The 2013 Chilli Fest will probably be on a Sunday in early October. The actual date depends on when the chillies are ready for consumption - this year they got off to a very slow start. We are hoping to have some live Mexican music at the Chilli Fest this year to get us in the mood. Nearer the time, check out the Trading Hut home page for the date.
Theo and the volunteers grow lots of different varieties of chillies in the Greenhouse. Come along to the Chilli Fest, sample the chillies and score them for hotness – prepare to be set on fire! Bring your chilli products – jams, chutneys, cakes (!) – and recipes to share. Even if you don’t like chillies very much it’s still great fun!
This is what we wrote about the 2012 Chilli Fest in ‘Plot Gossip’.
It all started in the cold dark month of February when the chilli seeds were sown in the greenhouse – some grew, some didn’t, they all took a long time to germinate with a lot of nurturing by Theo and her team of volunteers. They grew slowly but were finally ready for testing at the FPMAA Annual Chilli Fest on a lovely warm and sunny autumn day on Sunday 7 October. Around forty brave souls turned up ready to try out the thirty or so different varieties. They ranged from the terrifyingly fiery Black Naga to the mild Aji Dulce. Tasting was a serious business and the different chillies were all rated according to their flavour and heat. Plenty of chocolate was on hand as an antidote to the effects of the stronger varieties. Plotholders brought along produce made with chillies to share. The chilli vodka was very popular as was the Madras hot chilli chutney and the chilli chocolate cake. A big thank you to Theo and the greenhouse volunteers for all their patience and hard work and for putting on such an enjoyable event.