5th August 2015 – Felbrigg Hall Chilli Fiesta
Felbrigg Hall is a National Trust property, so as well as the chilli Fiesta there will be a lot to see, it is described as one of the most elegant country houses in East Anglia. Address:- Felbrigg, Norwich, Norfolk, NR11 8PR
7th – 9th August 2015 – West Dean Chilli Fiesta
This is one of my favourite events on the chilli calendar and the first event we had a stall at and this year is extra special as it is the 20th Anniversary event, you can see around 250 different variesties of chilli being grown in the 13 Victorian glass houses. There are expected to be over 180 stalls, making this the largest chilli event by far.
8th – 9th August 2015 – The Cheese and Chilli Festival Winchester
This is a new event this year in Winchester and it an expansion of the original event held last year in Christchurch (There are now three events in the group, with events in Basingstoke (June), Christchurch (July) and now Winchester (Aug)). So what can be better than Chillies, Cheese and also a beer festival from the amazing Ringwood Brewery!
This sauce is exactly that, The Chilli Alchemist AKA Jay Webley from The Clifton Chilli Club has used his knowledge of chillies gained from the clubs passion for exploring the offerings of sauce makers across the globe, to extract what is best about the Naga Jolokia, its sweet zesty but powerful punch. The other ingredients are merely a vehicle to support the Nagas flavour and deliver the long slow release of heat, which is expertly tempered to be not too overpowering, believe me its not for a chilli novice but also not so hot as to not be enjoyable and mask the base flavours.
Ingredients: Red chillies(Naga Jolokia & Cayenne), Carrot, Onion, Cider vinegar, Garlic, Sugar and Salt.
There’s a surprising salsa-esque flavour, seeing as there is no tomato (possibly coming from the cayenne), yet has the effect of refreshing the pallet with expertly balanced seasoning letting you taste the sweet, savoury and sour notes individually before combining in a satisfying aftertaste. The texture is loose with a fine chunkiness enabling it to pour freely from the bottle, Ive used it as a burger relish as well as adding to curries and chillies, but to use Purus as intended its best as a dip, allowing for the naga to be celebrated and not a side note to other foods.
The design of the label runs with the alchemists theme of medieval warlocks and mythology with a brooding deep red background contrasting black naga chilli surrounded by runes and symbols with the ingredients list on a stylized parchment. As with all the Alchemists sauces Purus is available in two styles and sizes, the standard bottle holds 148ml and costs £4.99, the larger (200ml) Apothecary bottle with its long wax sealed neck and elegant bowl comes in at £9.50 and is a must for the hot sauce collector or an extra special gift.
This weekend we have two events :-
August 1st 9:30am to 5pm
Taking place at Pontins Pakefield, you will find a selection of regional chillies companies including, Suffolk Naga (Chilli Seeds, Plants, Gifts and More), Chilli Monster (Chilli Chocolate), The Happy Chili Co (Chilli Sauces), Saucey Lady (chilli sauce, chutney and preserves), Sylken Homebrew (Everything Homebrew), Eastern Foods (Ingredients from around the Globe), East Anglian Air Ambulance Charity. DoodleMan . (Chilli Themed Gifts Coming Soon), Norfolks Finest Foods (Pickles and Chutneys), Norfolk Chilli Farm (Plants, Seeds, Fresh Chillis and Sauces), MiriPiri (Local Chilli Jams, Sauces and More), East Coast Cakes & Preserves (Chilli Jams, Preserves & Cakes).
August 1st and 2nd 10am to 5pm
This is the 5th Great Dorset Chilli Festival, does not seem like it has been five years. This year you can enjoy not just the stalls, but also watch and possibly taste the regional Chilli Cook-Off, there is also a talks from Matt Simpson on Chilli folklore, Joy Michaud talks is about tips for chilli growers as well as cooking demonstrations from Mat Follas and Yayu Slocock.
Sadly we have to report that the Exeter chilli shop “The Pepper Pod” is closing down at the end of August.
They are clearing all stock with a discount offer of 30% off the normal prices, so pop along to the shop or order on-line at http://www.thepepperpod.net/ using discount code CLOSINGDOWN
The store is located in McCoys Arcade on Fore Street in Exeter EX4 3AN.