Well its been a busy weekend down in Brighton, I thought I would give you all a quick recap on what went on and what to expect next year!!
Fiery Foods UK Chilli Festival at Victoria Gardens
Myself and Mrs Naga arrived on site at around 7:30am on the saturday, I left Mrs Naga to setup the pitch for her company (www.gooeygrapplinggirls.co.uk) “3G” along with the Dunk tank (www.thedunktank.co.uk) and set off to talk to some stallholders!
Of course, seeing as I got there so blooming early I was stood around watching the stallholders setup whilst chatting to a few people including Karl from scorchio (www.scorchio.co.uk), Neil and Lawrence from Exchange coffee (www.exchangecoffee.com), Gaby (www.gabyshotstuff.co.uk), Tim and Lee from the cambridge chilli farm (www.cambridgechillifarm.co.uk), Mr singhs (www.mrsinghssauce.co.uk) and of course the lovely folks at Chillipepperpete(www.chillipepperpete.com).
After a while of chatting I soon realised that things were lifting up and the whole event was about to start so I grabbed a Naga Mocha from Exchange coffee and got my arse into gear helping 3G sort their stuff out and get things ready for the punters!
Amateur Sauce Competition
As the punters flooded in and settled down I went on another wander to see the lovely people from Type 40 toys and had a little chat to them before speaking to Miranda about the days events, as it turns out we were quite close to the “Amateur sauce” competition so I sat down with ChilliPepperPete himself and Ari Hirvonen who just happens to be the Finnish Naga Eating Champion! Well, after an hour or so of tasting and trying to decide who won what category it finally came down to these results:
- Best Presentation: Rack Of Pain – Russel Williams
- Best Heat: The Evil One – Russel Williams
- Best Name: The Sauce of life – Kathy Green
- Best Taste: Devilish relish – Karen Dishington
- Best in show: Burning Desire – Jason Stevens
Of Course on day 2 there were the Professional sauce awards, also known as the “National Chilli Awards”, I was joined on this day by Frank who is one of the organisers (http://www.fieryfoodsuk.co.uk/) and a cool guy named Tony who runs a chilli related blog (www.itisnotenoughforamantoknowhowtoride.blogspot.com) and the results were as follows:
Now those of you that go to the FFUK every year know full well that the main event has and always will be the chilli eating competition, videos from both the competitions on the weekend can be found here.
Usually there would only be 2 winners, one from both days but this year there were three, mainly due to the fact that on day 2 the two finalists would NOT give up, so the prize was split between them and they both walked away happy men ( well happy in the prize sense as I doubt their stomachs felt the same way!! The winners from both days were as follows:
- Day 1: Ari Hirvonen
- Day 2: Andy & Nakai
As always the FFUK 2010 festival was a resounding success and was indeed a very well organised event with plenty of people turning up (over 9,000) to view the shows and enjoy the sights, sounds and flavours of all the wonderful chilli products on sale! I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Miranda and Frank for organising such a momentous event and inviting me to be a judge! And a very special thankyou to Lisa and Arron for putting us up for the weekend, supplying myself and Mrs Naga with food, drink and Halo!!
I look forward to meeting you all next year and hopefully will see you all before then also, may the sauce be with you chillifanz!!!
Our great thanks to Photographer Lloyd Miller for the use of his pictures (Far better that the usual ones I take!!)