Friday, 5 August 2011

Chilli Fiesta, West Dean, West Sussex

This will about my fourth visit to the Chilli Fiesta at West Dean This is where I first discovered chipotle bought from Chillipepperpete Wandering around from stall to stall in the sunshine picking up wafts of delicious cooking smells and the sounds of Latin music playing is a treat though the hardest bit for me was choosing from Moroccan, Carribean, Thai, Indian etc To drink there were locally brewed Ballards ales and apple juice from West Dean's own apples.
There are lots of samples to try such as hot sauces, relishes, chilli chocolate etc.
It is held in the grounds of West Dean College which is set in some lovely landscape and has gardens that are worth visiting in their own right.
At the end of the day lots of people head back to the car park in the fields laden with bags of spices and a big chilli plant tucked under one arm.

Chilli 'Masquerade' heat level 8
Salsa on the lawn

Lunch came from Masala Monkey
Plenty of Latin music to listen to

and advice on how to grow chilies

A giant wire chili with seats insideIn the Victorian greenhouses there are over 200 chilli plants on display.

and more music


kraplap said...

This looks like a great party ! I tried for 3 years now to grow chili in my garden, but nope, no success. So, I decided no chili next year :)

Erika Price said...

Great photos - and what a lovely day for your! I'm intrigued by those pretty purple chillis :)

Colours and Textures said...

I think chillies need quite a bit of sun, I would keep them on a window sill or outside somewhere sunny and sheltered. I grew one called atomic fire, small chillies and very hot!