It has been at least 2 years since I visited the Upton Cheyney Chilli Festival, and how well it has grown up.

Sea Spring SeedsIt was always a well organized event, the location was splendid but best described as intermate, now they have moved main stalls to the field behind the farm, which gives them much more space for watching the events on the stage. The old location has become the home for the food concessions and the cider bar.

The event has lost non of its charm with the expansion and there is lots to entertain the kids and adults alike, it is hard not to spend a fortune in the stalls, not all of which are chilli related, it was an eclectic mix.

I counted about 40 stalls and about 14 different food/drink vendors, the coffee from the Italian coffee stall was just about perfect (Needed a coffee, had to have two).

Master of Ceremonies for the event was Darth Naga, I pride myself in helping him become the man he is today (He has just got engaged, so please congratulate him when you see him).

If you have not been to this event it is one I would recommend. you can camp on site (booking needed), and they also have glamping, which is the only was you will get me in a tent again.


Welcome back to The ChileFoundry, we are now open.

There is still have a lot of engineering work to do to get the site faster and easier to maintain, but while we are doing the updates we will start publishing articles as they become available.

Remember the Chilefoundry is not just a reviews site, we will be bringing you news, recipes and stories from around the world, we hope to welcome back some of our regular writers as well as a few new names as time goes by.

We will also be following the progress of the UK Chilli Cook-Off Association with reports from their events around the country.

We will also be updating the directories, so please send us your details for inclusion.

Welcome back to our readers and contributors.


After a little time away, I have been asked to write another book about chillies, so as part of that revival I am going to re-open the ChileFoundry web site and start publishing articles again. It won’t be at the one or two per day pace we one used to achieve, but at first we will publish a weekly set of articles.

The target is to be a news and reviews service, so if you have any relevant news we would love to hear it, we hope to have some of the original team writing for us, and we are looking for people to send in articles as before (We won’t publish everything).

There will be more news on the new book in the next few weeks. In the mean time you may see the site changing as we re-engineer the system software and templates to handle the number of visitors…


David Floyd

owner & editor

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Dear readers

I am sorry to say we have now removed any mention of record breaking products after we received a email threatening legal action.

Please take this as a warning that use of a logo could cause problems, even if you are a fan site.


David Floyd


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