Recap: Doughnut Eating Contest at Hester Street Fair

Posted on: October 11th, 2010 at 10:40 am by

10-10-10 was a day full of events and activities at the Hester Street Fair.  There was everything from live music and vendor bakeoffs to doughnut eating contests, and a chef on premises offering free samples of her products. The highlight of the afternoon was the First Annual Hester Street Fair Doughnut Eating Contest courtesy of the nearby Doughnut Plant.  It wasn’t quite the level of the dumpling contest two weeks ago, but it definitely drew a large crowd.

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The event consisted of three rounds, six contestants per round, and one doughnut dangling from a string for each to scarf down.  While in pursuit of victory, all contestants were forced to keep hands wrapped firmly behind their backs.  The winner received a bag of groceries from the local Greenmarket.  As a participant in the contest, I can honestly say that it was much harder eating the doughnut off a string then it looks. Plus, those doughnuts are so dense! Apple cinnamon, chocolate, and pumpkin were the flavors of choice.

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Chef Linda Kubit of Light and Savory was also on hand with her vegetable displays.   Kubit normally has a booth at the fair, but decided this week to distribute free samples of her vegetable spreads served on sliced apples and zucchini.  Her spreads included her signature roasted red pepper hummus and Thai black bean spread with onions, garlic and red peppers.  “I am just giving people different ideas how to eat raw vegetables,” said Kubit.  “It’s best to eat vegetables raw, but cooked vegetables are also good for you.”  And there are obvious health benefits to eating greens. Kubit went on to say that “zucchini helps to reduce blood pressure.”

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The fun continues next Saturday October 16 as the Grub Street Food Festival, presented by New York Magazine and Grub Street comes to the Hester Street Fair.  There will be live music provided by Santos Party House.

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Written by Andrew Cohen

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