Empire Outlets Crowns July 4th Cannoli Eating Champion!
We kicked off our July 4th celebration here at Empire Outlets today with the city’s first July 4th Cannoli Eating Contest! Staten Island, of course, is known for featuring some of America’s finest Italian treats—and cannoli are no exception. The hundreds of cannoli, donated generously from local bakery Mark’s Bake Shoppe, are delectable, and visitors on site were quick to sign up for a spot in the competition.
The winner of the Empire Outlets July 4 Cannoli Eating Contest was competitive eater “Gentleman” Joe Menchetti of Cheshire, Connecticut, who ate 22 cannoli in 3 minutes. For his superb performance, Joe was awarded a $500 gift certificate to Nordstrom Rack, which just opened its newest location at Empire Outlets today! Second place went to John Cipriani, who was awarded a pair of American-flag branded Crocs.
This exciting contest was a fun start to our July 4th festivities, which will continue throughout the entire day. There is still plenty of time to come down to Empire Outlets to join in on the exciting festivities taking place today, including face painting, craft workshops, sand castle building, live music, a movie screening, food trucks, fireworks, and of course, incredible outlet deals!