First Devon Chilli Fiesta to be held at RHS Rosemoor on May 10-11
Chillies may not be one of the Westcountry’s traditional arable crops but there are several firms growing in the area.
Dartmoor Chilli Farm’s Phil and Kay Palmer are the brains behind this event.
Phil said they were moved to create the event after after mulling it over for a couple of years, because they realised there was nothing like it west of Bristol.
“Newcastle Chilli Festival, which we attend every year, in 2013 had nearly 10,000 visitors in two days,” he told Foodies South West.
“Whilst it might take a few years to achieve this, we feel it’s our duty to show people of Devon and Cornwall what all the fuss is about.
“Hopefully it will be a good source of revenue for businesses in nearby towns of Torrington and Barnstaple and bring lots of extra visitors to the area.”
It will take place on May 10 and 11 and is due to feature cookery demos from Craig McKnight of Wahaca and Devon chef Phil Picton.
The stallholder guest list is yet to be finalised but chilli businesses from across Britain, as well as local firms, have already signed up.
There will also be a chilli sauce competition, talks and other events.
It has a theme of “growing chillies” and all the proceeds are going to RHS Rosemoor.