By Kathryn G. Menu
Sunday afternoon was crisp and clear in Sag Harbor — ideal weather for the second day of the annual HarborFest celebration. But for six brave souls it was also a chance to stretch their eating skills (and stomachs) at Bay Burger’s third annual lobster roll eating contest on Long Wharf.
And it was a repeat customer who took the top prize.
Emory “E Train” Fiveash, who took a second place prize in the contest last year, won the event this time around, consuming four and a half lobster rolls in five minutes, according to Bay Burger owner Joe Tremblay.
Fiveash, a caddy at The Bridge Golf Course, was cheered on by fellow golfers and according to Tremblay was the only contestant who took to strategizing to earn the $250 first place prize. Fiveash poured water over his lobster rolls to make them more easily consumed, a decision that aided in his victory, although likely impacted the flavor of Bay Burger’s lobster rolls, which were made this week with a lobster delivery from Stuart’s Seafood Market in Amagansett.
Fiveash also took home the coveted Bay Burger lobster roll eating contest trophy, handcrafted by Tremblay himself, who cooks (and paints gold) a five-pound lobster claw each year for the winner.
Bay Burger, located on the Sag Harbor Turnpike, will continue to sell its lobster rolls through Columbus Day weekend, said Tremblay.
…Just in case you want to practice for next year.