Feel free to browse these fantastic photographs from this years Watercress Festival courtesy of Shannon Lee Robinson of SLR Photography.
Can you eat a bag of watercress in less than 40 seconds? The King of Greens Glenn Walsh Can!
The Alresford Watercress Festival has been cancelled until 2021 but Glenn Walsh, reigning World Watercress Eating Champion, won’t let that stand in the way of defending his title as he and The Watercress Company take the contest online.
Used to performing in front of the 18,000 strong crowd that visits the annual festival to celebrate the start of the UK watercress season, this year, Glenn stood alone in a watercress bed, spurred on – at a distance – by the regular championship commentator, Paul Reece.
Glenn, a fencer from Alresford in Hampshire, has reigned supreme for the last nine years and is determined not to let his crown slip so he has laid down the gauntlet and challenged the nation. Last year his time to eat 85g of watercress was just 42 seconds but he’s been faster; in 2017 he took a mere 37.6 seconds!
Glenn explained: “I’m from a litter of five and if you left your hand on the table for too long at mealtimes, it was gone. Eating fast was a necessity! It’s great to have the chance to widen the field and get some more competition involved with the World Watercress Eating Championships.”
Encouraged by The Watercress Company’s Managing Director, Tom Amery, Glenn ate the 85g of watercress in as fast a time as he could, assisted by a bottle of Watercress Warrior from Cerne Abbas Brewery, before his efforts were posted on https://www.facebook.com/LoveWatercress/ where anyone can do the same and be a contender for the World Watercress Eating Champion crown.
Tom explains: “The World Watercress Eating Championships are usually the grand finale for the Watercress Festival with people lining up to take part.
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