Press Release - Holker Hall

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.

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.
Monday, October 17, 2016

Holker prepares for largest Winter Market in 13 years

Holker Hall in Cark-In-Cartmel is preparing for its largest ever Winter Market in 13 years, with 80 stalls already confirmed.

 

From small beginnings back in 2004, the Winter Market has grown in popularity with both exhibitors and the general public.  “We’re thrilled to see that this event is thriving and that businesses are booking stalls as it’s a really popular date on our event calendar for visitors.  We always find there’s a lovely atmosphere across the weekend as people are getting in that Christmas spirit and want to find something a little more unusual for gifts and stocking fillers,” comments Jillian Rouse, Head of Visitor Services.
Monday, June 6, 2016

Temperature rises as crowds flock to the 24th Holker Garden Festival

The 24th Holker Garden Festival experienced the year’s hottest temperatures yet, as the showground was drenched in sunshine this weekend.  It was smiling faces all round as both trade sales and Friday and Sunday visitor numbers were up, with 22,000 people flooding through the gates over the weekend to see floral magnificence, live entertainment, inspiring arts and crafts and hundreds of exhibitors.