The Upton Cheyney Chilli Company – New Chilli Farm Tour & Tasting Experience

by Thelurch on November 22, 2012 · 0 comments

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The small hamlet of Upton Cheyney, in the hills near Bath is firmly marking itself on the map with its own Chilli Farm, The Upton Cheyney Chilli Company, which has also held a hugely successful Chilli Festival for the last 4 seasons, and new for 2013, there is a Tour of the Chilli Farm and Tasting Experience available. There are only a handful of commercial Chilli growers in the UK and as far as I am aware, this will be only one of two doing tours for the public.

Alex Duck and the team run the Chilli farm and here is Alex to explain the format of the tour;

Starting in our ancient and beautiful Tithe Barn, built in the 1600’s and the perfect sheltered spot in which to welcome you to the Upton Cheyney Chilli Farm, we will discuss chillies and their importance to us, as one of only a handful of UK chilli farmers.

From here we take a short walk to the Chilli Farm itself where you’ll harvest pods from the commercial growing areas whilst admiring the more exotic species that we have growing in our Simpson Seeds show tunnel. Using equipment supplied by GreenHouse Sensations, we will demonstrate a variety of growing medias including hydroponics, and self watering systems. Furthermore, we will be confronted with some of the hottest chillies known to man in the Hot Headz tunnel, whilst learning how chillies are grown across the world in the Bart Ingredients tunnel.

Smoking chillies is one of our specialities and here, in the tunnel area, we will demonstrate this process.

We’ll fill our bags with pods, and head on to the farm shop kitchen, demonstrating how we process the pods into our range of finished products.

Back at the Tithe Barn we’ll use our unique tasting technique to sample the chillies collected. This technique does not completely eliminate the heat, but does calm it, allowing the taster to appreciate the various flavours of each pod. Here you’ll also have the opportunity to sample our product range, including our award-winning sauces and chocolates, chilli cider and oils followed with a question & answer session.

Tours operate on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from mid July until the end of October, lasting approximately 1½ hours. Spaces on each tour are limited – you’ll need to pre-book the date and session in advance. Tour vouchers are priced at £25 per visitor or £40 per couple, with group bookings of 10 or above qualifying for discounts. Private group bookings are welcome.

You will be outside for some of the tour and we recommend that you wear suitable clothing – a working farm can get very muddy in wet conditions. We’re sorry but the tour is not suitable for wheelchair users.

You’re welcome to spend the entire day on the farm, where we also have a cafe, butchery and farm shop – or why not stay a little longer as we’ve our own campsite! For those seeking out extreme luxury in a unique setting, why not book one of our pre-pitched, Moroccan themed Bell Tents! For more information about our camping & glamping”

So there you go, the direct link to buy a voucher is here

I have visited the farm on a couple of occasions now and Alex is a natural host and knows his Chilli’s but I challenge you to book and try to catch him out!

Alex informs me that as a special for Chilefoundry readers, once you have bought your voucher, mention the words “SECRET SQUIRREL” to him and he will issue you a 15% refund!

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