The Eastnor Castle Chilli Festival Report

by Hot Juan on May 8, 2012 · 5 comments

in General Information

Entrance to The Eastnor Castle Chilli Festival

Entrance to The Eastnor Castle Chilli Festival

What a great location for an event, Eastnor Castle may be a modern castle, it was originally built between 1810 and 1824, so has not seen the bloody battles etc, but apart from the fact it is not a ruin, it is just what every child thinks a castle would look like with its impressive entrance gatehouse  opening up into a court yard and the castle.

From the stall holders point of view everything looked very well organised, the stalls all around the outside of the courtyard facing in leaving a large area in the middle  for the visitors to mingle. The only slight problem was the number of visitors which seemed to have been a few more that they expected, the parking while spacious, was not well organised and caused tailbacks on the road leading to the castle, while at the entry point to the event they has undermanned the ticket sales, I think from arrival at the parking to entry was about 40 minutes for us.. But all that is forgiven by the location and next year they will be experienced at the number of people who turn up for chillies.

I did my normal and started at the first stall and worked my way around the courtyard, meeting a few old friends and a few new business at their first chilli event, below you will find pictures of all the stall, sorry if I missed you out.

So what was new, well almost every stand had something new for this year, some of which we have for review, other will be arriving shortly, a few highlights while I can still remember –

Churros and Chocolate

Churros and Chocolate

Event food was well served, it does not seem to matter how many food stall you have there are always people queuing up. Sonia tested the Free Range Chicken & Mango Korma from Mangorays followed by some Churros and Chocolate both of which come now hight recommend, unfortunately all I got was the last churros and a drop of the chocolate sauce, maybe next event I will just report on the catering.

On the lower terrace was a small stage for the music and a cooking demonstration marquee and finally appearing in the main courtyard was a very entertaining Juggler and Fire Eater.

Juggler and Fire Eater

Juggler and Fire Eater

We did a speedy look around the house that seems to be packed with armour and other historic artefacts, and well worth visiting at a more leisurely pace.  Now there is lots I have left out about the location, mainly due to the fact I did not get to see it all, but from all accounts the grounds and lake are well worth a walk around, they have a maze, junior assault course, a children’s adventure playground, as well as the essential Tea rooms and Ice Cream Parlour.

What was missing was probably a plants stall, it is a busy time for growers with lots of plug plants to ship, but I think they could a sold well, and on that vein chilli seeds would go well with that, there is lots of room for expansion and I look forward to a bigger a better event next year.

Location
(9/10)
Parking and Entry
(4/10)
Stalls
(8/10)
Value
(8/10)
Overall
(7/10)

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avatar Jamie Sythes May 8, 2012 at 5:34 pm

You take such flattering pictures of me!

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avatar Hot Juan May 8, 2012 at 5:37 pm

I try my best, must be the hat?

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avatar Phil Palmer May 8, 2012 at 11:41 am

We took 200 plants but assumed there would be other vendors offering similar products.
However no-one else was offering plants, so by 12pm on the first day, they had all gone!!

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avatar Hot Juan May 8, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Sorry I missed them but 200 plants in an hour is good going, well done/

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