Michael Harthorne
Lutefisk Eating Contest contestants Sam and Keith face off at the Ballard Seafood Fest July 25.

VIDEO: Lutefisk Eating Contest


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This year's Ballard Seafood Fest may have hit its peak at early in the weekend.

That's because at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday, 10 brave contestants took the stage to compete in the annual Lutefisk Eating Contest.

Lutefisk is a Scandinavian dish in which fish is soaked in lye until it takes on a gelatinous consistency. It is incredibly pungent and definitely an acquired taste.

Festival-goers packed Bergen place to catch a glimpse of the gastric feat. Sounds of simultaneous disgust and encouragement filled the air.

This year's competition consisted of three rounds. The five contestants who were able to eat a pound of lutefisk quickest were sent on to the second round.

The three who conquered the second-round's half-pound of fish first went on to the championship round.

The final round, consisting of contestants Dora, Keith and Sam, featured slightly more than a half-pound of lutefisk.

After a photo finish and some deliberation, the judges declared Keith the winner over Sam. But both were awarded cash prizes.

Did the judges make the right call? Watch the video and decide for yourself.

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