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Britain holds 1st garlic eating competition in Dorset

by FFE EU News staff

The winner of Britain’s 1st Annual World Garlic Eating Competition downed 49 pre-peeled Iberian cloves.

Oliver Farmer of Charmouth, who won a trophy and prize money of £100, bested 26 others in the race to eat the most cloves in 5 minutes.

Organiser Mark Botwright of South West Garlic Farm near Bridport said “It was absolutely fantastic and an unbelievable result.” The event was held at the George Inn in Chideock.

Ali Harvey of Seatown came in second with 46, saying “[I'm] in pain. It’s really a lot spicier than you’d think. I thought I was going to be sick at the end. I’m full of garlic now but it was cracking fun.”

The contestants had to eat the cloves one at a time, but they were allowed to wash down the garlic with liquid.

Profits from the entrance fees will be donated to Weldmar Hospicecare Trust and Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

The organisers plan to change the rules next year as they aim for a spot at the Guinness World Records. The current record is held by Deepak Sharma Bajagain of Kathmandu, Nepal, who ate 34 cloves in 1 minute in 2009.

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