This strange trick helped bacon-eating champion to victory
WHEN Ben Wienert won the inaugural BaconFest bacon-eating competition last year, very few knew just how remarkable his accomplishment was.
It's not every day a former vegan raises their hand in victory at a bacon-eating competition.
But that is exactly what happened.
"I guess I was ready to get back on the bacon train,” he said.
Last year's victor is now happily living in Sydney with bis wife and 10-day-old baby, so he will not be available for this year's greasy feast.
But there is good news for anyone wanting to follow in the culinary crusader's footsteps - Mr Wienert has graciously agreed to pass on his superior bacon-eating skills.
He encouraged people of all ages to roll up their sleeves and get involved.
"You don't have to be a food monster to win,” he said.
While he did not have any insights into this year's competition, Mr Wienert said he couldn't think of a good reason not to enter last year's event.
"We heard there wasn't any cost,” he said.
"Worst case was we get to eat some bacon.”
The bacon-belching Mr Wienert had one unusual tip to share with this year's competitors.
Before he went into the bacon-eating competition, he ate some bacon.
"I had eaten a bacon burger beforehand,” he said.
"So maybe get some practice in beforehand on the day.”
Last year's grand prize was a supply of two kilograms of Queensland bacon each month for 12 months.