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Gyro Eating Contest Returns at Chicago’s Greektown Festival

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The fun and popular Gyro Eating Contest returns to Chicago on the third and final day of the Taste of Greektown festival on Sunday, August 28th.

Taste of Greektown Festival

The Taste of Greektown festival, now in its thirty-second year, is Chicago’s largest celebration of Hellenic cuisine and culture.

Running from Friday, August 26th through Sunday, August 28th along Halsted Street from Adams to Van Buren, the festival is presented by the Greektown Chamber of Commerce with additional support from Greektown SSA #16.

Organizers point out that the neighborhood’s acclaimed Greek restaurants are the stars of the show along with live music and entertainment, Greek dancing, unique shopping and retail, family friendly activities, and more.

The Greektown neighborhood of Chicago has been the epicenter of the city’s acclaimed Greek dining scene for decades, located along Halsted Street for sixty years.

It still has the largest concentration of Greek restaurants in Chicago, as well as many new establishments, and remains anchored by its celebration of heritage, community, and history.

Many restaurants and retail stores in Greektown are family-owned businesses that have been open for decades.

The contest is open to anyone twenty-one and older. Participation is limited to the first ten individuals who register.

Gyros eating record

The first and second place winners of the 2021 Gyro Eating Contest at Taste of Greektown Chicago each ate twelve and nine gyros respectively while the all-time-record is an unimaginable fourteen gyros consumed within forty-five minutes.
An integral part of Greek gastronomy, gyros are prepared and cooked in a very specific way based on a traditional practice.
The gyro is made of thinly-sliced meat from what looks like a big loaf of meat which rotates vertically and slowly in front of a heated hearth.
Today’s competition will be the 6th Gyro Eating Contest.


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