Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Harrogate Flower Show

This weekend Dan and I, along with some friends, went to the Harrogate Flower Show.  We have been to similar events back in DC and always have a good time.  It sounds super nerdy--and to be honest, it kind of is--but it's really cool to see these huge floral displays.  The flowers were just unbelievable!  There were dahlias, gladioli, ferns, bonsai, cacti, and so much more.  This show also included a vegetable tent that displayed gigantic onions, leeks, carrots, cabbages and other root veggies.  In fact, we saw the official world's largest onion.  Any guesses as to how many pounds the world's largest onion is?  Keep reading and I'll tell you at the end of the post :)

We also explored the food offerings, of course.  They had tons of fresh Yorkshire dairy products, including ice cream, cheeses and chocolates.  The ice cream was really among the best I've ever had.  It was so creamy and rich.  I sampled a horseradish cheese that was incredible, but unfortunately I walked away without purchasing it.  We did have to try the pasty though.  We've completely fallen in love with the Cornish pasty, which is basically just a portable pot-pie.  They come in all varieties, but I'm loving the cheese, onion and chutney ones.  Yum!

The show grounds were absolutely beautiful, and for the most part the weather cooperated.  All in all, it was a fantastic day!

Here are some of the highlights:


 The world's heaviest onion?  Here she is: 17 lbs 151/2 ounces!


  1. #2 (2-year Option) - it will take only two years to beat the record and grow an 18-pound "curley levinschiller" (talking! with brit ascent). Shouldn't be that difficult.
    Other than that, I've run out of ideas.

  2. Dan says unless we can make French onion soup out of it, we're not growing it!

  3. Great post! I just shared it with my cousin, who runs flower shows in Boston. Glad you and Dan are having fun over there!