Here we have a new addition to the Chilli Festival Events for 2013, being held at Holker Hall, Cark-in-Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria. Here are the guys to give more information:

“We are delighted to be organising a Chilli Festival at Holker Hall on the weekend of the 28th & 29th September 2013. Holker Hall and Gardens is a fantastic venue, with a track record of holding successful events ranging from our annual Garden Festival with crowds of over 20,000 to our popular local producers markets.

We are being assisted by The Chilli Pepper Company Ltd to establish this as a successful event, following their previous involvement with the Lakes Chilli Festival held at nearby Levens Hall.(Please note we have been informed by the owners of Levens Hall that the event will no longer be held there due to parking/traffic movement issues in bad weather).

We are arranging a two day Festival with entertainment, cookery demonstrations, chilli eating competition and children’s activities.We are inviting specialist chilli companies from around the country, local specialist food suppliers and a range of on-site catering featuring cuisines from around the world.

We are experienced at handling and parking large numbers of vehicles and all the stalls will be located on hard standing to try and make provision, as far as possible, for any poor weather.  Unfortunately we cannot offer camping facilities.

Entrance will be £6 per adult with free entry for children in order to maximise numbers, discounted advance tickets will also be available through our website.

There is a great demand for an event of this kind in the North West and we look to build on the previous success in Cumbria.

Space is limited so if you would like to book a stall please contact us at or call 015395 58328


It may be more than a year away but better get the dates in your diary but the team behind & are delighted to announce the return of a chilli festival to the lakes after a few years absence.

To be held at Dalemain Mansion & Historic gardens over the weekend of the 2nd & 3rd of august 2014,  The New lakes Chillifest promises to bring the heat back to the lakes and Cumbria.

Aerial DalemainOrganiser Mark Deakin said “We really missed coming over to the lakes for the chilli festival and it was a really great event not just for the local traders but also the chilli community as a whole.

So after the success of our North East event we decided to start looking for venues in the lakes and came across the amazing Dalemain mansion, the owners Mr & Mrs McCosh who actually live in the house were keen to push this forward and we are delighted to be able to secure this amazing Place as the venue for The Lakes Chilli fest 2014″

Local Chilli producer Mr Vikkis said “the lakes has been sorely missing a chilli festival and we are delighted that 2014 will see the return of what promises to be a fantastic event to The Lakes “

For further info please contact


Now where can you enjoy a Fruity Frog and a Horny Goat? Well, of course where else but at Simpson’s Seeds Day of Fire and Spice this Saturday, May 25th at the Walled Garden Nursery in Horningsham.

The family run business specialises in all things chilli, but on this very special day they will be hosting some of the West Country’s finest spice traders, including the Upton Cheyney Chilli Company who are from Bath, with their chilli sauces, oils and chocolates, from Herefordshire, Ambalamba Spices and East Woodlands based Deer’s Leap Chillies, all the guests have won awards for the tasty treats.

mattsimpsonThe company has produced a huge range of chilli plants for sale on the day, following the company’s motto of “putting flavour first”. Last summer, the ‘Horny Goat’ won best mild chilli sauce, there are many others availiable on the day, for those wanting very hot, there is a special one called ‘Sillius Soddus’. Matt’s sauces have proved to be a real winner, with some of them gaining appreciation society pages on facebook! 

That sauce is Megalodon, which has been reviewed here.

Simpson’s Seeds are located in the old kitchen gardens at Longleat, but don’t go into Longleat to get there, the entrance is through the village of Horningsham.
More directions can be found on the Simpsons Seeds website


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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