Home Slice Pizza, the independent neighborhood joint serving authentic New York-style slices and pies, will host its 11th annual Carnival O’ Pizza on Saturday, September 24 from noon to 7 p.m. at the iconic South Congress location with all proceeds benefitting Austin Bat Cave. A celebration of Home Slice’s love for all things pizza, this free admission, family-friendly event will be bigger than ever with over-the-top pizza-themed activities and exciting prizes including the chance for one lucky raffle winner to be the only person in the world who can make a reservation at Home Slice for the next year, (applies to both the South Congress location and the North Loop location, opening in 2017).
This year’s thrilling contests of skill include Pizza Stretching, Pizza Tossing, and Pizza Eating, enjoy fabulous music and dancing including hip-hop for kids, break dancers who actually are kids, puppet shows, magicians and so much more.
Carnival O’ Pizza contests include:
- Hands on an Eggplant Sub (a.k.a. H.O.E.S) – In a messier, gooier version of a walk-a-thon, H.O.E.S contestants place a hand on a Home Slice eggplant sub and hold it there as long as they can, and the last one standing wins. Contestants can raise money online for Austin Bat Cave by seeking sponsorship from their network of friends and family. Players who raise more money are awarded perks, like extra bathroom breaks, which can increase their chance at winning. The winner receives free pizza for an entire year.
- Pizza Eating – This contest is simple: get 10 people together and see who can eat the most pizza in 30 minutes. Past bouts have ended in a controversial photo finish and judges weighing contestants’ pizza remnants to determine a winner.
- Dough Throwing
- Pizza Box Folding
For the fifth consecutive year, all proceeds from the event will benefit Austin Bat Cave, an organization that provides free workshops for children to develop and explore their creative writing. Other sponsors for the 2016 Carnival O’ Pizza include RetailMeNot, Real Ale Brewing Co. and Capital Metro.