Of course, excessive eating combined with using your Orlando theme park ticket isn’t the best combination, but just take a look at some of these excessive food challenges taking place in the theme park capital. Even looking at them will make you feel hungry (or full)!
Don Shula – The 48oz Porterhouse Steak Challenge
We begin with the mother of all steaks, a task which so many have tried and failed over the years: the 48oz Porterhouse Steak Challenge at Shula's Steak House. While many of us love to enjoy a steak, this is one beefy delight that promises to prove a struggle for even the most ravenous of appetites. All you have to do is eat the steak without any help, with all those who do so inducted into the heralded 48oz Club.
With almost 40,000 members in the club, it’s clear that it is an achievable task. American Taft Parker has taken the challenge to another level, recently consuming his 175th 48oz Porterhouse Steak! Those keen on taking on the Don Shula have been advised to call ahead in advance to ensure they have the steak available.
The Annual Orlando Chilli Cook Off
The next stop on our food-based quest takes us to classic Mexico for tasty bowls of Chilli Con Carne. It’s so popular in Orlando that it holds a dedicated festival every year: The Orlando Chilli Cook Off, offering great fun for the whole family with a huge play area for kids, live bands all day and free chilli samples for all who attend.
The big event is the World Chilli Eating Challenge, where the top five eaters in the world battle it out to be crowned champion. Last year’s encounter was won by Joey ‘Jaws’ Chestnut after he managed to consume a staggering 8.125 gallons (9.6 litres) of chilli in just six minutes. While this event is only open to the professionals, it’s well worth coming along to witness the holy grail of eating contests for yourself.
The next instalment is scheduled for 7 March 2015, so be sure to keep it in your diary. Another reason to come along for the day is that all proceeds benefit the Special Olympics of Florida, and the event has donated more than $175,000 over the last five years.
Beth’s Burger Bar – The Double D Challenge
The burger is considered the staple of American cuisine, with a delicious meat patty encased in a roll often a safe bet on every restaurant menu. For those who like burgers of extraordinary size, The Double D Challenge at Beth’s Burger Bar is waiting to be tackled. Not quite as large as the 48oz Porterhouse steak, all you have to do is eat a 1lb Double Double burger with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles and a couple of slices of American cheese. If you finish the plate without any help, you get a Double D Challenge T-Shirt to take home and show off your triumph.
Teak Neighbourhood Grill – The Challenge
For an even bigger task, only the brave will head on down to the Teak Neighbourhood Grill and take on ‘The Challenge’. Costing a hefty $40, it’s just a case of consuming 2lb of Angus beef, 9 slices each of American, Swiss and Provolone cheese, 24 slices of bacon, 2 mozzarella rounds, onion rings, tomatoes, lettuce and the restaurant chef’s signature bean-less chilli. It’s then topped off with cheddar cheese sauce and some sliced jalapenos. It comes out all stacked up and held together by masses of skewers, showing clearly the daunting task that lies ahead.
P.S. If you don’t fancy taking on The Challenge then try the doughnut burger, pictured above. It’s a firm favourite with locals and visitors because it is so deliciously delicious!
Beaches and Cream Soda Shop – The Kitchen Sink Challenge
It’s time for some ice-cream, a wonderful dessert that never fails to cleanse the palette at the end of your meal. For the ultimate ice cream fix, heading to the Beaches and Cream Soda Shop at Disney World Resort’s Epcot is a decision you won’t regret. It’s the place where you can find the Kitchen Sink, and although it’s advertised as a dish for four people to share, it’s the ultimate sweet test for ice cream gluttons.
Challengers will be faced with an edible mountain made up scoops of vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, coffee and mint chocolate chip ice cream. It’s then topped off with every type of topping they have available, including fudge, butterscotch, banana, whipped cream, cupcakes, marshmallows, brownies, chocolate bars, cookies and more – that’s a lot!
While it doesn’t seem as if they offer any form of prize for the complete consumption, no one can take away your pride! If you have already booked your theme park tickets to Disney World through Attraction Tickets Direct, be sure to stop by the Beaches and Cream Soda Shop with a buddy or two (or three!).
Image Credits: Don Shula, World Chilli Cook Off, Basheer Tome (Flickr.com)