May 2013

The first thing I noticed about the Beast of Dartmoor Hot Chilli Sauce from Phil and Kay Palmer of Dartmoor Chilli Farm was its bold packaging; I love the contrast of the black and red background, the striking white font and last but not least the menacing black beast with its red eyes and sharp white teeth.

The back of the label tells the buyer how it was produced. The four crucial points are as follows:

  • Homegrown Chillies
  • No Pesticides
  • No Herbicides
  • Green-Energy Farm

I was really happy to read this as these days there are so many artificial, mass made products on the market I sometimes dread to think what goes in my food!

Opening the bottle I am greeted with the sweetness of the apples, along with the sharpness of the cider vinegar and the bite of Naga Chillies. It has a great punchy flavour and the use of the apples and cider vinegar compliments the Naga chilli and creates a sauce which is different to the norm.

I found it went really well with potato wedges although I normally prefer a thicker dipping sauce its great flavour made me comprise my usual demand for a thicker consistency.


Red Peppers, Apples, Sugar, Tomatoes, Naga Chillies, (8%) Cider Vinegar, Tomato Juice, Lemon Juice, Citric Acid

The website says the following about the sauce:

 Made with Bhut Jolokia chillies this has a serious kick yet still leaves your taste buds able to enjoy the tomatoes, sweet peppers and bramley apples.

I couldn’t agree more with this statement, it really sums up what the sauce is all about. It has that instant hit of chilli but is combined with these lovely flavours which are enhanced by the chilli whilst not being overpowered by it.

I can see why this product is the best selling of all the Dartmoor Chilli Farm Products,

To find out more check out the Dartmoor Chilli Farm where this is available to buy for £4 or as part of their 3 for £10 offer

(This product was first reviewed by us in 2010, but with the old label design)

Value (7/10)



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Alex and Louise Duck from The Upton Cheyney Chilli Company are once again opening the gates of their Chilli Farm on the 7th September to hordes of chilli fans from around the country for food, music, chilli eating competitions, cider and camping.

But if you are really lucky you could win the use of one of the Bell Tents for 3 nights of luxurious glamping over the festival weekend. All the other Bell Tents have already been booked up for the festival. These tents sleep up to 6 people and coupled with this comes 6 entry tickets to the evening party.


For your chance to win a stay in one of the luxurious Moroccan themed Bell Tents over the weekend of the Chilli Festival (as well as SIX adult tickets to the evening party of the event), you need to visit the Upton Cheyney Chilli Company web page and buy as many tickets as you want. They are £3 per ticket.

This prize is being offered by the local village Pub, the Upton Inn who will email your ticket numbers and then post out the physical tickets.

A share of the profits will be dontated to the official charity of the festival, CLIC (Cancer & Leukemia in Children) for which Alex is also cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats in June, some 1000 miles, good luck Alex!

The grand prize draw is due to take place at the Upton Putter (a charity based golf event organised by the Upton Inn) on the evening of July 26th July.



April started with a little April Fools joke article about super hot chillies being banned which seemed to get the Chilli world talking and managed to trick a few people, apologies for that. This month also saw the Chilli festival season kick off with the Blackpool Chilli Festival, it is all go now until late September.

If you are still planning which Chilli Festival to visit then take a look at our events guide which has all of the main events happening listed in one handy place. You can find it here.

So as the sun is shining, the plants are growing, here are the articles published in April.

News & General Information:


Chilli Event Reviews:

This Newsletter is sponsored by Hot-Headz

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Made In Hackney are a community kitchen in Hackney, East London and believe that everyone should have access to nutritious locally grown food that’s good for people and planet. Through their courses and pay-by-donation workshops they are teaching Londoners the skills for a sustainable food future.

Workshops cover everything from bread making, preserving, pickling, foraging, food growing and home composting. Viva la local!

They have a workshop coming up called ‘Some Like it Hot’ on Saturday 11th May, which teaches people how to use chillis is different ways. They use the fee from these sessions to fund healthy cookery courses for socially excluded people so all the money goes back into the pot to help more people.

Love the hot and spicy flavours of international cuisine? Interested in how to localise international dishes? Then this is the workshop is for you. This one day master class led by whole foods chef Lou Beegan will teach you how to make a host of international hot and spicy seasonings, sauces and dips from scratch.

The workshop will cover:

  • Jamaican jerk
  • Lebanese yoghurt sauce
  • Tunisian harissa
  • Italian pesto with a kick
  • Spicy hummus and guacamole
  • How to preserve your seasonings and herbs
  • Take home recipe sheets and hand-outs

The Fee: *£65 (inc a free organic lunch)

*This fee is used to fund our program of free courses to vulnerable and low-income community groups

Date: Saturday 11th May 2013 Time: 11am-3.30pm

Location: Made In Hackney, Food For All Basement, Cazenove Rd, Stoke Newington, London, N16 6PA

To book a place email: 02084424266

Regretfully the kitchen is not wheelchair accessible


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