Dartmoor Chilli Farm

Devon chilli fiesta - 9 - 10 MayOn the 9th and 10th of May 2015 between 10am and 4pm each day you can visit the second Devon Chilli Fiesta at the RHS Garden Rosemoor in partnership with the Dartmoor Chilli Farm.

They hope to have over 30 stalls from UK chilli producers selling a complete range of chilli related products as well as talks, cookery demonstrations, special guests, music, dancing and children’s activities including free face painting.

Entry is free to RHS members, else normal admissions fee apply.

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It is not everyday a new chilli shop opens in the UK, but today is Friday the 13th March 2015 and All Things Chilli opened its doors in Bournemouth.

Dorset Chilli Shop Bournmouth

They are stocking some of the best products available in the UK including products from:- Hot Headz, Chilli Jam Man, Wiga Wagaa Chillis, Red Hot Chilli Fella, Flamin’Hotstuff, Galloway Chillies, Dorset PopCorn Co, The Upton Cheyney Chilli Co, South Devon Chilli Farm, Burning Desire Foods, Dr Burnoriums extraordinary Psycho Range, Mr Vikki’s, Timmy’s Chillies, Prices Spices, Happy Chilli Co, The Chilli Pepper Co, Dartmoor Chilli Farm, Suzy Sweet Tooth Chilli Fudge, Windy ridge Cheese, Leopard Dairy Cheese, Snowdonia Cheese Co, Dorset Gourmet HotDog Co, as well as selling selling Fresh and Dried Chillis and seeds.

You can find the shop at 682 Wimborne Road, Bournemouth, Dorset. BH9 2EG. Phone 01202 536679. email spiceitup@dorsetchillishop.co.uk or on the web at www.dorsetchillishop.co.uk

Here are just a few more pics so you know what to expect.

Dorset Chilli Shop
Dorset Chilli Shop
Sampling at the Dorset Chilli Shop

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At the beginning of July, the North East saw one of the biggest Chilli events return for it’s 2nd year, the suitably named North East Chilli Fest. Seaton Delaval once again become the backdrop to weekend of sunshine and spicy fun, courtesy of organisers Mark & Shelley Deakin who run Hot Stuff Chilli Company.

The couple are both passionate about all things spicy, they set up their company after realising that their was nobody catering for Chilliheads in the North East of England. They soon progressed to organising the festival for the same reasons. The majority of Chilli Festivals traditionally are located in the south of the UK, but this is changing. Next year the Deakins are also jointly organising The Lakes Chilli Festival which promises to be a hot event too.

Seaton Delaval Hall on a regular day

The North East Chilli Fest 2012 was an event I had really wanted to attend, but due to the 700 mile round trip, I felt it was a little too much, but then I heard nothing but great things from those that attended, including Phil Palmer from the Dartmoor Chilli Farm who was quoted as saying “If Carlsberg did Chilli Festivals” (and had an 800 mile round trip!) I knew I had missed something special.

The Hall transformed

So this year I was offered a lift up to the Festival with one of the traders in return for helping them during the two days.The Festival opened at 10.00am both days and offered a park & ride scheme for visitors, which I think worked really well as last year the front lawns were utilised as car parking, potentially limiting space for vendors and entertainment. So this year there was a large area for visitors to sit and eat their food from the many hot food vendors, and generally relax in the sunshine with a pint of beer or cider.

The festival in full swing with views out to sea

This new format was a great idea as it really added to the festival atmosphere. The grassy area accommodated the main entertainments marquee where bands played and also diverse acts like Chris Cross, the human contortionist performed to the crowds.

The main chilli vendors were in the courtyard of the main building, with an outer and inner square which created a circuit to guide visitors around enabling them to stock up on their old favourites and new products.

The layout meant that no trader was hidden or missed, most of the traders were under supplied market style stalls which gave the area the vibe and feeling of a busy market. It was good to see the likes of Mr Vikki’s, Grim Reaper Foods, Chilli Junkies, Fire Foods, The Chilli Pepper Company, A Bit Chilli!, Bims Kitchen, Chilli Pepper Petes, Crazy Fred’s, Edible Ornamentals and Capsaicinoia plus m any more.

The sun shone and Mark assured me that he had ordered the weather to be nice and sunny, but not too hot! and he got it just right. When I took a walk around, it was great to see families sitting in the sun, soaking up the festival atmosphere.

A highlight of any Chilli Festival has to be the Chilli Eating competition and the two this weekend highlighted just how hot the locals like their food!, with local boy Dan Prinn from Mr Vikki’s winning on the Saturday.

Chilli eating competition winner Dan Prinn (right) with Host Rob Dumbrell

One thing that struck me, being from down south, was how friendly the people were. This also added to the festival feeling.

So thanks to Mark & Shelley for pulling out all the stops and making this years festival even better than the previous year. Here’s to 2014 and their other venture, The Lakes Chilli Festival 2014 which is being held at Dalemain Hall in Penrith on the 2nd & 3rd August.

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The first thing I noticed about the Beast of Dartmoor Hot Chilli Sauce from Phil and Kay Palmer of Dartmoor Chilli Farm was its bold packaging; I love the contrast of the black and red background, the striking white font and last but not least the menacing black beast with its red eyes and sharp white teeth.

The back of the label tells the buyer how it was produced. The four crucial points are as follows:

  • Homegrown Chillies
  • No Pesticides
  • No Herbicides
  • Green-Energy Farm

I was really happy to read this as these days there are so many artificial, mass made products on the market I sometimes dread to think what goes in my food!

Opening the bottle I am greeted with the sweetness of the apples, along with the sharpness of the cider vinegar and the bite of Naga Chillies. It has a great punchy flavour and the use of the apples and cider vinegar compliments the Naga chilli and creates a sauce which is different to the norm.

I found it went really well with potato wedges although I normally prefer a thicker dipping sauce its great flavour made me comprise my usual demand for a thicker consistency.

Ingredients:

Red Peppers, Apples, Sugar, Tomatoes, Naga Chillies, (8%) Cider Vinegar, Tomato Juice, Lemon Juice, Citric Acid

The website says the following about the sauce:

 Made with Bhut Jolokia chillies this has a serious kick yet still leaves your taste buds able to enjoy the tomatoes, sweet peppers and bramley apples.

I couldn’t agree more with this statement, it really sums up what the sauce is all about. It has that instant hit of chilli but is combined with these lovely flavours which are enhanced by the chilli whilst not being overpowered by it.

I can see why this product is the best selling of all the Dartmoor Chilli Farm Products,

To find out more check out the Dartmoor Chilli Farm where this is available to buy for £4 or as part of their 3 for £10 offer

(This product was first reviewed by us in 2010, but with the old label design)

Flavour
(7.5/10)
Heat
(7.5/10)
Packaging
(8/10)
Value (7/10)
Overall
(7.5/10)

 

 

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