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Over 4,000 visitors head to the Holker Chilli Fest for fiery fun!

It was fiery fun all round at Holker this weekend, as well over 4,000 visitors headed to the third annual Chilli Fest. Organisers recorded a 5% increase on last year’s visitor numbers with a fun and lively weekend enjoyed by families and chilli-enthusiasts alike.

Jillian Rouse, Head of Visitor Services,   comments “It’s been a wonderfully successful weekend, the weather was lovely on both days and there was a fantastic atmosphere.  As we work to steadily grow the Chilli Fest, this year has seen a definite increase in families attending, plus lots and lots of dogs!”  

 

The entertainment lined up for the two days proved a great hit.  Visitors flocked to see the Belly Dancers performing and they danced and mingled in the avenues with visitors.  Garry Gifford as Freda the Dinner Lady and character, Pete Moss was an absolute hit with crowds gathering round him.

 

Business from Cumbria and further afield lined the Courtyard with spicy treats and delicious produce, as visitors munched their way through spicy pizzas, sauces and even chilli chocolate! 

 

The highlight of each day was of course the Chilli Eating Competition hosted by Darth Naga – on Saturday there were joint winners, Damien from Blackpool (a winner last year) and Jo from Hampshire.  They worked their way through each round of chillies, each getting hotter and eventually reaching two million scovilles, neither gave up and started working their way back down the scale, but instead of one chilli per round they had two!

 

On Sunday the competition got to eight hundred thousand scovilles with Sharon from Southport crowned the winner.  The winners won a hamper of chilli goodies and a trophy.  With the Courtyard full of spectators, the crowd encouraged the participants every step of the way. 

 

“We’ve had great feedback from our exhibitors and we’re already thinking about next year’s event and how we can develop it – we look forward to September 2017! -  Jillian Rouse.

2017 Main Season Opening Dates

Hall & Gardens, Cafe, Food Hall and Gift Shop

Saturday 25th March to Sunday 29th October

Wednesday to Sunday (& Bank Holiday Mondays) 10.30am-5pm  (Hall 11am-4pm)


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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

70 exhibitors now confirmed at Cumbria’s newest event!

Holker’s newest event for 2017, The Holker Spring Market has been well received, with exhibitor space fully booked weeks in advance.   Taking place on Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st May 2017 the event will bring together a fine selection of home, food, garden and gift exhibitors set in the bustling Courtyard and Piazza.

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Upcoming Events
Saturday 5th August 2017

Peter Pan Outdoor Theatre

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Thursday 24th August 2017

National Gardens Scheme Day

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Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th September 2017

Holker Chilli Fest

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Wednesday 18th October 2017

Tour & Tea with the Head Gardener

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Sunday 22nd October 2017

Holker Food Market

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