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Oktoberfest Zinzinnati World Bratwurst-Eating Championship

Location: Cincinnati, OH
Date: 09-19-2021
Winner: Joey Chestnut, with 68 3.2oz brats in 10 minutes


Great news, people! Great news! Major League Eating is proud to announce the return of the Oktoberfest Zinzinnati World Bratwurst-Eating Championship to our 2021 circuit. Major League Eaters are warmly encouraged to sign up for the chance to compete in this true legend of the MLE calendar. Brats. Zinzinnati. It’s an experience like no other. Real talk.

At the 2018 event, Joey Chestnut—the #1-ranked eater in the world, like you don't know—ate 65.5 Brats in 10 minutes to remain undefeated at the event. That victory marked his ninth straight, the first dating back in 2010.

Will it be you who ends Chestnut’s streak, grab the title, take the money and run? Will you eat less than the winner but enjoy the experience knowing that you did your best and that’s all anyone can ever ask? Do you simply want to see the best in the world do what they do so well? This is the Oktoberfest Zinzinnati World Bratwurst-Eating Championship at the legendary Oktoberfest Zinzinnati Festival! At the table or in the crowd—don't you ever miss it!

FULL RESULTS! 1. Joey Chestnut 68 2. Miki Sudo 66 3. Nick Wehry 51.5 4. Gordon Hazzard 43.5 5. Bartley Weaver 34 6. George Chiger 30 7. Derek Jacobs 29 8. John Gebhard and Cameron LaFleur 15

This contest took place at 4pm on Sunday September 19, 2021, on the Braxton Bier Garten Stage, located at the corner of Third and Walnut Streets, in downtown Cincinnati, OH!

About Oktoberfest Zinzinnati! Oktoberfest Zinzinnati®—The Biggest Oktoberfest on the Planet—is back, with longer hours and an extra night of zelebration! The event, presented by Samuel Adams, will now open one day earlier and stay open one hour later, Thursday evening, Sep. 16 through Sunday, Sep. 19.

“Our community is roaring back, and Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is making its return in a big way,” said Jill P. Meyer, president and CEO of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, producer of Oktoberfest Zinzinnati. “Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is one of our region’s best loved traditions and we’re excited—for our all of us—to eat, drink and dance together again.”

“Cincinnati’s sister city, Munich, is the original and the world’s largest Oktoberfest. As that tradition is not happening in 2021, Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is going to borrow the title of ‘Biggest Oktoberfest on the Planet,’” said Cynthia Oxley, director of Oktoberfest Zinzinnati. “With an extra night of reveling and extended hours each evening, the party is going to be even bigger.”

First held in 1976, Oktoberfest Zinzinnati has grown to be America's largest Oktoberfest. The celebration of German food, beer, music, and traditions is held on Second and Third Streets in downtown Zinzinnati. Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is presented by Samuel Adams and produced by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber.

About the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber grows the vibrancy and economic prosperity of the Cincinnati region. It does this by serving as a bold voice for the interests of its 4,000-member businesses and their more than 300,000 employees. The Chamber is committed to expanding the region's talent base by attracting new residents and finding new ways to connect employers to skilled workers. And, by harnessing the power of Cincinnati USA’s unique offerings, implementing regional vision, and through intentional inclusion in everything we do, the Chamber is on a path to help transform this region into the hottest city in America. For more information, visit

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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.

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