This weekend’s damp weather didn’t affect the fiery fun at Holker with a full house for the chilli eating competitions hosted by Darth Naga. A packed Courtyard watched on as 10 competitors (on each day) took part in the lively competition. Saturday’s competition was the most entertaining yet with Darth commenting it was best one he had ever hosted - humorous contestants were encouraged by the lively crowd - with Jordan from Barrow taking centre stage. Joint winners took the trophy on Saturday and Ed Duffy was crowned Sunday’s winner after reaching around 250,000 scovilles.
Plenty of fiery food was enjoyed across the two days including spicy nachos, sauces, jams, chilli chocolate and even cheeses. A wide variety of chilli plants were also available with keen gardeners taking home some new varieties to try growing their own chillies.
Jillian Rouse, Head of Visitor Services, comments “We’ve had a great weekend with such a fantastic atmosphere and 2,500 people coming through the gates. The chilli eating competition with Darth Naga and food demos by the lovely Gary McClure were very well attended and the entertainment from Ulpha590, Freda the Dinner Lady and fire-eating and stilt walking from Andy Jester proved very popular. We already have some new ideas in the pipe line for next year, our fifth Chilli Fest.”
The Holker Garden Festival has been featured in HolidayLettings.co.uk’s recent blog article, ‘10 Fantastic Flower shows in 2016 to rival Chelsea’.Featured as one of the best flower shows in the UK, the Holker Garden Festival takes the number 3 spot alongside the likes of the Taunton Flowers Show and Woburn Abbey Garden Show.
Horticulture is the star of the show once again at the Holker Garden Festival as organisers welcome The Kitchen Garden Roadshow in to its Garden Theatre for the very first time. Sponsored by Kitchen Garden Magazine, the Roadshow will host a full line up of gardening experts including Saturday’s special Festival guest, Charlie Dimmock.
Visitors to this year’s Holker Garden Festival (3-5 June) are encouraged to take some time out and venture up to the main Holker Gardens to see and hear The Ulverston Music Festival playing from 2-4pm on each day of the show.
Experience the very best of classical music played by top artists and professional musicians in the serene setting of the formal Gardens. A full line up of musicians is planned including:
A selection of local artists will be showcasing their work at this year’s Holker Garden Festival in the very first Arts Village to be staged at the show. Organised by local artist, John Driskel, the Arts Village will allow visitors to get up close to a wonderful selection of art and, weather permitting, there will be demonstrations taking place throughout the three day Festival. “I’m delighted to be able to help bring the Arts Village to Holker this year. It will be fantastic for these artists to showcase their work to such a large audience and we hope, of course, that visitors will enjoy seeing their artwork, with many pieces inspired by Cumbria and the local landscape.”