Thursday 22 February 2018

Giant pumpkin wins prize but it's not a patch on festival fun

Eimear Ni Bhraonain

IT resembled a vaguely deflated beanbag but it's slightly tougher -- and tastier.

Yesterday Englishman Stuart Paton won the pumpkin weigh-in at the annual Pumpkin Festival in Virginia, Co Cavan.

Weighing in at a whopping 1,493lbs, it's big enough to make up to 10,700 average sized pies -- but its proud owner, from Lymington in the UK, doesn't plan to put it in pastry just yet.

He squashed stiff competition from contenders who brought vegetables from as far away as Slovakia, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Austria and the US.

The weigh-in was one of the highlights of the weekend festival, which also saw Imelda May play to a full house on Saturday night.

Meanwhile, in the south of the country, horse-chestnuts were picked as the battle began at the Irish Conker Festival. Freshford, Co Kilkenny, was the location where 5,000 revellers went nuts for the 11th annual competition.

Separately, Kilkenny city was also buzzing with visitors for the Savour Kilkenny Food Festival. The city's plaza was transformed into a tented food village as celebrity chefs plied their trade.

Irish Independent

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