When: 7th June 2014
Where: Bottle Inn, Marshwood, Bridport, Dorset DT6 5QJ
What is it?
The annual World Nettle Eating Championship will take place this weekend at the Bottle Inn in Dorset. The event is held as part of a charity beer festival.
Competitors taking part in the World Nettle Eating Championship are given two-foot long stalks of stinging nettles to tuck in to. Entrants must pluck and eat as many of the leaves as they can stomach, with the aid of a beer or two to wash the greens down. After an hour of chomping, the bare stalks are measured. The competitor whose stalks measure the longest, wins the championship.
The championship is said to have originated in the 1980s after an argument between two farmers over who had the longest stinging nettles in their field. One of the farmers is said to have promised to eat any nettle which was longer than his. Today the contest has competitions for both men and women, and has attracted competitors from all over the world including Canada and Australia.
Watch the video below to get an idea of how the crazy event works. The footage shows 2010 champion Sam Cunningham, a fishmonger from Somerset, who ate an incredible 74 feet of nettles. Beware, the video does show some regurgitated nettles!
More info: www.bottle-inn.net