Pickle Wars 2019

Yes you read that right!

This sunday lunch time my partner and I took part in the 2020 Pickle Wars.

Each year in January, the Pickle Wars takes place at the Woodvale Pub and Hotel in aid of The Childrens Liver Disease Foundation.

‘The whole idea started in the Woodvale Hotel in Gurnard when 2 gents were arguing over who made the best pickled onions..
19 years later it would seem there are plenty of people that take pickled onion making VERY seriously!

The reason for choosing the Childrens Liver Disease Foundation as the charity is that one of the original gents at the bar arguing over his onions had a grandson born with a liver deficiency and I also know the family very well so we got our heads together and decided to make an event of it and raise a few pennies for a good cause’

– Lee Taylor (one of the founders)

This year there were an amazing 35 entries, all scored by the public between 1 and 10.

I’ll admit we couldnt quite handle all 35 at once, so we took a break after the first 15 and sat down for some lunch.

Prawn Barra Gallega with Sweet potato fries

Warm pulled pork with stuffing and apple sauce, with triple cooked chips

After a bite to eat, we bought a couple of raffle tickets and continued to work our way through the pickled onions.

The Woodvale was absolutely heaving, so I couldnt get pictures of all of the raffle and auction prizes, but as you can see from what I could capture, there was a ton!

A few of the auction prizes included

  • Football tickets
  • Paragliding experience
  • Vintage furniture
  • Overnight stay at a beautiful hotel with dinner included
  • A power boat ride across the solent

In 19 years, they’ve raised an incredible over £77,000!

*** update ***

On Sunday 26th January 2019, a sensational £8133.90 was raised!

We didnt stay for the raffle, auction or who was crowned King or Queen of The Pickle Wars, but we had a brilliant time, and it was certainly a different way to spend your Sunday afternoon!

Kaya •