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Entrance to The Eastnor Castle Chilli Festival

Entrance to The Eastnor Castle Chilli Festival

What a great location for an event, Eastnor Castle may be a modern castle, it was originally built between 1810 and 1824, so has not seen the bloody battles etc, but apart from the fact it is not a ruin, it is just what every child thinks a castle would look like with its impressive entrance gatehouse  opening up into a court yard and the castle.

From the stall holders point of view everything looked very well organised, the stalls all around the outside of the courtyard facing in leaving a large area in the middle  for the visitors to mingle. The only slight problem was the number of visitors which seemed to have been a few more that they expected, the parking while spacious, was not well organised and caused tailbacks on the road leading to the castle, while at the entry point to the event they has undermanned the ticket sales, I think from arrival at the parking to entry was about 40 minutes for us.. But all that is forgiven by the location and next year they will be experienced at the number of people who turn up for chillies.

I did my normal and started at the first stall and worked my way around the courtyard, meeting a few old friends and a few new business at their first chilli event, below you will find pictures of all the stall, sorry if I missed you out.

So what was new, well almost every stand had something new for this year, some of which we have for review, other will be arriving shortly, a few highlights while I can still remember –

Churros and Chocolate

Churros and Chocolate

Event food was well served, it does not seem to matter how many food stall you have there are always people queuing up. Sonia tested the Free Range Chicken & Mango Korma from Mangorays followed by some Churros and Chocolate both of which come now hight recommend, unfortunately all I got was the last churros and a drop of the chocolate sauce, maybe next event I will just report on the catering.

On the lower terrace was a small stage for the music and a cooking demonstration marquee and finally appearing in the main courtyard was a very entertaining Juggler and Fire Eater.

Juggler and Fire Eater

Juggler and Fire Eater

We did a speedy look around the house that seems to be packed with armour and other historic artefacts, and well worth visiting at a more leisurely pace.  Now there is lots I have left out about the location, mainly due to the fact I did not get to see it all, but from all accounts the grounds and lake are well worth a walk around, they have a maze, junior assault course, a children’s adventure playground, as well as the essential Tea rooms and Ice Cream Parlour.

What was missing was probably a plants stall, it is a busy time for growers with lots of plug plants to ship, but I think they could a sold well, and on that vein chilli seeds would go well with that, there is lots of room for expansion and I look forward to a bigger a better event next year.

Parking and Entry

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On the 6th & 7th of May we have the first of this years chilli festivals at Eastnor Castle, situated in the Malvern Hills on the borders of Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire. it looks like being a great starting event.

Eastnor Castle

Eastnor Castle

As you can see from the list below there is a good collection of stall holders booked, and they have a number of Food Demonstration planned and event a Mexican Band – Los Squideros as well as the usual benefits of hold an event at such a magnificent castle.

More details can be found in our events section

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Kingston Lacy House

Kingston Lacy House

What a great start for The Great Dorset Chilli Festival, from a simple idea, take a field next to a National Trust House, fill it with people selling all sorts of chilli products and visitors will come.

Miles from SureFire Events must be very pleased with himself and his team, talking to the stall holders and visitors everyone was having an excellent time, lost of interesting products to sample for the visitors, and lots of visitors for the stall holders to sell to.

At the far end of the field was the Cider Tent and hot food vendors, who seem to be doing a roaring trade.

Visitors & Stalls

Visitors & Stalls

And if like me you have children who have seen it all before, and as we are NT members we spent a couple of hours going around the impressive house of Kingston Lacy, which must be one of the most interesting houses I was been to for a while. The kids loved completing  the quiz about artefacts and history in the house.

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The Great Dorset Chilli Festival

The Great Dorset Chilli Festival

New for 2011 The Great Dorset Chilli Festival looks like it will be packed with entertainment as well as stall and stand selling all sorts of chilli related products.

The event is on the 13/14th August and opens at 10:00am and closes at 05:00pm

Events Programme

11.00 Cooking with chilli demonstration
12.00 Growing chillis from seeds
13.30 Cooking with chilli demonstration
14.30 Chilli eating competition
15.30 Chilli contest results announced

The events is being held at at Kingston Lacy the home of the Bankes family and now run by the National Trust, entry to the House and Gardens is not included in the entry fee, so remember to bring your NT memberships with you.

Current Exhibitors List

Chilli Creation
Producer of exotic fruity chilli pastes. No artificial additives, colourings or preservatives

Dartmoor Chilli Farm
Chilli & sweet pepper plants, chilli chocolate, chilli & herb muscle rub, preserves and sauces

Chilli Pepper Pete
Award winning chilli sauces

Fallen Angel Brewery
Bottled beer & cider, principally chilli beer

Love Unlimited Ceramics
Handmade and painted chilli ceramics from clocks to pots

Oxfords Bakery
100 year old bakery selling traditional English freshly baked bread & cakes

Select Cheese
50 varieties of cheese including chilli cheese.

Fine Spanish food, extra virgin olive oil, paella pans, paella ingredients and gift food

Cresson Creative
Watercress burgers and sausages and other vegetarian products

Making delicious handmade condiments since 1998: salad dressings, jams and chutneys

Blue Hen Dorset
“Little Big” fruit cakes in a variety of unusual flavour combinations including chilli chocolate fruit cake

Completely Chilli
Cambridgeshire-based chilli farm producing chilli sauces, chutneys, jellies and relishes. Fresh chillies and chilli plants

Ishmaels Mother
Fresh and fantastic Indian and Thai sauces

GS Foods (olives etc)
Stuffed and marinated olives, semi sun-dried tomatoes and marinated Mediterranean vegetables

Biltong, exotic game burgers, beef and lamb sausages

Red Wolf Vodka
Award winning Premium Redwolf Vodka silver medal winner at spirits world championships 2011, making vodka chilli vodka cocktails and more…

Bath Pig Chorizo
Delicious UK chorizo that took 18 months to perfect. 3 varieties

The Purbeck Larder
Organic beef burgers, pigeon in pitta, Dorset charcuterie

Facing Heaven
Giant paellas and delicious chilli products

Pizza Jalopy
Wood fired pizza oven in a classic Peugeot J7 van

Flying Burrito Brothers
A 1960’s country rock band?….er no, just the most splendid burritos

Bridge Farm Cider
Local ciders and ales, plus chilli cider

Purbeck Ice Cream
Award winning Dorset ice cream

The Garlic Farm
All things garlic – fresh and smoked. Garlic gadgets, farm-produced chutneys and relishes.

A range of south Indian pachadis (like a chutney but without sugar or vinegar), plus fruit wines for spicy food.

Filbert’s Fine Foods
Chilli-flavoured nut snacks, chilli-infused rapeseed oils and dressing, made by hand locally.

Sea Spring Seeds
Chilli plants fresh chillies and chilli seeds including the Dorset Naga. Also chilli postcards and posters.

Trees Can’t Dance
Made using the tastiest natural ingredients, range of sauces, pickles, marinades and spices.

Upton Cheyney Chilli Company
A chilli farm near Bath growing a variety of chillies used to make a range of delicious sauces and jams.

Simpson’s Seeds
Chilli plants, seeds and sauces produced in an 18th century walled garden.

Hot Headz
Chilli sauces, mustards, marinades, snacks, BBQ and gift packs.

The Cherry Tree
Traditional and very unusual chutneys, pickles, preserves, plus “Scorcher Cheddar” made with jalapenos.

Love Unlimited Ceramics
Handmade and painted chilli ceramics from clocks to pots

Chillies 2 U
Fresh and dried chillies, chilli sauces and oils and other related products

Award winning recipes range from the sublime tantalising taste of the Far East to eclectic fusions of flavours

The Chilli Garden
Chilli chocolate, jams, sauces, pickles and powders, grown and produced in Hampshire.

From Dorset With Love
Delicious homemade jams and chutneys using Dorset produce.

Fused glass artwork & products with a chilli twist, plus chilli chutneys and picallili.

Burley Fudge
A range of chilli and traditional fudge from the New Forest.

Chilli Jam Company
Homemade award winning chilli jam, chutney, pickles, relishes and sauces. Gluten free and no additives.

Spanish cured meats including hot chorizo.

Wil’s Smokehouse
Smoked organic marinated seeds, nuts, paprika, chilli seeds, garlic & smoked sea salt. Vegan and vegetarian friendly.

The Wiltshire Chilli Farm
Growing and selling chillies from mild to superhot, producing a range of chilli sauces, jams, chutneys and oils.

Mademoiselle Jane
Glass chilli jewellery and other glass beads.

Gran Stead’s Ginger
Non-alcoholic ginger wine, traditional still lemonade with ginger, orange and ginger marmalade, crystallised and stem ginger.

Event Organised by:-

SureFire Event Management
Blandford Forum

Phone  08450 947 974 (Lo-Call rate)


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