The 7th Annual Carnival O’ Pizza has come and gone, and as usual we packed just about as much fun as we could possibly have into 7 hours. There were contests, games, dancers, marching bands, artists, countless activities, and of course…. PIZZA!! While just about everyone who came through the midway had the pleasure of enjoying a slice or two, there were a handful of folks who got just a little bit more full than the rest.
The Extreme Pizza Eating contest proved to be just as heated and disgusting as usual, and in a twist of fate, we actually had our very first tie!
Yes, history was made as Chris “Chompy” Floyd and Randy Harrison consumed exactly the same amount (almost 2 large pizzas) in 30 minutes, resulting in both guys receiving the sweet reward of free pizza for a year! This is Randy’s second consecutive victory, and an incredible 5th title for Chompy!!
In a slightly less slobbery spectacle, pizza makers from local pizzerias squared off against our kitchen crew in challenges to throw not only the largest pizzas, but to make pizzas as quickly as possible. Taking the cake (ahem… pie) in this year’s size competition was Sergio from Austin’s Little Deli throwing a pie that was an incredible 38.5 inches in diameter, way to go Sergio!! In the blinding speed competition, Rockland from Austin’s Mellow Mushroom took down his competitors throwing 3 pies in an incredible 58 seconds!
As the evening cooled down, the competition heated up as the masters of endurance in our Hands on an Eggplant Sub (HOES) contest powered through the day. People came and went, bands played, dough was thrown, massive amounts of pizza was consumed, and the constant throughout the entire day was a small group of die-hards holding onto a 3-foot eggplant sub for dear life. In a shorter contest than years past, Chad Garyet took home the title as the last person standing after just over 16 hours. Chad is the proud recipient of a year’s worth of free pies, and has quickly become Home Slice’s most eligible dinner mate.
The finale of the day was our grand prize raffle drawing. Among countless prizes raffled throughout the day, one lucky person became the most eligible dinner mate (sorry, Chad forgot you have a girlfriend) at Home Slice. Pacifico Gouge became the only person on earth who can make a reservation at Home Slice this year. Unfortunately, kids, we can’t share his digits with you, but if you see him out and about, you may want to buy him a drink or something.
While we crowned many champions at the Carnival, the real winners of the day were the kids supported by our awesome charity, Austin Bat Cave. We are so proud to say that the Carnival O’ Pizza raised 19,000 dollars to help this incredible organization. The efforts put forth by the ABC team to help kids are mind-blowing, and we are truly honored to play a small role in the wonderful things that they do.
Of course, the Carnival would never be possible without our sponsors:
And most importantly, none of this happens without all of you, and your incredible dedication to Home Slice and your community. We are sincerely humbled and grateful beyond words to serve you. Until next year, keep your parm shakers high and your wine glasses full!!!!
American Way magazine’s February issue has a nice write up on the 2011 eating contest from the Carnival O Pizza. 4 time winner Chris Floyd was back to attempt to take back his title from Porkchop Chedsey, but neither went home the champion.
Holy cannoli, there are a bunch of cool videos on the web we didn’t even know existed. But exist they do! From past Music by the Slice performances to Canrnival O’ Pizza videos to fan footage.
Movits! performs “Sammy Davis Jr.” at Music by the Slice 2010.
Jason Lytle performs “Brand New Sun” at Music by the Slice 2009.
Relive Chris Floyd winning the 2009 pizza eating contest.
Say Hi performing “Northwestern Girls” at Music by the Slice 2009.
Theo and his jazzy toss.
A montage of Shepard Fairey installing a large art piece on the side of More Home Slice Pizza during Music by the Slice 2009.
Lou Barlow performing Skull(Seabadoh) solo at Music by the Slice 2010.
Chris Floyd has won our pizza eating contest three years running now at our Carnival O’ Pizza and he plans to do the same. Shauna sat down with Chris to find out more about this man of mystery.
How many food eating competitions do you enter a year? What else have you won?
2009 has been a fun year of eating for me. I entered a pie eating contest at Sugar Mama’s bakery, a cup cake eating contest at Austin’s inaugural Cup Cake Smackdown, an ice cream eating contest at the Ice Cream Festival, and a pizza eating contest at Emo’s. With the exception of the ice cream, I came out victorious in each of these contests. Previous to this year, I’ve also won contests involving chicken fired steak, brisket, and chicken wings. Last year, I was in a regional qualifier for the Nathan’s Hot Dog Easting Contest at Coney Island, but I fell a few hot dogs short of qualifying for the 4th of July contest.
You’ve had 3 years of free Home Slice pizza, what’s been your favorite combo?
That’s a very tough question. If I had to pick one Home Slice pizza for the rest of my life, I might go with meatball, pepperoni, fresh mozzarella, green pepper, onion, artichoke heart, and basil. That being said, a number of the highlight pies over the past three years have ventured away from the traditional toppings by including pears and/or cherry peppers. It’s tough to choose, and if you asked me tomorrow, the answer might be a little different. Being able to have complete freedom of choice on endless topping combinations is a beautiful thing.
How many Home Slice pizzas do you think you’ve eaten in the last few years?
As of November 19, my guests and I have enjoyed 212 free pizzas. I have each pizza (and who I ate it with) documented in my personal pizza ledger.
What is your training regimen?
I’ve definitely stepped up my Home Slice pizza consumption over the last few weeks, and I have two more official time trials scheduled before December 5th.
How much street cred has being the H.S. champ given you?
On a few occasions, I’ve been out around town when strangers have come up to out of nowhere with “Hey, Pizza Guy.” My friends often introduce me to others as “The Home Slice Pizza Eating Champ”, and inevitably, a series of questions soon follows. People love to hear all about it.
What was your first food eating contest? How old were you when you realized that you were interested in feats of gastronomic agility?
One summer when I was 13 or 14, a bunch of the neighborhood kids and I walked up to the pizza place by our house to see who could eat the most pizza. I ended up putting down 27 slices to narrowly beat out my older brother, and that’s when I knew I had something. The victory was sweet, but the walk home was not a comfortable one. Some of those same guys I ate against almost twenty years ago are coming down from Dallas to cheer me on as part of what is sure to be the biggest crowd Home Slice has ever seen. Some other good friends are making the trip from Shreveport, and one of my buddies who lives in Columbia, Missouri is considering the trip down to Austin as well. Every time I hear about another friend who is planning on coming out to the contest, I get even more motivated to perform well – as if the potential to eat Austin’s best pizza for free for another year wasn’t already motivation enough.