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Do you make and sell a chilli product that could win an award?

The Chilli Jam Man - Winner at the National Chilli Awards

Why not enter it in the National Chilli Awards the categories are as follows:-

  • Best Chilli Jam
  • Best Chilli Pickle or Mustard
  • Best Chilli Drink (Non Alcoholic & Alcoholic)
  • Best Chilli Chocolate or Confectionery
  • Best Chilli BBQ Sauce / Wing Sauce / Marinade
  • Best Chilli Snack
  • Best Chilli Oil
  • Best Chilli Rub or Spice Blend
  • Best Chilli Dip / Mayonnaise / Salsa
  • Best Mild Hot Sauce (Non Extract)
  • Best Medium Hot Sauce (Non Extract)
  • Best Super Hot Sauce (Non Extract)
  • Best Extreme Hot Sauce (With Extract)
  • Best New Chilli Product of 2015
  • Best UK Chilli Shop (Retail & Online)
  • Best UK Chilli Grower / UK Chilli Farm

The main rules are simple:-

  1. You can only enter 1 product per category. To enter each category there is a charge of £15.00 and the supply of 2 sauces to be used as tasters. Please make sure that your product is entered in the right category. The organisers can move the entry to a different category at their own discretion if required. Entries with samples must be sent by 11th September 2015 to: Fiery Foods UK Ltd. 17, Lodge Close, Portslade, Brighton. BN41 2PZ.
  2. Each product will be tasted blind by a panel of judges who will taste separately and make their own decision before coming to a decision as a group. The judges’ decision is, of course, final.
  3. BEST UK CHILLI SHOP and GROWER categories may receive entries by the named company or by nomination from another company. The entry must be accompanied by supporting written evidence (website, photos, affidavits, etc)
  4. The announcement of the winners in each category will take place at the award ‘ceremony’ at 2pm on Saturday 20th Sept.
  5. Winners will receive a trophy and certificate plus prominent display and promotion on the Fiery Foods web site, any media exposure that may result, plus artwork to put onto product labels.

For more detail and to download an entry form please visit

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Galloway Chillies Needs a Van and is seeking funding via an Indiegogo campaign. They are trying to raise £7500 and for your pledge of funds there are some significantly hot chilli perks to be had.

Galloway Chillies

But who is Galloway Chillies and Why do they need a Van

Galloway Chillies is a small business based in South West Scotland (not far from Wigtown – Scotland’s National Book Town). They grow chilli plants, from the mild through to the super hot, and produce a range of chilli based preserve products for sale to trade and direct to customers.

They are passionate about seasonal and local produce. The ingredient sourcing policy has a strong emphasis on seasonal and locally grown produce. They are so passionate about local produce that we are growing over 100 varieties of chillies this year, they even have lemons growing in there poly tunnel in Scotland! Now who says that Scotland is too cold?

They now need a van to help them expand the business, a van will let them transport what they need to show and events. not just stock, but tables and even a popup canopy.

Crowdfunding and the perks

As of today (August 22nd) they have raised £1,460 from 40 different funders of the £7500 they need, but they still have 50day left to go to get to the target. If you contribute to their fund raising you don’t just doing for the love of chillies and that warm feeling you get helping a fellow human.. There are perks for helping.

Funding Perks include:-

  • £10 – Gets you a couple of jars of chilli preserves and a personal thank you card.
  • £25 – Bags you five jars of chilli preserves and a personal thank you card.
  • £50 – Ten jars of chilli preserves and a jar of Chilli Burns and that personal thank you card.
  • £100 – Lots more goodies
  • £250 – Even more chilli goodies

There is a lot more information on the funding page on Indiegogo page so why not support one of our UK artisan chilli growers/producers and pick up some excellent preserves for just being such a nice person.


This weekend we have two Chilli Festivals

The Oxfordshire Chilli Festival Saturday 15th August in the Market place, Abingdon on Thames

Last year this event was awarded the “Best New UK Chilli Festival 2014 by the Clifton Chilli Club in their People’s Choice Awards.

Barnet Chilli Festival Saturday 15th August in Barnet London.

The Barnet event is free to enter and takes place at The Spires, 111 High Street, Barnet. EN5 5XY. Gates open at 10am and close at 5pm.

Please follow the links in the headlines to find more information about these events, for more events during 2015 why not visit our events directory.

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You may have read in the national press about the Komodo Dragon that is being commercially grown in Bedfordshire by Salvatore Genovese who is one of the UK largest suppliers of fresh chillies to the supermarkets.

Salvatore Genovese and the Komodo Dragon (Image © Tesco) Salvatore Genovese and the Komodo Dragon (Image © Tesco)

The Komodo Dragon is reported to come in at 1.4M SHU (Scoville Heat Units) and is expected to retail at £1 for a 45g pack, and will be on the shelves in 500 Tesco branches until November.

Originally a specialist cucumber grower Salvatore Genovese took over his parents business and started growing chillies 15 years ago, the business has now grown to the point at which they harvest about 1 million pods per week (that is about 15 tonnes) just for the UK.

The Hottest chilli tested in the UK was the Katie grown by Matt Simpson of seed company Simpson Seeds that provisional tests results puts at 1,590,000 SHU

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