Coronavirus: Dorset button feeder competition held online during lockout


Dorset eat button

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Helen and Stephen Jones


There will be no crowds at this year’s button eater contest as contestants will stuff their faces online

The annual Dorset Button Feeder Contest will be held online for the first time.

The event – in which competitors compete to gobble up more traditional county cookies than their rivals – usually draws huge crowds.

But this year, 100 competitive eaters will be broadcasting live their attempts to swallow the salty spheres.

Its twin event, the Dorset Button Throwing Festival, has been postponed to 2021.

The participants in this competition normally gathered in a field to throw the treats three times as much as possible.

“Quite dry”

Each hopeful of the Button Eater Championship received a package of regulatory Moores cookies for their heats.

Competitors have one minute to complete as many buttons as they can handle.

But festival president Ian Gregory warned that the bun-shaped confectionery was “fairly dry” and “you can’t eat a lot of it” in such a short time.

“The world record is 13 or 14 – it was a major performance in 2015,” he said.

“But since then, no one has made more than seven,” said Gregory.

The organizers said the entries had come from all over the UK, including Castle Donington, Ellesmere Port and Cockermouth.

“Obviously, a lot of Dorsets” had also registered, said Gregory.

Proceeds from this year’s event, which begins at 10:00 am BST, will be donated to local charity Weldmar Hospicecare.

The button launch event started in 2008 and now includes a food festival, darts and button sets, including button and spoon races and button pinning on the giant Cerne Abbas.

He is scheduled to return to Cattistock Fete in West Dorset on Sunday May 2 next year.

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Rupert / Chris Ould Cake


The throwing competition sees the salted biscuits thrown under the arms and the competitor must keep one foot on the ground

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Dorset button


Bags of Dorset pimples are usually eaten with Blue Vinney cheese or honey and coagulated cream – known as thunder and lightning

Dorset Button Explanator

  • The cookies have been made by Moores de Morecombelake for over 150 years
  • Originally, they were made from the remaining bread dough with added butter and sugar, rolled by hand and left to dry in the dying heat of the oven
  • Their name is believed to come from the hand-sewn Dorset button buttons which were also made locally
  • They can be eaten with Blue Vinny cheese, dipped in tea or cider, or taken with honey and cream – known locally as thunder and lightning


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