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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, September 13, 2017

Full house for popular chilli eating competition

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.

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