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North Bend Block Party | Get your fill at Twede’s burger eating contest

  - Allison Espiritu / Snoqualmie Valley Record
— image credit: Allison Espiritu / Snoqualmie Valley Record

Gut-busting burgers are on the menu for North Bend’s downtown Block Party this Saturday, but someone has to order them—someone really, really hungry.

“It’s five pounds of beef, but when it’s all said and done, it’s probably a 10-pound burger,” said Kyle Twede, who is organizing the third annual burger-eating contest for the block party.

The contest pits teams of four against each other in a race to devour one giant cheeseburger with lettuce and mayo, freshly made at Twede’s Cafe. “We give them a bottle of ketchup and mustard, if they need it, to get it down, too,” said Twede.

First, though, he needs six teams to sign up for the event, which has generated a lot of interest, but so far, no registrations. It’s free to enter, and for the team that finishes first, there are bragging rights, “and there’s a nice little piggy trophy at the end,” Twede says.

Competitors in past years have ranged from serious eaters to families of four, but don’t look for them this year.  The team that won last year decided they did their part, and didn’t sign up again, said Twede. “Once you win it, you don’t need to win it again.”

The contest is expected to start around 6 p.m. at the Community Stage. To enter, call Twede’s Cafe, (425) 831-5511, or send e-mail to

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