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World Garlic Eating Competition Today in Dorset

George Inn Chideock

8:02am 13th September 2014

Fancy a chance at being a world champion, and don't mind getting a little smelly to do so?

If so, the World Garlic Eating Competition might be for you.

After a successful debut last year, the event is set to be held once again this Saturday at the George Inn in Chideock, near Bridport.

Competitors have five minutes to eat as many whole garlic cloves as they can, with a trophy and prize of £100 for whoever manages the most, which should just about cover the cost of the mouthwash they might require afterwards.

Last year's winner Oliver Farmer from Charmouth managed a grand total of 49 cloves, but organisers are hoping to increase the standards this year.

All the garlic for the competition comes from the South West Garlic Farm based in Bridport. Its owner Mark Botwright says that interest for this year's competition has been coming from across the country and even abroad.

"We had some competitors from outside Dorset last year - from Bristol, Windsor, Twickenham, but we're hoping to get more from ever further afield this year.

I had some people contact me on Twitter the other day from Brisbane in Australia, they're over in England at the moment and they're really keen to take part."

He's also hoping to set a new world record at the event for eating as many cloves as possible in a minute- the current record is 34.

"We'll have both competitions on at the same time so people can enter whichever one they wish. It'll be some really good fun!"

Entry to the competition is £5. More details can be found at

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