James wins RSL club’s pie-eating contest

SHARING a desire with many to get sauced on Australia Day, 15 brave participants (above) forked out $5 for Padstow RSL’s Annual Pie-Eating Championship on Friday with Padstow’s James Evangelou (right) the first to down fives pies and a schooner, picking up the pot.

His name will now join two others from previous years on the trophy which reads ‘The Great Aussie Pie-Eating Championship in Memory of Shane O’Donohue’ who started the competition at the club a few years ago.
James said it took him a minute and 50 seconds to gobble up the pies and drink the schooner.
“I just went as fast as I could,” he said with a laugh.
“It was a really fun day and we celebrated into the night; they’re such a great bunch of people at Padstow RSL.”
Thanks also to a free sausage sizzle, Aussie bush band entertainment and 40 large meat tray raffles, the Australia Day celebration was a huge success, according to Padstow RSL Club’s Jo Korch.
“The Pie-Eating competition, made possible due to Vili’s Pies’ sponsorship, attracted so many onlookers with the crowd just getting bigger and bigger every year,” she said.
“It really was super exciting, we had Radio 2GB promoting it in the days leading up to Australia Day and Channel Nine turned up on the day to cover the event.
“It’s really just taken on a life of its own and we’re expecting it to be even more popular next year.”