Hot Juan goes to Frome and the The Wessex Chilli Festival

by Hot Juan on October 11, 2010 · 0 comments

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A quick trip out the Frome yesterday for the Wessex Chilli Festival, which is the hard work of Matt from Simpson’s Seeds, now in it’s second year, the event have grown, with a good selection of suppliers and products for everyone.

Chilli Sauce Competition

Chilli Sauce Competition

Two new innovative ideas this year, a Chilli Sauce Competition that visitors got to vote on which sauces they liked best and a chance to name a new variety of Chilli. On entry to the event you are give a small coloured bead, which you can use to vote for your favourite sauce on a blind tasting table, the sauces are each in a bowl with a small plastic cup behind them that is used to collect the votes (Beads), next to each sauce is a list of ingredients, but no name, and you get to taste each sauce with a wooden coffee stirrer (The kind of thing you find in Starbucks). We home to let you know which sauce
was the winner as soon as it is announced.

My daughter and I had a couple of attempts to provide a name for the new Chilli variety, she went with “Aji Mary” as that is her name (she is almost 4) and I very unimaginatively went for Aji Lemon Pop.

We did get to try some great new sauces from Upton Cheyney Chilli Company, more on then very soon as we have bottles to review, and we also hope to do a write up on Jethro’s, who seem to have been around forever, but are still very active at events and shows support the independent retailers.

I was also very impressed with the range from the Dartmoor Chilli Farm, the quality of their range is always high, but I did not know they had such a wide range of products.

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