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Warm weather in Wellingborough adds to ChilliFest heat

The unseasonably warm weather in Wellingborough helped heat up the town’s ChilliFest last weekend.

Chilli producers from around the UK gathered at the Tithe Barn on Saturday, 23 February to showcase their hot products as the sun beamed down on revelers as they entered the venue.

Around 15 traders attended, travelling from far and wide to greet visitors and provide samples of their fiery foods from jams to sauces and everything in between.

Indian master chef, Aunty Jee, whipped up some culinary delights on site to go with the popular Naga Masala cooking sauces. Chef Bernie, based in Southampton, went armed with his hottest sauce that combines the Scotch bonnet and Trinidad scorpion peppers. Fair Dinkum Fare – a husband and wife team originally from Australia – turned up with their full range of sauces that range in heat and are combined with different flavours.

Rob Hart, Landlord of The Old House in Sheep Street, said:

“We had an increase in visitors wanting to cool of with a nice cold beer after tasting the heat at ChilliFest.”

A series of artworks were also unveiled by Sonny Chana, who mainly works with chillies to create each unique piece.

The event was organised by Discover Wellingborough, the town’s Business Improvement District (BID), which is paid for by town centre businesses.

John Cable, Executive Director of Wellingborough BID, said:

“This year’s ChilliFest UK was extremely successful and drew a large crowd. Word has spread that the annual event is the hottest ticket in town. What better way to spend a Saturday, enjoying sizzling snacks and mingling with like-minded food lovers?

“ChilliFest UK is one of many popular events that we hold throughout the year to ensure we continue to attract visitors to our lively town centre, which we firmly believe has so much to offer.”

Discover Wellingborough invited local charity Chelsea’s Angels to the event where they raised a total of £387.86. The organisation, named after a little girl who was diagnosed with the condition in 2007, aged just two, raises money for Neuroblastoma, a type of childhood cancer.

 


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