Edible Ornamentals

Chilli Fiesta 2015This year was the 20th anniversary West Dean Chilli Fiesta, I had my first stall at the 18th, and but for a very few have been to most of them since then, we have not had a stall for a few years. I think our thanks must go to Jim Buckland and Sarah Wain who co-founded the Chilli Fiesta and without whom we would not have such the thriving UK chilli market.

The event this year was again over 3 days, we visited on what was one very hot and busy day, the event has grown and now with more campers and a extended nights entertainment with the main stage being open till 9pm and then thins move to the Cabaret Tent till 11pm. The Sunday is a little shorter with the main stage closing at 7:30pm and the Cabaret tent finishing at 9pm. The produce stalls all close at 6pm expect for the food stall around the main stage area

Display Chillies at West Dean 2015There is lots to see during the day with live music on the main stage starting at noon, as well can lots of cookery demonstrations and gardening chat sessions, if you are unlucky enough to do to the glass houses you can still see some pages from my book, The Hot Book of Chillies, being used as part of the display.. it is getting a bit old now, but hopefully they will use some of the new books pages next year..

With nearly 180 stalls, not all selling chilli products this event is the biggest in the UK, you can see around 250 different varieties of chillies.

We had a great day out visiting all our old friends and seeing some new additions to the event including. Mushemi Fire, Thousand Hills, TTaste, East Coast Chilli Company and Barfoots Sorry if we have missed out any other new arrivals.

We cannot recommend this event more highly, make sure it is on your list for next year.


Christmas Offers

Here is out first list of Christmas offers available for Chilli-Heads, more will follow over the next few days:-

Edible Ornamentals – “Introduction to Hydroponic Chilli Growing Workshop” for HALF PRICE

Normally £59 you can get a voucher for this course for just £29 if you mention you have been referred by us at the ChileFoundry. To get the discount you need to email hydro@cherwood.com this offer won’t go on forever and the next course is on Saturday 24th January 2015 just in time for that new years resolution.

South Devon Chilli Farm Christmas Offers

SDCF has a range of special offer that you can take a look at on line by following this link The offers include Kits for Chilliheads, Cheese lovers, budding Chilli Growers and cooks.

redhotchillifella – Special Christmas Products

Best to email for more details info@redhotchillifella.co.uk

Lemonchillichello – This is the second year that they have made this drink and it was extremely popular last year! They take fresh Sicilian Lemons, Habanero Chilli and Raw Cane Sugar and infuse them in triple distilled Vodka for 6 weeks. We then filter and bottle the Lemonchillichello. It is a great drink to start a dinner party or for a digestive before dessert. 200ml just £12.00

Trio of Hot Sauces – They have put together three their most popular hot sauces in a gift box to make the perfect Christmas gift. Containing OMG – Oh My God, Scorpion and Suffolk sauces this is a great addition to any Chilli Sauce Collection. Just £10.00

Milled Wine Spice – Christmas would not be Christmas without the smell of Mulled Wine!
Their Mulled wine is a combination of spices, citrus fruit and a little Chilli De Arbol. Just enough to give a subtle heat to your favourite Christmas Tipple – 3 X Spice Parcels £5.00

Chilli Devil Sauces – Get a 15% discount on some selections of sauces

Just use the discount code CF-15 at the checkout to get 15% off any of the selection packs listed below.

  • Yorkshire Sauces – Yorkshire Ketchup, Yorkshire Brown Sauce and Yorkshire Chilli Sauce ( £8.99).
  • Boozy Chilli Selection – Plum, Port & Habanero Sauce, BBQ, Beer & Chilli Sauce and Smoked Chilli Sauce with Red Wine ( £12.50).
  • Hoptastic Selection – BBQ, Beer and Chilli Sauce, Citrus Cascade Chilli Sauce and Naga Challenger Chilli Sauce (all made with hops) (£14.50)
  • Extra Hot Selection – Plum Crazy Chilli Sauce (200,000 SHU), Naga Challenger (300,000 SHU) and the new Red Ghost (400,000 SHU) (£17.50)

Want to get your chilli Christmas offer mentioned, then please email details to us using our contact form and we will be in touch.


You can get an ordinary chilli sauces in most high streets and supermarkets, but did you know there is a growing number of specialist chilli shops opening in the UK. So if you are looking for a special artisan sauce or that unique chilli gift for Chile-Head in your life then what could be better than make a pilgrimage to one of these shops where you can ask advice get a taste before you buy.

Best to check the opening hours before you visit to save disappointment.

The Little Chilli Shop – Beaumaris Anglesey

The Little Chilli Shop -  Beaumaris Anglesea

The Chilli Hut – Bath

The Chilli Hut - Bath

Brighton Chilli Shop – Brighton North Lanes

Brighton Chilli Shop

Chilli Shop – Brighton Marina

Chilli Shop Brighton Marina

Dr Burnorium – St Nicholas Market. Bristol.

Dr Burnorium - Bristol

Edible Ornamentals – Chawston, Beds

Edible Ornamentals

The Pepper Pod – McCoys Arcade, Fore Street, Exeter.

The Pepper Pod - Exeter

House of Chilli – Isle of Wight

House of Chilli - Isle of Wight

South Devon Chilli Farm – Wigford Cross, Loddiswell, Kingsbridge

South Devon Chilli Farm Shop

Chilli Shop – Leeds

Just found I had missed this new shop in leeds, hopefully someone will send me a picture, I believe it is in the Merrion Centre.

If we have missed out your outlet please let us know, but remember we are looking for speciality chilli retailers only.


Ahead of a full article on the UK Chilli Cook Association (UKCCA) heats taking place this year, here is some information on the heat being held in Bedfordshire at The Mansion House Chilli & Gourmet Food Fiesta;

Chilli aficionados who believe they can cook an amazing Chilli-Con-Carne now have an opportunity to see how their favourite recipe compares with the best in the UK. The Mansion House at Old Warden, in association with Edible Ornamentals and the UK Chilli Cook Off Association, are holding the first heat in the Great British Chilli Cook Off. This event will be one of the highlights of the Chilli and Gourmet Food Fiesta which will be held in the grounds of The Mansion House on 8th and 9th June.

Hugely popular in the USA, chilli cook offs are rapidly becoming popular here in the UK. Teams of up to 4 keen chilli fans will have 4 hours to prepare and cook one gallon of chilli con carne to their own recipe which will then be judged by an expert panel.  The hottest chilli won’t necessarily be the winner as judges will be looking for the best appearance, aroma, consistency, taste and aftertaste of the chilli.  The winning team will receive a cash prize of £250 and entry into the UK final of the UK Chilli Cook Off which will be held later in the year. The winners of the UK final will a free expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas to represent the UK in the World Chilli Cook Off event.

Members of the public will also be invited to sample and judge the best chilli. The prizes for the public judging will include a Chilli Tour and Tasting for Two at Edible Ornamentals, the world’s first pick-your-own chilli nursery, and afternoon tea for four at The Mansion House.  The proceeds from the public judging will be donated to CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families.  The UK Chilli Cook Off Association hope to exceed their charity donations for last year when they raised over £4000 for cancer charities.

To enter a team for the Chilli Cook Off at The Mansion House contact Shelley on 01767  626208 or register online at www.ukchillicookoff.co.uk

  • 2013 is the 3rd year the Chilli and Gourmet Food Fiesta has been held at The Mansion House
  • Teams will have 4 hours to cook a gallon of chilli from scratch, bringing their own ingredients and cooking facilities (Camping Gas or BBQ).
  • Each team’s Chilli will be judged by a panel of Chilli experts. Entry fee is £10 per team (teams can be made up of any number of people).
  • The competition will be split over the two days. Teams will only need to compete on either the Saturday or the Sunday, not both days. The team with the highest score over the weekend wins
  • All money raised from the Bedfordshire Chilli Cook-off will be donated to CLIC Sargent





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