UK’s incredible knob-eating challenge forced online
The annual event has had to take on a virtual twist because of COVID-19.
Across the UK, there are plenty of unique foodie challenges that take place every year. Some areas have cheese-rolling, others have whisky-drinking – but in Dorset the challenge happens to be eating knobs.
The competition, contrary to popular belief, has nothing to do with the traditional method for opening doors; no, a “knob” is a Dorset term for a bun-sized savoury snack that is usually eaten with Blue Vinny cheese or honey, but can also be soaked in tea or cider. I know which option I’d choose.
Usually, the event takes place at an annual food festival, and participants gather round to see who can eat as many of the local delicacies as possible within a sixty-second timeline. This year, however, the novelty event has been forced to adapt to the online sphere because of the impact of coronavirus.
Willing contestants have been sent a packet of knobs (manufactured for more than 150 years by Moores of Morecombelake) so that they can compete from the comfort of their own homes. One hundred competitors will livestream their efforts under the watchful eye of a nation of eager viewers.
The record for the knob-consuming championship is held by one gallant hero who devoured an uncertain fourteen or fifteen knobs in 2015. It can only be imagined that spectators were so lost in excitement that they failed to record the actual number. Organisers warn, however, that the knobs are extremely stodgy and are therefore absurdly difficult to eat for the inexperienced and naïve.
Participants have entered from across the UK, and money made from the event is to be donated to local charity Weldmar Hospicecare.
For those worried, the knob-eating challenge's sister event – that just so happens to involve the throwing of knobs – has been postponed until 2021. So, if your knob-throwing arm is a little out of shape, you’ve got a good twelve months to work yourself into peak physical condition.