This weekend we have two events :-

Chilli Fest 2015  Chilli land

Chilliland Chilli Festival – Lowestoft

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).

The Great Dorset Chilli Festival – Wimborne St Giles

August 1st and 2nd 10am to 5pm

Great Dorset Chilli Festival 2015This 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.

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Sadly we have to report that the Exeter chilli shop “The Pepper Pod” is closing down at the end of August.

The Pepper Pot - Exeter

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.

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In this review I have a bottle of The Chillees Indian Fire kindly provided to me for tasting

The Chillees Indian FireI have had the pleasure of reviewing a few of the other sauces produced by The Chillees. Orangatongue Tingler is one sauce you have to have in your collection! Revisit my review from 2014 for the Chile Foundary here

The Chillees are a husband and wife team creating award winning products including spicy chilli sauces and preserves from their home grown chillies, fruit and vegetables. Their current range is ever growing and for them “It’s all about the flavour as well as the heat. No Extracts used here” so this is a real invite to foodie chilli heads like me.

Ingredients: Mango, onion, vinegar, sugar, orange juice, lime juice, jamacian jerk chilli (5%), Fire chilli (2%) water, mustard seeds, mustard, salt and Indian spice mixes.

The label I think is very professionally done, their trademark string of chillies down the side and the hot sauce name in logo style on the front. Noticeably on this bottle you will find a shiny blue and bronze sticker with ‘taste of the west bronze’ award showing you already that this sauce must be worth picking up. Behind the label is a dark mango coloured thick looking sauce inviting you in too. The Chillees rate this sauces heat level as a four out of five on the label of the bottle so I’m eager to dive in and see what combination of power and taste they have pulled together this time. I am especially pleased to see that the Chillees have been creative and not just gone for the usual (although always tasty) scotch bonnet or habanero used in the main stream of sauces.

The aroma on opening the bottle is sweet and citrus like to my senses although this sauce is names Indian fire one of the initial thoughts running through my mind is that of a Chinese curry smell, though this is doing the sauce a disservice. Many of my favourite sauces from the past that have disappeared from market used mango so I’m a real fan of this ingredient, I believe it is an excellent fruity base to a hot sauce. It is quite hard to describe the taste of this sauce, it hits so many parts of your mouth, there is a lot going on. First hit I love it then I think again is this too much flavour, but then the chilli hits and you forget the initial complexity until you are left with a long slow gentle heat leaving you wanting more. Though not listed as an ingredient there tastes like a hint of cumin in the background to me too whether present or not. The mustard and mustard seeds overlay another dynamic of heat too. Not too much but the different style of heat provided really ads to the depth of the sauce. This in my opinion is another winner in their range

The Chilees website suggested using this sauce as a marinade and, best with red meat; Beef, Water Buffalo, Bison and Venison. Also a fan of not just sticking to the basic supermarket foods I’m pleased to see different types of meat listed and I would agree I can see the sauce complementing these perfectly. With its depth of flavour this sauce would also be great to add some extra heat to your curries, stews, casseroles and hotpots too.

Finally, as I have mentioned in a past review, with the clever spelling of the work chilli as part of their company name I fear there is a chance their good work may get lost in the internet search world. It took a couple of attempts to find their homepage originally but after the first taste of one of their sauces I never forgot. I hope this review has helped you find them

Check them out at http://www.thechillees.co.uk/ or on Twitter @thechillees

A Standard 140ml bottle of any of their sauces will set you back around £3.50 so there’s no excuse not to check them out.

Flavour
(9/10)
Heat
(7/10)
Packaging
(6/10)
Value (8/10)
Overall
(7/10)

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Below are the results of the UK entries into the World Hot Sauce, BBQ and Extreme Food Awards for 2015, the event is a USA organised competition with most entries from the USA as you would expect, but the UK did well with one first place, three second places and two third places.

Hot Sauce Division

Ultra Hot (Added Capcasium Extract Ingredient)

2nd Place – Grim Reaper Foods – EVIL ONE

Ultra Hot

3rd Place – The Unusual Chutney Company – Fiendfyre Hot Sauce

Medium

2nd Place – Chilli Drops – Miss Smokey Naha
3rd Place – The Happy Chilli Company – Vesuvius

Indian Style

1st Place – Mr Vikki’s – King Naga

Jam/Jelly Division

Specialty

2nd Place – Galloway Chillies – Chilli Burns

Congratulations to our winners (at least our list includes links to the winners?)

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