[D]o you know your Jalapeños from your Scotch Bonnets? Whether you’re a fiery food fanatic or a chilli newbie, the new trend for specialist chilli events across the country gives everyone the chance to experience the delights of the Capsicum.
Now in its 4th year, the Holker Chilli Festival in Cark-in-Cartmel, Cumbria is an entertaining combination of chilli plants and produce, speciality food and good old family fun. Taking place on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September 2017 and staged in the bustling Holker Courtyard, this lively event is growing fast with over 4,000 visitors last year.
If variety is the spice of life, you’ll be spoilt for chilli choice with a wide selection of growers and businesses attending from across the country, allowing you to buy plants and seeds, as well as sample some of the finest food on offer from handmade curries to Italian street food – there’s even cooling iced-smoothies and handmade ice-cream to calm the palate! (For those with a sweeter tooth, why not try the Spanish churros?)
Plenty of fiery fun is on offer with the obligatory chilli eating competition; watch the Scoviles soar as those with a strong stomach battle it out to try some of the world’s hottest chillies – taking place at 4pm each day with Darth Naga. Visitors will be entertained across the whole weekend with the Taste of Cairo belly dancers, live music and cookery demonstrations where you could pick up a few tips on how to incorporate chilli flavours into your home-cooking plus Andy Jester will be entertaining the crowds with fire eating and stilt walking.
Come along to the Holker Chilli Fest this September – a fantastic day out for chilli enthusiasts, foodies and families alike. For more information, visit the website at www.holker.co.uk or call 015395 58328. Opening times are 10.30am to 5.00pm. Entrance on the day is £6.50 for adults and children under 16 go free when accompanied by an adult. Holker Hall & Gardens will be open during the Festival, discounted admission charges apply.