World garlic-eating contest announced in Dorset

Mark Botwright holding bulbs of garlic Iberian garlic grown at South West Garlic Farm will be used in the contest

A garlic-eating contest in Dorset is expected to attract competitors from around the globe.

The 1st Annual World Garlic Eating Competition will be held in Chideock on 14 September and organisers hope about 40 people will take part.

The person who eats the most pre-peeled Iberian garlic cloves in five minutes will be declared the winner.

All profits from the entrance fee will be donated to Weldmar Hospicecare Trust and Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

Organiser Mark Botwright, 49, of South West Garlic Farm near Bridport, said he had "trialled" the contest himself.

"I managed to eat just seven cloves over the course of an afternoon - really pathetic," he said.

He added there had "already been plenty of inquiries" about the the event, which will take place at the George Inn.

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