Newent Onion Fayre 2022

Organisers of the Newent Onion Fayre have announced that September’s event will not be taking place.

The annual event, known for its world-famous onion eating competition, has had 24 hugely successful years, but due to the knock-on effects of the pandemic and economic uncertainties, 2022 will not be seeing the return of the Fayre.

“We have had to make the difficult and very sad decision to cancel the Onion Fayre,” says chairman of the Newent Onion Fayre, Andy Offord. “We do not want to disappoint people, but after being forced into having a two year break, we’ve found that the momentum has been lost. Since the start of the year, we have been working hard to try to bring the event back for this September, however we have found that running the Fayre will not be feasible.

“We have discovered there have been many casualties as a result of the pandemic, and due to the economic uncertainties at the moment, the previous support we have had for the event is no longer there.

“We are a small group of volunteers who have thoroughly enjoyed bringing this event to the small town of Newent each year, and would like to thank everyone that has supported the Fayre in the past.

"Whatever happens in the future. the Noble Onion will always be celebrated in Newent."

Gloucestershire’s largest free one day event would see over 150 stalls, fairground rides, live music, an onion show and onion eating competition and would bring in around 15,000 visitors to the town.

The event was scheduled to take place on Saturday 10th September through the streets of Newent.

 

Statement

“We are disappointed to have made the decision to cancel, however with stall applications down and previous support no longer there, the committee has concluded that the event would not be feasible.

“We would like to thank everyone for the support over the past 24 years.”