One of the great things about the UK chilli scene is the social interaction within the community. Be it face-to-face get-togethers at the various festivals throughout the growing season or online through social media platforms like Facebook or Twitter, individuals come together to share their enthusiasm for all things chilli.
Sheena Horner from Galloway Chillies, a regular contributor on social media, had interacted with other individuals on Twitter as part the #ScotFood hour, a regular chat session on Twitter that shared food & drink experiences in Scotland. Noticing the success of these events and being aware that there were many Twitter users across the spectrum who shared a common interest in chillies, Sheena thought a similar chilli themed chat session would be a great way for these enthusiasts to come together to share advice & knowledge. And thus #ChilliHour was born.
#ChilliHour has been running now for over a year and takes place on Twitter every third Monday in a month between 9-10pm (GMT). Each month there is a series of set questions covering a variety of chilli related topics such as growing, harvesting, cooking, and sourcing products. There’s also a good dose of humour too with past questions having covered more amusing topics such as chilli challenges & mishaps.
To participate in #ChilliHour all someone needs is a Twitter account. Users then simply follow the hosts for #ChilliHour (who tweet out the questions during the session) and ensure they add the hashtag #ChilliHour to their tweets. This allows other users to easily see all of the related tweets being posted & tagged ‘ChilliHour’ through use of the hashtag search feature in Twitter.
Whilst Sheena initially hosted the event herself, as user participation has grown during the year, so has the need for additional hosts.
The current hosts are:
• Sheena from Galloway Chillies (@Gallowaychilli)
• Myself (@Norn_IronMan)
• Ivor Davies from Bountiful Seeds (@Bountifulseeds)
• Chris Saunders (@TheLurch) and
• Lewis & Katie from The ChilliGeeks (@TheChilliGeeks)
It’s not essential to have an interest in chilli to participate in #ChilliHour but it can help. Neither is it necessary to be based in the UK, with users from American, The Republic of Ireland and France all participating regularly in #ChilliHour. #ChilliHour is simply about having an hour of lighted hearted social interaction on Twitter for all things chilli.
For more information about #ChilliHour visit Sheena’s Blog ChilliBabies, where each month she posts the latest questions. Suggestions for future topics or questions are always welcome too – just let any of the hosts know should you have any ideas.