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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.


This weekend we have the North East Chilli Fest at Seaton Delaval Hall

North East Chilli Fest 2012The event starts at 10am and finished at 6pm on the Saturday and 10am to 5pm on the Sunday.

There is a fantastic selection of exhibitors including:-


Edible Ornamentals

Edible Ornamentals

On the weekend of September 17th and 18th, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) held its third annual Chilli Fiesta at its Hyde Hall, Essex.

As in earlier years attendees were greeted by about a dozen stalls including

And the guys from Fenn Creek Chillies whom I met at the recent Prince of Wales Chilli Festival, just down the road in Stow Maries.

Given that it’s scheduled for the same weekend as the Brighton Fiery Foods festival, it’s never going to be the country’s biggest Chilli festival. But there were healthy, established plants for sale, some interesting sauces and relishes, advice on hand from the RHS experts and, of course, access to the RHS Gardens, which would make a fascinating day out regardless.


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Here are some images from our time at West Dean Chilli Fiesta this year, we hope to have a video guide to publish later.

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