World Gravy Wrestling Championships stir attention

It’s one thing to play with food, it’s another to wrestle in it

World Gravy Wrestling Championships can be best described as “one of the world’s craziest culinary competitions”, the annual charity event at the Rose ‘N’ Bowl Pub in Stacksteads, Rossendale, England. It returned after two years of cancellations due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The World Gravy Wrestling Championships is now in its 12th year.

Sixteen men and eight women took part this year, all raising money for their own chosen charities, while ticket sales raise funds for East Lancashire Hospice

“It’s amazing to be back and people have come from far and wide … the atmosphere is absolutely bouncing,” said Carol Lowe, 50, restaurant manager at the Rose ‘N’ Bowl.

“Basically, people come in fancy dress – men and ladies – and then they wrestle in gravy and get eliminated as the day goes on.

“It’s very messy.”

The gravy used in the event is made at the Real Lancashire Black Pudding factory and wrestlers are hosed down by the local fire brigade after their fights.