The heatwave will continue into the first weekend of August, the 3rd & 4th, when the third Great Dorset Chilli Festival takes place in the relaxed surroundings of the Earl of Shaftesbury’s St Giles Park in stunning Cranborne Chase. The Park will be steaming with chilli farmers and chilli sauce makers displaying their produce. Chilli experts give talks on chilli plant growing, local chefs demonstrate recipes using chilli. Competitions, music, beer and cider, talks, interesting food (it’s not all hot!) and activities for the children.

header_logoAnd we have a pair of tickets up for grabs, read on for more details.

Chilli Cook Off Heat:

New this year is the the Dorset heat of the 2013 Chilli Cook-Off Championships (Sunday only). The Chilli cook-off is run by the UK Chilli Cook-off Association and is becoming a national phenomenon, all run in aid of the CLIC Sargent children’s cancer charity. Teams of amateur chilli chefs compete to cook the best chilli over a 4 hour period, with the winner taking a £250 cash prize and securing a place in the grand final in September where the winner will be sent to Las Vegas to compete for £25,000 prize!. This is serious competition, and with 9 teams entered so far the heat will be on.

Each team’s combination of spices is a closely guarded secret, as is the method of cooking. Often a team will have a special secret ingredient, which may surprise you if you found out what it is.

The Chilli Plant competition:

Sponsored by chilli and vegetable seeds specialists Simpsons Seeds in Wiltshire has also been immensely popular, with over 70 people applying in February for a pack of free chilli seeds in order to germinate their plants in good time for the competition. There are two classes this year, an open class and a class for the Numex Twilight variety; a striking ornamental chilli developed by the University of New Mexico. Judging takes place on Saturday and the winner of each class takes home a handsome trophy. For many, the highlight will be the chilli-eating competition taking place each afternoon, where contestants subject themselves to rounds of increasingly hot chillies, with the last man, or woman, standing winning the competition.

Chilli plant exhibition:

We will exhibit over 30 varieties of prime specimen chilli plants which were recently exhibited at Hampton Court Flower Show by Joy Michaud of Sea Spring Seeds where she won a Bronze Flora award. Joining us at the festival for the first time will be local chefs Luke Stuart of White Pepper Cookery School and Julia Cotton of Julia’s Kitchen Cookery School who along with regulars Mat Follas of The Wild Garlic Restaurant in Iwerne Minster and Mark Hartstone of La Fosse Restaurant in Cranborne will be giving cooking demonstrations using chillies. Other speakers include Joy Michaud of Sea Spring Seeds in West Bexington who developed the famous Dorset Naga chilli, which was once crowned the world’s hottest chilli, and Matt Simpson of Simpsons Seeds.

Once again we will be running the chilli sauce competition for professional producers, judged by the public, which offers a small taste of the huge range of sauces, jams, chutneys and pickles on sale from the enthusiastic stalls holders.

Throughout the weekend there will be falconry flying displays, fire juggling, face painting, tree climbing, performances by Alfredo the Magician, bouncy castles and the opportunity to have your caricature drawn.

Other attractions include live musical performances by Big Joe Bone, steel band Pantasy, gipsy jazz with Petites Annonces and local skiffle band Quinns Quinny. Local beers and ciders will be on offer and hot food stalls have been selected to showcase the best of popular local and international cuisine.

The event is open from 10am to 5pm both days

Dogs on leads are welcome

There is no camping available

Reduced advanced tickets available online at before noon 29th July

Now we have a pair of tickets to give away to either day of the festival. To be in with a chance of winning these tickets, all I need you to do is comment on this article with your name, simple as that.

You will find that to place a comment, you will have to give a valid email address, this will be the email I will use to email the winner. It will not be visible on your post. The competition is open until next Tuesday 30th July at midday, and the winners email address will be passed to the organisers so they can email the tickets to you.

Email addresses given will not be used for any other purpose or passed on to any other organisations.

All those who add their name as a comment to this post will be put in a hat and a winner will be chosen by my 7 year old son on Tuesday. Good luck!


Do you fancy winning a gift set from Heirloom Sauces, the makers of the growing range of Gran Luchito products? Well we have teamed up to bring an exclusive competition to win one of two gift sets of the following:

Gran Luchito Smoked Chilli Paste, Gran Luchito Smoked Chilli Honey and Gran Luchito Smoked Chilli Mayo.

Gran Luchito Gift Set

We have previously reviewed the Smoked Chilli Paste here and achieved a very respectable 9/10. We do currently have the other two in this set in for review at the moment.

To be in with a chance of winning you will need to be subscribed to our Monthly Newsletter before the end of June. I will be sending out June’s Newsletter which will contain the link required to enter the competition. This will be the only time and place the link will be published.

You can subscribe to our Newsletter by clicking the Newsletter tab at the top of the homepage.

These products are available to buy from a few online retailers including Hot-Headz

So keep your eyes on your inbox during the first couple of days of July.

*Please note Heirloom Sauces are running this competition, terms and conditions will apply, details in newsletter.


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.



As the majority of readers here are from the UK and Europe, you may not have heard of Motor City Barbecue, based in Detroit in the USA, they are a fairly new sauce company and are keen to spread their wings into Europe and the UK.

484837_493204710741618_2112026167_nThey currently have 3 handmade sauces in their range,  Holy Smoke Barbecue Sauce which uses Bhut Jolokia. Original Recipe which has no chilli in it, and Scorpion which contains Trinidad Scorpion Butch T Chillies. Now Steve Kinkela who runs Motor City Barbecue has created a 4th Barbecue sauce, which is the hottest of all using Bhut Jolokia. Trinidad Scorpion Butch T’s and Habaneros!.

This is currently going by the name “Name the Flame”.

This is because he is running a planetwide competition to come up with a name for this sauce and is encouraging UK/European readers to enter the contest. Here at Chilefoundry we have not tasted these sauces yet, I believe review bottles of the sauces are winging their way to us as we speak, but we know a man who has tried them and specifically the “Name the Flame” sauce, so below is Ted Barrus to explain a little more about the competition and the prize you could win if your name is chosen by Steve.

So there you have it, the entry form and rules are on the website which can be found here

Entries must be in by the end of February so get thinking and as Ted mentioned in the video and the text, please do not submit any names relating to the Devil or offensive titles, as this is a Christian company and any entries submitted falling into these categories will be disqualified.

So be creative and you could win a package from Motor City Barbecue and some other goodies from Ted “the fire breathing idiot” Barrus himself.


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