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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Cannolis for the eating contest to mark the start of the 85th San Gennaro festival Cannolis for the eating contest to mark the start of the 85th San Gennaro festival (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

The 85th celebration of the feast of San Gennaro kicked off Thursday with a show of gustatory feats: a cannoli eating contest. Patrick Bertoletti, 26, broke the all time record by eating 32 cannolis in 6 minutes.

Allan
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Allan "The Shredder" Goldstein preparing for the cannoli eating contest that marks the start of the 85th Festival of San Gennaro in Little Italy.

Eaters grabbing a pile of Caffe Palermo cannolis for the eating contest.
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Eaters grabbing a pile of Caffe Palermo cannolis for the eating contest.

One of the newest female competitive eaters, Maria
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One of the newest female competitive eaters, Maria "Edible," who declined to give her last name, at the start of the competition. 

Eric
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Eric "Badlands" Booker, a staple of the competitive eating circuit.

Yasir Salem, 34, from the East Village. He had taken a break from competitive eating for about a year, but is back now.
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Yasir Salem, 34, from the East Village. He had taken a break from competitive eating for about a year, but is back now.

Patrick Bertolli, 26, from Chicago and Eric
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Patrick Bertolli, 26, from Chicago and Eric "Badlands" Booker.

Spectators filled the block at Grand Street and Mott Street to watch the cannoli eating contest.
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Spectators filled the block at Grand Street and Mott Street to watch the cannoli eating contest.

Patrick Bertoletti, the winner, posing for the cameras after his victory. He is number 2 in the competitive eating world, just behind Joey Chestnutt.
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Patrick Bertoletti, the winner, posing for the cameras after his victory. He is No. 2 in the competitive eating world, just behind Joey Chestnut.

Cleaning up cannoli after the contest.
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Cleaning up cannoli after the contest.

Mary Russo missed the contest, but was enjoying a cannoli at her own pace.
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Mary Russo missed the contest, but was enjoying a cannoli at her own pace.

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Comments [3]

Sarah from NYC

How/ where do I sign up?

Sep. 08 2012 05:31 PM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

Whether it's hot dogs or cannoli's, stuffing your face is disgusting. What the heck are we, geese walking down Goose Liver Spread lane?

Sep. 16 2011 08:00 PM
Kate from New York City

Shouldn't it be "cannolo eating contest"? Cannoli is the plural, although Americans use it in the singular (like panini).

Sep. 16 2011 07:46 AM

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