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Annual festival at Arley Hall proves to be the hottest ticket in town
12:00pm Wednesday 4th September 2013 in News
STALLHOLDERS spilled the beans on why chillies are such a hot commodity as they served customers in Arley.
Tim Whitley, who was selling chilli vodka served in an ominous-looking glass skull, said chillies brought out the devil in people.
“A lot of people buy the chilli vodkas to give to their friends without a warning,” he said.
“It was a devilish streak that got me interested and people ask me to produce hotter vodkas all the time.”
Arley Hall’s annual chilli festival left a lot of people reaching for a glass of water, but it was more than tasting the hot stuff that left them gasping. Some took part in samba dancing with an expert coach who also entertained children, who had a go at playing instruments.
The focus, however, was on food and how chillies can add a kick to drinks, ice cream, chocolate, cheese and even beer.
Nando’s supported the event and dishes served up by the Chili Bad Boyz went down well.
The celebration attracted specialist traders from across the north west along with hundreds of visitors keen to taste their produce.
Arley Hall’s gardeners produced 100 varieties of chilli plants which sold like hotcakes.
Roger Wilkins, of The Spice Trail, brought a variety of chillies and offered people the chance to try them. The extra hot ones were marked in red for danger.
He said:“The history of chillies goes back thousands of years and there are lots of stories about them. In the old days they used to give a chilli to someone before they had their leg amputated so they were more worried about the heat in their mouths than the pain in their leg.”
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