flaming Challenge Burger

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While Chambers in Gloucester offers burger, steak and hot chicken wing challenges, it’s The Flaming Challenge Burger that separates the peckish from the ravenous, serving up a mighty burger like no other.

Calling itself the ultimate meat treat, the challenge burger consists of a whopping four 6oz beef burgers, a Southern fried chicken fillet, barbeque pulled pork, cheese slices and crispy bacon. As if that wasn’t enough, this beastly burger is served with a mound of skinny fries.


6. Onion eating competition

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The Newent Onion Fayre will be returning to the town centre on Saturday 9 September 2017 with many allium-inspired shenanigans, including an eye-watering onion eating competition.

Having long been the climax of the fayre, brave participants are challenged to chomp through a five- and seven-ounce onion for women and men respectively, with the quickest winning a trophy and the title of champion onion eater that year.


7. Elver Eating World Championships

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Back for the third year running, The Elver Eating World Championships dares its visitors to take on, the annual challenge.

Contestants will battle to eat as many of the Spanish-sourced elver fish in this unusual event in Frampton-on-Severn on Sunday 10 September 2017.


Do you know of any epic Man vs Food challenges in Gloucestershire, or have you completed any of the above? Let us know in the comments below!


By Sophie Bird

© SoGlos
Tuesday 11 April 2017

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