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Huy Fong Sriracha in the UKIt seems hard these day to praise the UK Supermarkets, but with prices coming down, and now thanks to that hero of the UK Hot Sauce scene Stuart McAllister from Hot-Headz UK supermarket giant Sainsbury’s is now stocking Huy Fong Sriracha in over 500 stores nationwide.

This is quite an achievement and follows many many months of work from getting the product through label compliance, to finally getting the stock listed and into the Sainsbury’s distribution system.

We have described this sauce as iconic and it is true star of the USA chilli market with a reported 20+ million bottles of the USA produced sauce sold per year. The taste is unique and if you ever run out of things to do with it there is always The Sriracha Cookbook we reviewed a while ago.

Now for the really good news.. Sainsbury’s is selling a bottle of this magic hot sauce for only £3.00 a bottle. I know where I am going tomorrow so I will see you in Sainsbury’s.

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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.

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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:-

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There is a new range of purees from Hot-Headz that include some interesting chillies varieties. Each sauce contains just the basic ingredients needed, a puree made from the named chilli and just a little acetic acid. With no other herbs, spices or garlic, you get just the flavour of the chilli.

Hot-Headz Hard Core Range

The range all branded Hard Core includes Carolina Reaper, Trinidad Scorpion, Chocolate Habanero, Fatalii, Roasted Jalapeno, Red Serrano and Roasted Poblano. prices range from £6.99 to £3.99 per 50ml bottle.

A review of these will follow shortly.

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