The Taste Of Hamburg-er Festival And Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Partner With All Pro Eating For National Hamburger Eating Championship

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The East Coast’s premier hamburger event will crown the National Hamburger Eating Champion on September 1, 2012 during the 9th Annual Taste of Hamburg-er Festival in Hamburg, Pennsylvania.

Hamburg, Pennsylvania celebrates one of the most iconic all-American food items every year...

In what has quickly become one of the most talked about Competitive Eating Championships throughout the East Coast, The Taste of Hamburg-er Festival National Hamburger Eating Championship Presented by Red Robin will crown the National Hamburger Eating Champion on September 1, 2012. The Eating Championship, being held at the 9th Annual event in Hamburg, Pennsylvania, will be officially sanctioned by the World’s most recognized Independent Competitive Eating organization - All Pro Eating (http://competitiveeaters.com/index.html). The event includes a $1,600.00 prize pool and the winners will be awarded trophies and medals to acknowledge their place in the festive sport of Competitive Eating.

Deena Kershner, Taste of Hamburg-er Festival (http://tasteofhamburger.com/) organizer boasts how the festival has grown over the last nine years to include this National event. “The eating competition will top off all of the other activities that will be happening throughout the day. We offer 3 stages of non-stop entertainment, kids activities, a beer and wine garden and a few other burger contests, but nothing comes close to the excitement of hosting the national competition”

“Hamburg, Pennsylvania celebrates one of the most iconic all-American food items every year and the time has come to dedicate this hallowed ground as the location where the 2012 National Hamburger Eating Champion is crowned!” said Todd Greenwald, Chairman of All Pro Eating. “The winner of The Taste of Hamburg-er Festival National Hamburger Eating Championship Presented by Red Robin not only leaves with the delicious taste of Red Robin Gourmet Hamburgers lingering in their mouth but also knowing that they have what it takes to carry on the fanfare and pageantry of this grand title into 2013!”

Several Professional Competitive Eaters have already committed themselves to The Taste of Hamburg-er National Hamburger Eating Championship Presented by Red Robin. Competitive Eating heavy-hitter David “Tiger Wings and Things” Brunelli will take his place at the hamburger pulpit bringing several past Eating Championship titles with him. All Pro Eating’s #3 Ranked Competitive Eater, Will “The Champ” Millender will test his digestive dexterity against #4 Ranked Competitive Eater “Munchin” Mike Longo and #9 Ranked Competitive Eater Joel “The Cannon” Podelsky. Included in the expected line-up is one of the World’s Top Female Competitive Eaters, Stephanie “Xanadu” Torres along with Competitive Eating’s most promising rookies of 2012, Jamie “Bear” McDonald. Several other Competitive Eaters have promised to make history at the first ever sanctioned Taste of Hamburg-er Festival National Hamburger Eating Championship Presented by Red Robin and leave with a triumphant victory. The Taste of Hamburg-er National Hamburger Eating Championship Presented by Red Robin has limited spots available and anyone who is interested in participating can find more information on the All Pro Eating website or by contacting Todd Greenwald vie email at HungryGenius@CompetitiveEaters.com

About THE TASTE OF HAMBURG-ER FESTIVAL: The Taste of Hamburg-er Festival originated in 2003 when the PA Beef Council reached out to Hamburg, PA, a prime location for an event to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the burger. Since then, the Hamburg-er Festival has grown to include three stages of non-stop entertainment, contests and activities for all ages and enough burger choices to make your head spin. In 2011, over 25,000 people attended the one day event held annually on Labor Day Saturday. The festival is organized and overseen by a committee of Our Town Foundation, Hamburg’s Community Revitalization Corporation. More information can be found at http://tasteofhamburger.com/ and http://hamburgpa.org/

About LEHIGH VALLEY RESTAURANT GROUP, INC: Lehigh Valley Restaurant Group, Inc. (LVRG; http://www.redrobinpa.com) is a Red Robin franchise covering the Lehigh Valley, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Philadelphia and Harrisburg regions. Lehigh Valley Restaurant Group, Inc. (LVRG) is a franchise of Red Robin formed in 1991 by former founder and CEO, Stephen J. Hanzlik and a group of his friends. They opened their first Red Robin restaurant in 1993 in at Tilghman Square in Allentown, Pa. During 18 years of operation, LVRG has provided employment, memorable guest experiences and great food to thousands of people. Red Robin was founded on four core values: Honor, Integrity, Continually Seeking Knowledge, and Having Fun. These core values are the foundation of every Red Robin decision from creating its mouthwatering gourmet burgers to hiring energetic team members and even to deciding new restaurant locations. They are also the foundation for how the company treats its team members, guests and communities. Red Robin’s core values can be found embroidered on the sleeve of every team member’s uniform, which serves as a constant reminder of what makes the company unique and special.

About ALL PRO EATING PROMOTIONS: Founded in 2004, All Pro Eating Promotions has sanctioned over 170 major Competitive Eating contests and events throughout the world that showcase “Picnic Style Rules” which were created and developed by All Pro Eating. All Pro Eating Promotions’ “Eatertainers” (event participants) along with their events and contests have been featured in all forms of major world-wide media. All Pro Eating Promotions is also home to the Nation’s only Collegiate Competitive Eating sanctioning body – The National Collegiate Competitive Eating Association (“The NCCEA”). More information can be found at http://www.CompetitiveEaters.com and http://www.TheNCCEA.com

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