The Fresno Tacos World Taco-Eating Championship

Location: Fresno, CA
Date: 07-20-2018
Winner: Geoff Esper, with 73 Tacos in 8 min!

ESPER TAKES TACO TITLE!

Many people are saying that 2018 is the year of Geoff Esper, and well they should. The man from Oxford, MA, took the the 2018 edition of The Fresno Tacos World Taco-Eating Championship with a trademark display of controlled power-eating. He was clean and fast and remained in control for the duration of the contest. His final tally? Some 73 tacos in 8 minutes.

Matt Stonie would take second-place in the event for the second year running. No one is calling him the bridesmaid, and not the bride, of Fresno, because that would be stupid. Stonie ate 65 tacos and engaged in admirable sportsmanship at the end of the event, heartily congratulating Esper on the win. Others ate less.

Full results below. Shout outs to Ray Ortiz and the entire Fresno Tacos/Grizzlies organization, event sponsors La Tapatia, El Mexicano taqueria and the men and women of the 559. Y'all know how to fiesta.

Until next year, Fresno.

FULL RESULTS! 1 Geoff Esper 73 2 Matt Stonie 65 3 Gideon Oji 50 4 Michelle Lesco 45 5 Steve Hendry and Zach Armas 36 7 Pablo Martinez 29 8 Jon Davis 17 9 Scott Rubin 15 10 Jorge Martinez 9

This contest* took place at 8pm on FRIDAY, July 20th, 2018 at the home of the Fresno Tacos and the Fresno Grizzlies, Chukchansi Park, 1800 Tulare St, Fresno, CA 93721!

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*All applicants must be 18 years of age or older and fully acknowledge and understand the inherent dangers and risks associated with participating in an eating contest. The applicant further acknowledges and understands that the MLE/IFOCE coordinates with event sponsor(s) to select and approve eligible participants, and that the MLE/IFOCE shall decide, at its sole discretion, whether an applicant is eligible to participate in any eating event, and/or related activities. The MLE/IFOCE may revoke an applicant's eligibility to participate in the eating contest, or related activities, at any time, for any reason, at its sole discretion. The MLE/IFOCE and the event sponsors reserve the right, at any time, to change any and all details concerning the event, including, e.g., time, duration, location and prize structure.