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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.

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.”  

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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.

Friday, August 25, 2017

All fired up for the 4th annual Holker Chilli Fest

Do you know your Jalapeños from your Scotch Bonnets?  Whether you’re a fiery food fanatic or a chilli newbie, the new trend for specialist chilli events across the country gives everyone the chance to experience the delights of the Capsicum.

 

Now in its 4th year, the Holker Chilli Festival in Cark-in-Cartmel, Cumbria is an entertaining combination of chilli plants and produce, speciality food and good old family fun.  Taking place on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September 2017 and staged in the bustling Holker Courtyard, this lively event is growing fast with over 4,000 visitors last year.
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.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Ospreys return to Nature Reserve at Holker Estate

A pair of Ospreys have once again returned to Natural England’s Roudsea Wood and Mosses National Nature Reserve on the Holker Estate.