Could you be the World’s Watercress Eating Champion?

PUBLISHED: 11:36 18 May 2020 | UPDATED: 12:59 18 May 2020

Hampshire's annual watercress eating championship has gone virtual (pic: The Watercress Company

Hampshire's annual watercress eating championship has gone virtual (pic: The Watercress Company

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Reigning World Watercress Eating champion Glenn Walsh is challenging Hampshire residents to join the contest online.

Use the hashtag #KingoftheGreens when you upload your videos to either Facebook or Instagram (pic: The Watercress Company)Use the hashtag #KingoftheGreens when you upload your videos to either Facebook or Instagram (pic: The Watercress Company)

This years’ Alresford Watercress Festival may have been postponed to September but reigning World Watercress Eating Champion, Glenn Walsh, 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 usually 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, 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.”

To challenge Glenn from your own home, all you need is an 85g bag of watercress then video yourself eating it as fast as you can. Then upload your video to https://www.instagram.com/lovewatercress/?hl=en or https://www.facebook.com/LoveWatercress with the hashtag #kingofthegreens and nominate 5 of your friends to take part too.

The person with the best time will win the King of the Greens 2020 T-shirt plus a hamper full of mouth-watering goodies worth a whopping £150 donated by Brace of Butchers in Dorset who were judged the UK’s Best Butchers at this year’s Farm Shop & Deli Awards. The funniest video will win a Hamper worth £50. You have until 25th May so what are you waiting for? See the current champion’s efforts at https://www.watercress.co.uk/blog/2020/5/7/could-you-be-the-world-watercress-eating-champion

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