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The Hot Dog Eating Contest

Nathan’s Famous hot dogs. The world’s top competitive eaters. Ten minutes to glory. It all goes down on the Fourth of July at the corner of Surf and Stillwell.

Back to Coney!

The 2018 Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest returns July 4th, 2018


10:50a ET – Women’s Competition – ESPN3 / ESPN App

12p ET - Men’s Competition - ESPN2

Men’s competition will also re-air on ESPN2 at 4p and 7:30p ET.

Countdown to 2018


Who Will Claim Hot Dog Supremacy in 2018?

Will the Mustard Belt stay firmly wrapped around Joey Chestnut’s waist, or will it go to Matt Stonie or up-and-comer Carmen Cincotti? On the women’s side: can ANYONE top Miki Sudo?

Anything can happen on the corner of Surf and Stillwell. And we can’t wait to see what these eating legends bring to the table.

So grab a pack of Nathan’s, fire up the grill and watch it live July 4, 2018 on ESPN!

Experience the Contest Live!

You’ve been following the qualifiers. You’ve got the countdown on your phone. What’s next? Making a trip to Coney Island to Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest live!

Join us Wednesday, July 4 at Nathan’s Famous on Coney Island for the festivities.


Coming from the Belt Parkway West; get off at Exit 7B Ocean Parkway.
Go onto Shore Parkway then make a left onto Ocean Parkway.
Ocean Parkway will then turn into Surf Avenue.

Coming from the Belt Parkway East; get off exit 6 Cropsey Ave/Coney Island. Make slight left onto Shore Parkway. Make slight left onto Bay 52nd Street. Make first right on Cropsey. Cropsey becomes West 17th Street, then make left onto Surf Avenue.

Take N, Q, D, F to the Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue Station

B68 to Stillwell Terminal
B82 to Mermaid and Stillwell Ave
B36 to Surf and Stillwell Ave

How to Make the Perfect Hot Dog Nathan's Style

Can’t make it to Coney Island for the big contest? Bring home the Nathan’s Famous original taste and cook up some hot dogs while you watch an American classic unfold.

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A Tale as Tall as 73 Hot Dogs

It all started with a friendly Fourth of July competition. Find out everything about Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest history with these fun facts.

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Chasing the Mustard Belt

The chase for the Mustard Belt is on. Learn all about the eaters, the major storylines, the drama and the lore of the world’s most famous eating contest. Watch our Chasing the Mustard Belt video series.

2017 Champs

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Joey Chestnut

He did it again. The legendary Joey Chestnut polished off 72 hot dogs to set a new Coney Island record and earn his 10th Mustard Belt. Unbelievable!

Fun fact: The former construction manager turned pro eater has made a career out of bulldozing the competition. From hot dogs, to apple pie, to burritos, he holds 40 eating records! The only thing he won’t touch? Kale.

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Miki Sudo

It’s a four-peat for Miki Sudo! She faced stiff competition from Michelle Lesco and Sonya Thomas, but pulled ahead to set a new personal best. Congratulations, Miki!

Fun fact: Joey “Jaws” Chestnut. Matt “Megatoad” Stonie. Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas. Miki Sudo. Of all the elite Nathan’s eaters, she’s the only one without a nickname. “Never have. Never will,” she says. We can respect that.

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