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NHDSC Joins Tens of Thousands at Chicago Hot Dog Fest

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

(North American Meat Institute)

The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (NHDSC) shared hot dog facts and information and was featured in two speaking sessions at the Chicago Hot Dog Fest , August 5-7, in Chicago, Illinois. The fourth annual festival drew more than 25,000 people to Chicago's Lincoln Park. It featured a variety of hot dog offerings from Chicago's top vendors and included a speaker series with some of the city's most prominent hot dog historians and restaurateurs. The NHDSC hosted a booth, where attendees learned about the history of hot dogs, received free bumper stickers and tested their hot dog knowledge for a chance to win a Vienna Beef hot dog kit.

NAMI Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and NHDSC Queen of Wien Janet Riley participated in a speaker session focused on ingredients in hot dogs, and how they are made, with Jeff Sindelar, Ph.D., from the University of Wisconsin. Riley also debated Chicago History Museum Historian Peter T. Alter, arguing that a hot dog is not a sandwich during the event's Great Meat Debate. Festival attendees sided with Riley, declaring her the debate's winner. As part of the promotion for the event, the NHDSC also released poll results showing most Americans believe a hot dog is not a sandwich. The release was picked up by a wide variety of media outlets and NHDSC President Eric Mittenthal was interviewed on the nationally broadcast Rich Eisen Radio Show.

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