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The Chilli Pepper Company has been working on a new web site design and as part of it promotion you can now get 2 packs of free seeds by visiting the new sites and signing up for the mailing list also if you spend over £10.00 you can get a 15% discount using the discount code HOT2015.

The Chilli Pepper Company Free Seeds Offer

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Our friends at Sea Spring Seeds are running a competition that could end up with the winner holding a new Guinness World Record.

Spaghetti Chillies © Sea Spring SeedsTo enter this competition all you have to do is grow a chilli variety that produces very long pods. There are several varieties that are extremely long, and it is entirely up to you to decide which one to grow. However, Sea Spring Seeds recommends the best candidates as either Joe’s Long Cayenne and Spaghetti.

To enter is simple, when you think you have an extra long pod lay a measuring tape beside it and take a photograph. If the chilli is bent the tape must bend alongside. At the end of the year send in the photo of the longest pod.

One thing to remember is generally chilli plants produce bigger pods at the beginning of the season, so get photographing right from the start.

For more information visit Sea Spring Seeds

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Well here we are again planning for this year’s championships! I’m really looking forward to another exciting year. The Chilli Cook-off scene in the UK is really starting to grow and I can’t wait to get going again!

UK Chilli Cook Off

I have to say 2014 was an amazing year! Over 80 teams competed over 12 heats across the UK. The standard of the entries in each of the events really did astound me. The UK has an incredibly talented bunch of chilli chefs and it was an absolute pleasure meeting each and every one of them. Each of the heats produced very worthy winners and I congratulate them all again for the achievement of being the area champions! The 2014 final was held at the brilliant Upton Cheyney Chilli Festival. Although the UKCCA was founded in Reading, Upton Cheyney is fast becoming our spiritual home. In fact, for the second year in a row, I can confirm that the Grand Final of the 2015 UKCCA championships will again be held at the Upton Cheyney Chilli Festival on Sunday September 13th!

UK Chilli Cook Off

The 2014 final saw all of the heat winners battle one more time for the coveted prize of UK Chilli Cook-off Champion. The scoring was incredibly close, with Big Chef/Little Chef and Billy Franks coming within a whisker of the winning. The eventual winners though were the Wonky Donkey Monsters! Nick Latham and Robb Eadie were also champions in 2013 so it’s a remarkable achievement and shows the incredible consistency of their efforts. Robb and Nick flew out to Las Vegas in early November to compete in the Chilli section of the World Food Championships and incredibly they achieved 1st place in the People’s Choice Award!! This was an absolutely outstanding achievement, beating dozens of American teams at their own game! This really does go to show that the UK produces some of the best chilli in the world!!

2014 Winners - Wonky Donkey Monsters! Nick Latham and Robb Eadie

The 2015 championships are already upon us. The first event was at the Burton Chilli Festival in late November. We have plans for another dozen or so local heats this year, stretching out further than ever before to ensure more people can experience the fun and challenge of a Chilli Cook-off! We have several events confirmed already and we’ll be adding more in the next couple of months from London to Warrington and possibly all the way up to Scotland!

So, can you cook an amazing chilli con carne or vegetarian chilli or do you know a friend or family member who can? Here’s your chance to prove that you really can cook the best Chilli in the land and win some terrific prizes on the way!

Visit www.ukchillicookoff.co.uk to find out about our upcoming heats as well as the cook-off rules and judging criteria!

Best of luck to all the teams competing this year!!

JonUKCCA

PS – Do you have a fair or show coming up or would your company like something different to run as a team building activity? Chilli Cook-offs are great fun and will complement any event! The UKCCA can help you run your own Chilli cook-off and can even make it an officially sanctioned qualifier for the 2015 championships! Just go to www.ukchillicookoff.co.uk/content/contact-us and send us some details and we’ll call you straight back.

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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.

#ChilliHour

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.

P.S. Follow this link to find out when the next #chillihour is.

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