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World Garlic Eating competition comes to West Dorset
THERE’S sure to be a whiff of excitement in the air around West Dorset this weekend.
The first annual charity World Garlic Eating Competition takes place on Saturday, September 14, at The George Inn, Chideock.
Fans of the “stinking rose” will be invited to munch their way through a potful of the pungent bulb to take the new world title.
Mark Botwright, owner of the South West Garlic Farm at North Chideock, started growing garlic 16 years ago after his wife Wendy brought him some seed to grow in their vegetable patch on their sheep farm in North Dorset.
They moved to the Bridport area about nine years ago bringing 2,000 bulbs with them.
The business has continued to grow and they now have more than 15 acres of garlic growing on the farm, with further expansion planned for the next planting season.
Mark had the idea for the championships last year after watching the local annual stinging nettle eating competition.
Deciding that a garlic eating competition would be another wacky game for Dorset to host, Mark devised the fiendish trial.
The contestants will be presented a pot of peeled garlic. Each clove must be chewed and swallowed before moving onto the next one.
The winner will be the person who manages to eat the most cloves in five minutes.
There will be local Chideock cider on hand to help wash it down.
Mark said: “Raw garlic has a super-intense peppery heat so it is a big challenge.
“We are still looking for more people to take part.
“It is £5 entry before Saturday or £10 on the day.
“All proceeds will go to the Weldmar Hospice and Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, two very important Charities in Dorset which are close to our hearts.
“The winner will receive a trophy and £100 cash. Anyone who is up for a challenge and likes a bit of fun can pop into The George this week to enter or turn upon the day.”
Steve Smith from The George Inn at Chideock offered to host the event and has been working with Mark and Wendy to make it a success. There will be food and drinks – and Mark’s garlic – for sale and live music.
The contest starts at 4pm. Contact details and the rules of the competition can be found on worldgarliceatingcompetition.co.uk
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