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Tuesday, 10 August 2010

West Dean Chilli Fiesta!

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If you are a chilli lover the West Dean Chilli Fiesta in East Sussex is an event worth visiting. Held over 3 days in August, you can see: over 300 chillies and peppers on display in the glorious glass houses; join the chilli growing and cooking demonstrations; taste all things chilli including chilli ice cream and beer; buy chilli products and plants.

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Our own cherry bomb peppers

Readers of this blog will know by now that we grow our own chillies and have a green house full of different varieties, including the wonderful cherry bomb peppers which are thriving at the moment. I came back from the festival with 2 new chilli plants, a masquerade and a medusa. I also bought chocolates, sauces, smoked chilli flakes and a few other chilli items for my collection. One of my favourite stands was Edible Ornamentals, growers of more than 40 different varieties of chillies - my idea of chilli heaven!

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Edible Ornamentals - beautiful peppers and chillies

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Poblano peppers from Edible Ornamentals

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The huge glass houses at West Dean Gardens, where they grow chillies, tomatoes etc

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Chilli varieties on display

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Plants in the glass houses

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Beautiful gardens at West Dean

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How to look after your plants

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Leave your plants safely in the creche while you enjoy the festival

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Chilli paraphernalia

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Long queues for chilli chocolate ice cream from the delicious Choc Star Van

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Raspberry, white chocolate & chilli truffles from Montezuma's, mmmm...

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One of my new plants - "chilli masquerade"

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Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

This is definitely chili heaven Nic.

Chele said...

Wow - thats a whole lot of chillies! Hubby would be there for sure, if it wasn't the other end of the country. Looks like so much fun and a great idea to focus on one simple ingredient like that - great concept!

Finla said...

Wowo that is what i call a chillie feast indeed, i so wish we had something like this here.

grace said...

this is most definitely my kind of festival. i love me some chiles in any shape, color, size, or degree of heat. :)

Hazel - Chicken in a Cherry Sauce said...

WOW! I have just completed a project on chillis at work, this festival would have been perfect to go to for my research! Oh well! I am very sad habaneros are out of season as they were at the top of our wishlist. Seems like the perfect fest for you fellow chilli and chocolate lover :)

Vanille said...

An original fiesta and an impressive number of chilli varieties !

Jan said...

Oooh I would have loved to have been there!

Sophie Sportende Foodie said...

Thanks for sharing this festival with us!!

Lovely pictures too! I also have 1 large red chili plant at home & I have about 30 to 40 chilis!! Yeah!!

I would love to go to this tasty festival to learn more about the variaties, etc!!

Nic said...

Valli - it is! I was in my own chilli heaven, lol!

Chele - shame you don't have one near you, but they are springing up everywhere nowdays!

Happy Cook - aww, sorry you don't have any near you.

Grace - chilli heads unite!!

Hazel - that sounds interesting, what sort of project was it?

Vanille - it was most impressive and it gets bigger each year.

Jan - wish you could have come too!

Sophie - that's a lot of chillies! How wonderful, are they turning red at the moment?

Chilli-Alex said...

Hey, love your blog, am also a big chilli fan (perhaps we can link and write for each others blogs if you like) - I went to West Dean and thought it was awesome - was it me or when you walked through the sunken greenhouse - were you tempted to help yourself? My girlfriend had a stern watch on me to make sure I behaved (which I did!)

Nic said...

Chilli-Alex - thanks and welcome!
Ha ha, I would loved to have snuck some of those chillies into my pocket, they were truly beautiful!
I have added you to my links page you can get to it on the right hand side bar.

Unknown said...

Aren't food festivals great? I recently attended a mango festival. Love the look of those pepper chocolates - yum

Kitchen Butterfly said...

I'm so glad to finally get a glimpse of the chilli you're aptly named after adn I love your purple ones. I would have LOVED this festival because I love chili and because I've started learning a bit about the nuances of the different varieties. What fun.

Cynthia said...

I would have spent all my time at the chilli display.

petite nyonya said...

i love chillis! wish i could be there!

Tina Jui said...

I love the chili masquerade and pinned it to my pinterest board :)