KEY WEST (CBSMiami/FKNB) – Locals and visitors jumped into the “limelight” in Key West for a Key Lime Pie Eatin’ contest during the July 4th weekend.
Tony Mantia of Key West got a face full of whipped cream but triumphed over other contenders in the adult division of the contest, a highlight of the Key Lime Festival.
Entrants were charged with finishing a standard-sized pie, adorned with mounds of whipped cream, faster than their competitors — but without using their hands. They attempted strategies ranging from immersing their faces in whipped cream to tipping over the pie pan and licking up its contents.
“I took it a little slow at first, then I looked at my competition and sucked it down,” said Mantia.
Friday’s pie-eating contest was staged the same day as the unveiling of a Key lime pie measuring 9 feet, 2 inches in diameter, expected to shatter the previous record for the world’s largest Key lime pie.
Believed to have originated in Key West in the late 1800s, Key lime pie was designated Florida’s official pie in 2006 by the state legislature. While preparation methods and even some ingredients vary, few people visit the Keys without sampling at least one slice
The Key Lime Festival concludes Saturday evening after a Key lime pie-making championship and a “Miss Key Lime U.S.A.” pageant.
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