World Champion eater to compete at Tivoli Fest May 27th


May 5th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Officials with Major League Eating (MLE) in New York, Friday, announced World champion Matt Stonie will compete with other top competitive eaters at the first-ever Annual Tivoli Fest World Æbleskiver (pronounced “Able-skeever“) Eating Championship sanctioned by MLE, on May 27 at 2-p.m., during Tivoli Fest, held in downtown Elk Horn, Iowa, known as the largest rural Danish Settlement in the United States.

Æbleskiver are a type of round pancake cooked in a special stove-top pan with half-spherical molds. The center is soft and fluffy and the crust is crisp and browned. Originating in the country of Denmark, they can be served with powdered sugar, topped or filled with jam or maple syrup or rolled in sugar. Competitive eaters will seek to set a new world record in the æbleskiver discipline.

MLE emcee Sam Barclay says “Everyone knows Tivoli Festival is the spiritual home of Danish culture and aebleskiver consumption in these United States. The world’s greatest eaters are headed to Elk Horn, IA, with one thing on their minds—to set the record at the world’s first sanctioned aebleskiver-eating Championship.”

Tivoli Committee Member Logan Veath said “It’s such an amazing event to have people from all over the country come to the rural Danish Capital of the United States.  We look forward to welcoming them to Iowa. We are very excited to watch world-class competitors eat our Danish Æbleskiver and find out who will be the World Champion.”

Other top eating talent will include the #6-ranked Gideon Oji, the #8-ranked Adrian Morgan, the #10-ranked Juan Rodriguez, the #12-ranked Yasir Salem, the #32-ranked Sophia DeVita and the #36-ranked Matthrew Raible.

Tivoli Fest is the annual Danish American festival in the Danish Village of Elk Horn, Iowa, the largest Danish rural settlement in the USA. It is a celebration of Danish American culture, traditions and foods. New this year is the 1st Annual Tivoli Fest World Æbleskiver Eating Championship. Tivoli Fest is a wonderful experience which includes a parade, folk dancing, live bands, 5k run,Vikings, exhibits, fireworks, beer garden, Scandinavian entertainment, and you can enjoy Danish food such as Æbleskiver, Smørrebrød, and Medisterpølse. Be sure to tour the only working Danish Windmill in the United States along with the Museum of Danish America. This unique celebration provides a variety of fun opportunities for the whole family. Join us Memorial Day Weekend, May 26th to 28th 2017.

About Major League Eating:

Major League Eating (MLE), the world governing body of all stomach-centric sports, conducts more than 80 events annually, including the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest in Coney Island, N.Y. The competitive eating community is made up of more than 8,000 veteran and rookie gurgitators who travel the nation in search of top titles and the glory that they provide. For more information, visit, or twitter @eatingcontest.