Hot Juan

This years Great Taste Awards have produced a large crop of winners for products based on or flavoured with chilli. Sadly only one as far as we could find was a 3 start winner, but some exceptional products have won 2 and 1 start awards (18 two Star Awards and over 100 one star awards). I believe Mr Vikki’s now has now over the years won awards for all his products

Maybe it is time we had a UK awards scheme just for the UK chilli producers, that worked in a similar way.

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** Star Winners

* Star Winners

You can see a complete list of winder this year at Why not enter your products next year?


This August why not take a drip to sunny Dorset and how about visiting Sea Spring Seeds, the home of the Dorset Naga, and take a look at their nursery, talk to them about their seed trails.

Sea Spring Seeds

Michael and Joy Michaud are some of the most knowledgeable growers of chillies you will find, they are also happy to help answer any question you may have (I have asked a lot). They also have a great selection of seeds you can buy ready for next year or why not a few plants already covered with chillies.

The Drop-in days are every Wednesday in August 2015 (5th, 12th, 19th and 26th) between 10:30am and 9:00pm so set your GPS for DT2 9DD (Sea Spring Seeds, West Bexington, Dorchester, Dorset. DT2 9DD. Phone 01308 897898 email or

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Chilli Fiesta 2015This year was the 20th anniversary West Dean Chilli Fiesta, I had my first stall at the 18th, and but for a very few have been to most of them since then, we have not had a stall for a few years. I think our thanks must go to Jim Buckland and Sarah Wain who co-founded the Chilli Fiesta and without whom we would not have such the thriving UK chilli market.

The event this year was again over 3 days, we visited on what was one very hot and busy day, the event has grown and now with more campers and a extended nights entertainment with the main stage being open till 9pm and then thins move to the Cabaret Tent till 11pm. The Sunday is a little shorter with the main stage closing at 7:30pm and the Cabaret tent finishing at 9pm. The produce stalls all close at 6pm expect for the food stall around the main stage area

Display Chillies at West Dean 2015There is lots to see during the day with live music on the main stage starting at noon, as well can lots of cookery demonstrations and gardening chat sessions, if you are unlucky enough to do to the glass houses you can still see some pages from my book, The Hot Book of Chillies, being used as part of the display.. it is getting a bit old now, but hopefully they will use some of the new books pages next year..

With nearly 180 stalls, not all selling chilli products this event is the biggest in the UK, you can see around 250 different varieties of chillies.

We had a great day out visiting all our old friends and seeing some new additions to the event including. Mushemi Fire, Thousand Hills, TTaste, East Coast Chilli Company and Barfoots Sorry if we have missed out any other new arrivals.

We cannot recommend this event more highly, make sure it is on your list for next year.


Chilli Events this week

by Hot Juan on August 4, 2015 · 0 comments

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5th August 2015 – Felbrigg Hall Chilli Fiesta

Felbrigg Hall is a National Trust property, so as well as the chilli Fiesta there will be a lot to see, it is described as one of the most elegant country houses in East Anglia. Address:- Felbrigg, Norwich, Norfolk, NR11 8PR

7th – 9th August 2015 – West Dean Chilli Fiesta

Chilli Fiesta 2015This is one of my favourite events on the chilli calendar and the first event we had a stall at and this year is extra special as it is the 20th Anniversary event, you can see around 250 different variesties of chilli being grown in the 13 Victorian glass houses. There are expected to be over 180 stalls, making this the largest chilli event by far.

8th – 9th August 2015 – The Cheese and Chilli Festival Winchester

This is a new event this year in Winchester and it an expansion of the original event held last year in Christchurch (There are now three events in the group, with events in Basingstoke (June), Christchurch (July) and now Winchester (Aug)). So what can be better than Chillies, Cheese and also a beer festival from the amazing Ringwood Brewery!


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