Mrs Chutney reports on the Shoreham by Sea Chilli Fest – Sunday July 10th 2011

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We set off on Sunday to travel the 88 miles to Shoreham by Sea and were very much looking forward to the first ever chilli event to be held at this location; it was also our Canadian friend’s baptism to the chilli fiesta scene.

1½hrs later we arrived, the sun was shining and we found a parking space with relative ease. When we reached Coronation Green we were very surprised at the size of this Chilli Festival, maybe we have been spoilt in the past by attending the likes of West Dean; Bennington; Waddesdon; Fiery Foods and the recent Father’s Day Chilli Fiesta at the Mansion House in Biggleswade, organised by Jo and Shawn at Edible Ornamental!

A small event, but well attended

A small event, but well attended

We were somewhat surprised to see only about 15 stalls in evidence and as you can imagine it didn’t take us long to visit them all:

      • Aunty Jee’s were doing a good trade, there was a constant flow of eaters and we thoroughly enjoyed the huge stuffed chilli at a very affordable £2.50 each
      • RedWolf were also doing a roaring trade but sadly they had sold out of the chilli beer
      • Mama Tops looked happy and posed for us to take a pic

        Mana Tops

        Mana Tops

      • Velsi’s hot pickles were also busy with people sampling the wares
      • Battle Cider had willing takers to quench their thirst and we partook of the chilli cider but I’m afraid it did not hit the spot with me or my companions, we would have preferred it with fresh chilli, not powder, sorry guys!
      • MKS Olives, well you have to get some olives from here don’t you it’s like an institution but I resisted the temptation to buy Baklava this time
      • Nut Knowle Farm – quite a busy stall this one and we all purchased some of his wares especially the chilli goats cheese
      • Chilli Factor appeared to have quite a few people at his stall
      • Pure Chocolate – again this appeared to have a steady flow of people and the guy was very charming. His truffles looked beautiful and we purchased a small box of those and some chilli biscuits made with hazelnuts and chilli chocolate
      • Facing Heaven Chilli Co – fab chilli products. One of the radio presenters went a lovely puce colour after sampling a tiny amount of Dark Star…I felt for him!
      • Cardariummm – Chilli  sauces and relishes

        Calderiummm

        Calderiummm

      • The chilli plant stall couldn’t see a name on this one so I’m only presuming that it could have been Devil’s Disciples. Disappointing as all the established plants were for display purposes only and only the tiny plants of approx. 5-6” were for sale
      • Bubba Grills – great guys, fab food and extremely busy. They had sold out of most all of their produce which speaks for itself. We had some lovely roasted jalapeños and the corn-on-the-cob with lime and chilli sounded delicious
      • The Waffle Bar – as to be expected on a hot day they were very busy and we rounded off our visit to Shoreham with a Chilli Vanilli made especially for the occasion…and very tasty it was too
      • Piu Pizza – Fresh pizza cooked in a wood fired Pizza oven

That finished our trip to Shoreham Chilli Festival, everyone there was having a good time soaking up the sunshine, eating and drinking and I hope that it will be repeated next year and more vendors will give it a go and be in attendance.

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