Benington Lordship Chilli Festival 2011 – In Pictures

by David Kelly on September 8, 2011 · 1 comment

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The 6th annual Chilli Festival took place in the beautiful grounds of Benington Lordship, in the village of Benington, near Stevenage on the 28th and 29th August.

Bennington Lordship 2011

Bennington Lordship 2011

Thankfully the British weather was much more favourable over the bank holiday weekend this year and there was no repeat of the torrential downpours or strong winds encountered last year that resulted in some stall marquees getting damaged.

No surprise then that, given this good weather, the grounds were very busy and crowds of visitors of all ages were walking around perusing at the stalls. With 40+ stall present, there was a good variety of stalls selling all sorts of chilli-wares: sauces & pickles, seeds & plants, hot / cold food stuffs and lots of other chill related merchandise.

Unsurprisingly given that I arrived at the festival around lunchtime, the hot food stalls were extremely busy with long queues. On offer was a wide variety of delicious food stuffs such as Indian & Sri Lankan curries, Jamaican Jerk chicken, filled jalapeños, chilli dogs & burgers.

For those whose like things sweeter there were even stalls selling a variety of chilli chocolate based products and I was able to sampled the delights of a fresh Jalapeno chilli dipped in a combination of white, milk and dark chocolate – very nice!

Among the 40+ stalls were:

Sinful Sauces –
Producers of the very popular “7 Deadly Sins” range of sauces, as well as some spreads and pickles. Launched at the festival was their new “Scotch Bonnet & Pomegranate pickle” (review due soon)

Cambridge Chilli Farm –
Makers of a wide range of chilli sauces, jellies and relishes made from home-grown chillies. Launched at the festival was their new blackberry & chilli jelly (review due soon)

Mr Vikki’s –
A small bespoke Indian Fusion pickle producer based in the Lake District.

Spicy Monkey –
Handmade curry pastes, spice mixes and marinades

David’s Chilli Oil –
Medium and hot intensely flavoured chilli oil

Fat Man Chilli –
Producers of a range of chilli sauces, relish and jellies (reviews due soon)

Chilli Pepper Pete –
Family run business selling a wide range of sauces, oils, pickles and more

Fire Foods –
Family business based in Grantham Lincolnshire, who make an extensive range of chilli products: sauces, ale, relishes, jellies and other food stuffs.
If you a chilli-head and a Marmite fan then you’ll love their “Firemite” sauce, so called because of the obvious use of yeast extract in the sauce.

Scorchio –
Online stockist of chilli sauces, marinades, salsa dressings, rubs, dips and relishes from around the world.

Fallen Angel Brewery –
Sussex based microbrewery producing chilli beers ‘Fire in the hole’ and ‘Black Death Chilli’. Alas I was unable to sample these beers having driven to the festival, however other chilli heads present confirmed that not only did the beers taste great but they had a mighty fine chilli kick to go with it.

Rico Picante –
Small company run by Peruvian siblings making chilli sauces with home grown Peruvian chillies and to family recipes

Meahs Flavours of India Ltd –
Manufacturers of fresh handmade chilled curry sauces

I found that there was a really great atmosphere at the festival: keen chilli-heads were able to ‘talk shop’ with the friendly staff on the stalls, non’s chilli-heads were able to relax and wander around the grounds, whilst kids enjoyed having fun rolling down the grassy banks.

Feedback from many of the stalls was that it was a very successful event for them, which is positive proof that interest in chillies / chilli products is thriving in UK.

This was a very popular chilli festival and definitely worth a visit next year!

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