Vegan Donut Shop Owner Wins Tofurky Eating Title at Philly Veg Fest

Dottie's Donuts at Philly's Veg Fest. Photo courtesy of Jeff Poleon.

Dottie’s Donuts at Philly’s Veg Fest. Photo courtesy of Jeff Poleon.

At Philly’s second annual Veg Fest this past weekend, five herbivores went head-to-head in an epic eating contest. The challenge was this: all the Tofurky dogs they could consume in two minutes.

The winner and grand champion was Jeff Poleon, co-owner of Philly’s famous (vegan) Dottie’s Donuts.

“This was my third veggie dog eating contest I’ve ever done. The motive was to get Dottie’s name out there and see if I could win three times in a row,” Poleon told

He ate two-and-a-half dogs and buns. Word from the other contestants was that the buns were pretty hefty, too, which made things tougher.

“The previous two contests I’ve done were quantity competitions, this was my first timed contest so it was harder—especially because we did not have water,” he explains.

Dottie's Donuts -- mouthwatering vegan treats! Via Dottie's Donuts on Facebook.

Dottie’s Donuts — mouthwatering vegan treats! Via Dottie’s Donuts on Facebook.

When asked if he’d prefer a donut or hot dog eating throwdown, he went with the dogs.

“I would personally take savory over sweet any day. I think the sugar rush of a donut eating contest would be more difficult then a hot dog eating contest.”

Vegfest was Dottie’s first major public appearance, says Poleon, and they sold over 1,300 donuts.

“Could not be happier with the experience. Thanks to everyone who helped organize the fest and thanks to Blackbird Pizza for sharing a table and tent with us,” he adds.

Dottie’s sells wholesale to a laundry list of local establishments in Philadelphia, but their long-term goal is to have a brick-and-mortar donut shop, probably  in West Philly.

This was the first year for the Tofurky eating contest, but it’s expected to happen annually from here on out. So, better get to chowing down on veggie dogs if you want to take home top honors next year.

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Hannah Sentenac, Editor-in-Chief

Hannah Sentenac, Editor-in-Chief

A wizard of words, lover of all living things and vegan mac 'n cheese master, Hannah is the Editor-In-Chief and Founder of Her writing has appeared in Live Happy magazine, the Miami New Times,,, and numerous other publications and websites. She's obsessed with Cocowhip, Just Mayo and Dandies marshmallows, and is totally addicted to the outdoors. You can reach Hannah directly at

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