Some of you will have got your hands on a Dragon’s Egg made by Alf Turner Butchers using Chilli Pepper Pete’s Dragon’s Blood Original Mega Hot Sauce. Now, to celebrate the millionth Dragon’s Egg which is out there somewhere in the UK, Paul Turner, who won Dragon Peter Jones’s investment, is coming to Brighton’s Fiery Foods UK Chilli Fest to talk about what it’s really like in the Dragon’s Den, and to give away prizes aplenty on Saturday 19th September.
Chilli Pepper Pete has been collaborating with Alf Turner Butchers for 3 years and, to celebrate the millionth Dragon Egg, is running a competition. Just answer this simple question and the first three correct answers pulled out of the virtual hat will get a fabulous prize (including the Dragon’s Egg of course!). Entries to be sent to: email@example.com by 21st September.
How much Dragon’s Blood Original Mega Hot Sauce
has gone into 1 million Eggs?
The draw will take place on Tuesday 22nd September.
Note: This competition is being run and organised by Chilli Pepper Pete
Our friends at Sea Spring Seeds are running a competition that could end up with the winner holding a new Guinness World Record.
To 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
The Dorset Naga Challenge
For the last two years we grew a Dorset Naga plant that produced over 700 chillies.This year we wanted to see if we could do better, and just find out what a Dorset Naga plant is capable of producing. So, in May this year, we potted up three January-sown Dorset Naga plants.
They were selected from the batch of plants that we had raised for selling on, i.e. up to this point they had not had any special treatment. One plant went into a 160-litre pot, the other two went into 100-litre pots. The plants were kept in an unheated polytunnel, and watered and fertilised along with all our other plants.
At the same time we challenged other growers to see how many chillies they could get off their Dorset Naga plants. The rules were:
1. The plant must be a Dorset Naga
2. The plant must be sown in 2013
3. Only red fruit count
4. The fruit can be picked at any time, but records, e.g. harvesting records and photographs, must be kept – this competition is based on trust, but we don’t trust people to remember 100% accurately.
5. Deadline: 15th November 2013
We have offered a token prize of £15 worth of chilli seeds to the grower who harvests the most chillies off their plant. And if the winner beats us and gets more chillies than we do we will double the prize.
We will harvest our plants on 9th November, and are very pleased to announce that the Clifton Chilli Club has agreed to be the official observers to guarantee that the counts are accurate.
With just a month to go before the deadline, here is an update of our three Dorset Naga plants, which are now exactly 9 months old. The photos are of the three plants, but the video is of the one in the 160-litre pot, the largest by far.
Many thanks to the people that took time to enter the Great Dorset Chilli Festival Ticket Competition.
My 7 year old son Toby picked a name out of a hat and the winner was Helen R, I have contacted her tonight and hopefully she will follow the instructions given to her, otherwise the prize will go to the next person in the draw.
I will be there on the Sunday as I am judging the heat of the UK Chilli Cook Off so I may see you there.
To those that didn’t win, it is still an event worth visiting to stock up on your chilli supplies and enter some of the competitions although I have heard from the organisers that they have enough silly people willing to put themselves through the pain of the Chilli eating competition!
Please watch this space as we will have another competition very soon to win a skull edition version of the new 20 minute burn from the Chilli Pepper Company…