1. Contest will begin promptly at 11:00 am. All contestants must be present and checked in no later than 10:45 am at 1534 State St. in downtown Sarasota, FL.
  2. 1 Round = 3 Minutes
  3. Adult Competitors (13 years and older). Youth Competitors (12 years and younger).
  4. Each contestant will start with a plate of six beignets and will be given additional beignets as needed
  5. Beignets may not be touched or manipulated by contestants prior to start
  6. Nothing may be added to the beignets
  7. Beignets must be eaten with hands (no utensils)
  8. Bottled water will be available for contestants to drink during the competition round
  9. Contestants must finish one "serving" of beignets prior to starting another
  10. Each contestant will be assigned a judge to count the number of beignets consumed
  11. Any beignets that enter the mouth must stay in the mouth
  12. Any reversal during the 3-minute round will result in immediate disqualification
  13. After each 3-minute round ends, a 30-second “Chipmunking Rule” will be enforced — any beignet that remains in the mouth must be cleared (eaten) in 30 seconds
  14. Contestants must show an empty mouth at the 30-second mark (or prior)
  15. If beignet remains in the mouth, contestant will be automatically disqualified
  16. After the 3-minute round ends, a 2-minute “No Reversal Rule” will be enforced (concurrent with the Chipmunking Rule). Any beignets that have been eaten must remain “down" for 2 minutes after the round has ended.
  17. Winners will be decided by the number of beignets consumed in 3 minutes
  18. All judges’ decisions are final

If you have any questions about our Big Beignet Eating Championship, please email or contact:

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Rise Up Cafe
1534 State St.
Sarasota, FL 34236