Talk:Elver Eating World Championships

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Did you know nomination[edit]

The following is an archived discussion of the DYK nomination of the article below. Please do not modify this page. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page (such as this nomination's talk page, the article's talk page or Wikipedia talk:Did you know), unless there is consensus to re-open the discussion at this page. No further edits should be made to this page.

The result was: promoted by Kavyansh.Singh (talk) 08:33, 3 September 2022 (UTC)[reply]

A dish of elvers
A dish of elvers
  • ... that no elvers (examples pictured) are eaten during the Elver Eating World Championships? Source: "Organisers said 'instead of using the real thing, which is now a protected species' they were now offering 'a man-made type of sustainable elver, re-named "el-vers".' from: "Spanish fish save UK elver-eating contest". BBC News. 1 May 2017. Retrieved 9 August 2022.

Moved to mainspace by Dumelow (talk). Self-nominated at 08:49, 10 August 2022 (UTC).[reply]

  • I'll AGF that this passes WP:GNG (WP:SIGCOV might be an issue?). Date, size, neutrality, QPQ, copyvio are good. ALT1 is good, but main hook is more interesting. BUT there is a minor problem: the hook cites correct reference, but the fact is only mentioned in the article's lead, unreferenced. Per WP:LEAD, lead should not contain new and unreferenced information. The key sentence here is " The competition was revived in 2015 as the Elver Eating World Championships, though elvers are no longer eaten, being replaced by elver-shaped surimi." - please copy it to the main body and append it with a ref. Then this will be GTG. --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 09:47, 10 August 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Hi Piotrus, thanks for the review. I've made it clearer in the article that surimi is used, rather than elvers - Dumelow (talk) 10:02, 10 August 2022 (UTC)[reply]
And we are GTG. Thank you, --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 10:08, 10 August 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Why this title?[edit]

I find only one source that refers to "Elver Eating World Championships", and it only applies that to the 2015 through 2017 events. This article is more general, and would be better with a title that covers the event historically, perhaps Elver eating competition would be a good concise generic descriptive title. Dicklyon (talk) 00:59, 6 September 2022 (UTC)[reply]

It still seems to be branded as such; see for example this Gloucestershire Live listing. I note this year's event is this Sunday, had I realised I could have asked for it to be scheduled for then. - Dumelow (talk) 08:05, 6 September 2022 (UTC)[reply]
That source also calls it "World elver eating championships" and "Elver Eating Championships". Hardly support for the title there. Dicklyon (talk) 02:35, 7 September 2022 (UTC)[reply]
The section below has a few more things it's called, with case variations, too. I don't think this event has a proper name. Dicklyon (talk) 02:37, 7 September 2022 (UTC)[reply]

End of competition[edit]

Looking on the British Newspaper Archive (subs required), it is evident that the competition was NOT abandoned in the 1970s.

In 1987 Mark Ryder celebrated "his fifth consecutive win in the annual elver eating contest at Frampton on Severn." (Sandwell Evening Mail 21 April 1987)

The what's on section of the Gloucester News of 12 April 1990 mentions for Monday April 16; "Frampton Elver Eating Contest 11am at Three Horseshoes Inn" but Aberdeen Press and Journal, 16 April 1990 reported "the world elver-eating championships at Frampton on Severn, Gloucestershire, have been cancelled because the price of baby eels has soared too high - £30 a kilo."

The what's on section of the Gloucester News of 23 March 1989 had mentioned an up-coming event so this was probably the last one held. Nedrutland (talk) 08:22, 6 September 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Got links? Dicklyon (talk) 02:38, 7 September 2022 (UTC)[reply]