Vermont is all about healthy living and fresh food, but we love our comfort food as well, so we’ve found some dishes in VT that will challenge your dedication to finishing the job! Sometimes the meal might be free, other times you will be rewarded with bragging rights. In any event, these meals are so huge, they take the word ‘challenge’ to a whole new level.
1. Papa Pete's of Bennington, VT - Home of the Giant Pancakes, 1104 Woodford Road (Route 9 east), Bennington
This place is known for its giant pancakes, but do you think you could handle their "pancake challenge?"
This guy did!
But it's harder than it looks. In this case: Pancakes - 1, Challenger - 0.
2. Handy's Lunch Fan Club,
Can you handle the Chuck Norris at Handy's? This ultimate breakfast sandwich has 5 pieces of french toast, 4 eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, a burger and corned beef!
The prize here is fame and notoriety. Challengers have their picture taken and everyone will know if you finished it...
Or if you didn't. Pictured is Harper from Memphis with his leftovers. Hi Harper! Try again soon, y'all!
3. Rozzi's Lakeshore Tavern, 1022 W. Lakeshore Dr., Malletts Bay
Here is someone who is putting fitness aside to take the Dozer Challenge. Two 1 lb. Beef patties, 8 slices of bacon, 4 slices of cheese and all the fixings, served on a cornbread roll with a large order of fries. It must be eaten in 30 minutes or less to win a free t-shirt and your picture on the wall.
This guy was clearly not up for the Dozer challenge!
4. Bratwurst Eating Contest, Killington Oktoberfest
Can you stomach more brats than anyone else? Head over to this fun festival on October 10th at 2pm for the Brat Eating Contest. The top three champions receive a donation to a charity of their choice in the amount of $300 for first place, $200 for second place, and $100 for third place. Go hungry because those snapping good brats will be going down by the dozens!
5. Our House Bistro, 36 Main Street, Winooski
During Saturday and Sunday brunch you can take on this Hungry Man food challenge: 24 inch cast iron skillet filled with 2 bacon-stuffed waffles baked into a Dutch pancake, 4 eggs your way, double sausage & Canadian bacon, corned beef sweet potato hash and your choice of home fries.
The meal is free if you can finish it by yourself in 45 minutes, plus you get an Our House Hungry Man Champion t-shirt!
6. Blueberry Festival, Okemo Mountain Resort
No blueberry festival would be complete without filling yourself up with a pie eating contest! This year's festival will be on July 24 from 10am-2pm. Go hungry!
7. Big Fatty's BBQ, 186 South Main Street, White River Junction
Who's ready for some BBQ?
Finishing this 2 lb. pork bbq sandwich and 1 lb. of fries in under an hour wins you a free t-shirt and your picture on the wall of fame at Big Fatty's.
8. Champlain Valley Fair, Essex Junction
We all indulge in a bit of the fair food at the Champlain Valley Fair, but can you handle a hot dog eating competition? This year try your luck on Saturday, August 29 at 4pm. Ready, Set, EAT!
9. Three Penny Taproom, 108 Main Street, Montpelier
Every Friday you can take the double burger challenge, which is one pound of beef topped with topped with pickled hots, peanut butter and bacon. The prize here is bragging rights, but you can carry that accomplishment around with you for a lifetime! Think you could eat the whole thing?
Share this with someone who could conquer these meals… or at least be brave enough to try. Bon appetite!