It's that time of the year again—time to ogle adventurous eaters as they scarf down duck embryo, that is! East Village Filipino restaurants Maharlika and Jeepney are teaming up to host this year's second annual balut-eating contest, and it's all going down at the Hester Street Fair today starting at 6 p.m.

A balut is a Filipino street-food delicacy, and as per Wikipedia, is a "developing duck embryo that is boiled alive and eaten in the shell." YUM. Last year, winner Wayne "Wayney Wonder" Algeni was able to stomach 18 of these bad boys—"It tastes like an egg," he said—and today one lucky soul will try to top his record in a five-minute time period. According the organizers, 12 people are signed up to compete today, and they've prepared 300 balut just for the occasion.

Even if you don't have an esophagus of steel, organizers promise this is a spectacle not to be missed; apparently, balut-eating contests aren't even popular in the Philippines. Can't imagine why not! The contest will be held on Essex Street as part of the Hester Street Fair, and there will be an authentic cebuano pig roast, Jeepney and Maharlika's signature Filipino potato salad and other goodies for grabs even if unborn ducks aren't your thing.