- Title: ISRAEL: HUMUS, PIZZA EATING COMPETITIONS TAKE PLACE IN TEL AVIV.
- Date: 24th August 2004
- Summary: (L!2)TEL AVIV, ISRAEL (AUGUST 24 2004) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) WIDE OF HUMUS FESTIVAL VARIOUS OF HUMUS BEING PREPARED VARIOUS OF PEOPLE EATING HUMUS WINNER OF HUMUS MAKING COMPETITION BEING CROWNED
- Embargoed: 8th September 2004 13:00
- Location: TEL AVIV. ISRAEL
- Country: Israel
- Topics: Entertainment,Industry,Quirky,Light / Amusing / Unusual / Quirky
- Reuters ID: LVAC59VV9R4VKYUO6VRVLYQDSTKZ
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- Story Text: Tasty but not tasteful: Israel celebrates summer with eating competitions It might be tasty, but not necessarily tasteful.
Struggling under the sweltering heat of the Israeli summer, contestants in Tel Aviv lined up this week to hold a pizza eating competition.
Seven finalists were given ten minutes to eat as much cold pizza as they could. And the spectacle was hardly the most appealing one. Once the start was given, they rushed to their dishes, cramming cold fragments of dough, cheese and tomato paste into their mouths.
The winner was a man called Hezi Meiri who managed to swallow a total of two metres of standard pizza before the final bell sounded.
The secret of Mr Meiri's success? To soften up the pieces of pizza by dunking them into a glass of water, making them easier to swallow.
But it probably won't make his indigestion any the easier to deal with.
On a slightly more classy note, Israel held its annual humus festival this week, a gathering to honour the traditional dish of crushed chickpeas which is the hallmark of most Eastern Mediterranean countries.
Record crowds turned out to gobble the brown spicy paste and organisers hoped to at least equal the 27 tonnes of the stuff that were slurped up last year.
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