Some fantastic news as West Dean Chilli Fiesta has won a Bronze at the Beautiful South Awards for Excellence 2014/15. the award was presented at the Grand Hotel, in Brighton.
The 2015 event will be the 20th, I first went about 18 years ago, then it was a small show mostly held around the potting sheds with as far as I remember Hot-Headz and Cool Chilli Co being the main stall holders..
The 2014 event attracted 22,000 people over three days and it has grown to include live music, food and entertainment, and I believe for the first time the opportunity to camp on the site.
The 2015 event will be held over the weekend of the 7th-9th August, and you can already order your tickets online at www.westdean.org
This is the first time we have reviewed a sauce from the Devon Chilliman, you may have seen Cliff and Hayley at some of the chilli festivals as they run one of the best looking mobile chilli food trailers in the business.
Today sauce is called Gibbering Smoke, it get its name from a Habanero cross from Matt Simpson at Simpsons Seeds called Gibbering Idiot and the Smoke coming from the locally grown and smoked Chipotles.
On opening the bottle the first smell is a combination of the Chipotles and the balsamic with the cider vinegar, this soon makes way to a sweeter smell as the vinegar dissipates. The aroma is very inviting so it is quickly out with the tasking spoon.
For me the first flavour is a combination of the sweet balsamic, this makes it way for the warmth from the Gibbering Idiot (I can see why it is so named) then as this calms down I can taste the chipotles and the apples, it is a very pleasant sensation and it rolls around my mouth.
A teaspoon may have been a bit much this early in the day, it is just after 9am in the morning and a sauce review always get the day started well, but now the top of my tongue and the back of the throat are feeling the afterburn, there is nothing for it but another spoonful.
Ingredients: Water, balsamic vinegar, chipotle chilli, white onion, cider vinegar, apple, light muscavado, chilli (Gibbering Idiot), salt, various spices.
Don’t think of this as a sweet sauce, while I can taste the sweetness of the Ingredients this sauce is not sticky sweet, it is very much a big bang savoury flavour, if I was going to pair this it would be great with a bacon sandwich or a pulled pork roll.
This is a very good sauce, but it won’t last long in our kitchen. I cannot wait to try some more of Cliff’s product in the future, this is a very good start for the first product I have tasted.
On the label you will see that this sauce was made by the Wiltshire Chilli Farm for the Devon Chilliman using Chillies grown by the Devon Chilliman, I have visited the production side of the Wiltshire Chilli Farm and you could not want a more organised partner to work with.
You can order the sauce direct from the Devon Chilliman web site, it may seem expensive at £8.00 per bottle but that include delivery, if you purchase more of any one items it gets a lot cheaper per bottle, but unfortunately the shopping basket does not combine items so a mixed basket can seem expensive.
Normally £59 you can get a voucher for this course for just £29 if you mention you have been referred by us at the ChileFoundry. To get the discount you need to email email@example.com this offer won’t go on forever and the next course is on Saturday 24th January 2015 just in time for that new years resolution.
Lemonchillichello – This is the second year that they have made this drink and it was extremely popular last year! They take fresh Sicilian Lemons, Habanero Chilli and Raw Cane Sugar and infuse them in triple distilled Vodka for 6 weeks. We then filter and bottle the Lemonchillichello. It is a great drink to start a dinner party or for a digestive before dessert. 200ml just £12.00
Trio of Hot Sauces – They have put together three their most popular hot sauces in a gift box to make the perfect Christmas gift. Containing OMG – Oh My God, Scorpion and Suffolk sauces this is a great addition to any Chilli Sauce Collection. Just £10.00
Milled Wine Spice – Christmas would not be Christmas without the smell of Mulled Wine!
Their Mulled wine is a combination of spices, citrus fruit and a little Chilli De Arbol. Just enough to give a subtle heat to your favourite Christmas Tipple – 3 X Spice Parcels £5.00
Matt Simpson from Simpsons Seeds has just had a few media visits, you may have seen him in the Daily Mail, well he was this morning on the BBC Breakfast show as well as lots of local BBC radio stations explaining how about a new chilli they are marketing called “Katie” and how he got it to grow so hot..
Katie was developed by a reclusive Chillihead called Naga Nick, who passed some seeds to Matt Simpson to grow, well to Matt’s surprise Katie’s provisional tests results puts her at 1,590,000 SHU, that is over 200,000 higher that any previous UK grown chilli and while still provisional it may even get to break the current world record holder the Carolina Reaper that clocks in at 1,569,300 SHU.
At the moment Matt is sure he has set a new UK record, but it may take a while and a few more tests before he can see if he really has a chilli that can take a new world record.
In the mean time if you would like to get in on the ground floor of growing this new superhot, you will need to contact Matt at Simpsons Seeds he has the seeds packaged up ready for sale, but be quick quantities are limited.
Here is Nina Warhurst (BBC Breakfast) and Cameraman (V Sorry forgot your name) and Katie the chilli