Tag: Chilli

ChilliimageThe weather might be dropping but those seeking a heatwave need go no further than Shoreditch this weekend for the Festival of Heat, the last UK Chilli Festival of the year and a celebration of all things hot, hot, hot!

Bringing together the best producers, market traders and fiery chefs from all around the UK, the festival is a real celebration of locally-grown produce and urban food. Budding entrepreneur? Experts will be on hand to offer advice on how to send your own sauce to market, from production to shelf, for any of you that are inspired by the sauces, jams, pickles and more available to taste on the day. Want to try out some recipes for yourself? Masterclasses for the masterchefs out there will reveal all and show you how to make your dinner parties go off with a bang.

This is the third Festival of Heat, with visitor numbers increasing year on year, and organisers say that the popularity and interest in rare chillies has never been higher. We’ve all read about the Scoville scale, and the sheer variety of chillies out there, but what does it all mean and why are chillies so endearingly popular? Pritesh Mody, owner of www.worldofzing.com, as featured on the BBC and C4’s Sunday Brunch as a chilli expert will be there this weekend to teach us all about this fascinating world. Pritesh says,

“I attribute the huge current trend for spicier cuisine to the recession of 2008. With stretched pockets, value for money became more important than ever so out went fancy plates and fine dining and in came street food with big portions and robust flavours. With much of the world’s best street food coming from South America and Asia, it was only natural that the ingredients used to cook their exotic dishes followed, including the huge variety of chillies we now see.”

Entertainment on the day will be eclectic, with bands playing folk music from all over the world. Background Bars are providing the drinks and we can’t wait to try the Chilli Martini, made from a delicious chilli-infused rum. Hats off to festival founder Rosanna Leal, who whose work to bring together local independent businesses and the various communities living and contributing to the rich life of London and the East End, has resulted in a day full of fire!

Tickets are £7.50 with children under 16 going free.

hard rock cafe chilli menu

Funny that we use the word Chilly for cold things when a Chilli is a hot thing.... just a thought.

On Thursday 26 FebruaryHard Rock Cafe London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow will be turning up the heat with a special Red Hot Chilli Menu created exclusively for National Chilli Day. UK cafe’s are firing it up with their hottest ever burger, made with eye-watering Bird’s Eye Chilli salsa - are you brave enough?

National Chilli Day celebrates the much loved hot and spicy chilli pepper and this year, Hard Rock is embracing the spice with a selection of exclusive menu items that will be sure to get taste buds firing!


·       Fiesta Burger - Already Legendary, but choose to spice it up with one of our three chilli sauces. Choose from Jalapenos Salsa, Scotch Bonnet Salsa or Bird’s Eye Chili Salsa

·       Jalapeno Poppers - Fresh Jalapenos peppers filled with mozzarella and crushed chilies and encased in Panko breading

·       Chocolate Chilli brownie - served with Vanilla Ice cream and homemade chilli compote

·       Chocolate chilli Martini - Smirnoff Vodka, dark cacao, gingerbread syrup and cream shaken over ice in a chocolate-coated glass. Dusted with chilli powder and finely chopped jalapenos

·       Mexican Mary – Cuervo Tequila, Absolut Vodka and tomato juice infused with seasonings served over ice with a celery stick and whole grilled jalapeno for garnish

·       Spicy Mango Mojito – mint leaves, sliced jalapenos and simple syrup mixed with mango puree and Bacardi dark rum, topped with soda and garnished with whole jalapenos and mint sprig

Those brave enough to rock the heat should visit their nearest Hard Rock Cafe and taste the Red Hot Chilli Menu, available only on National Chilli Day, Thursday 26 February.


Chilli_Chilli_Bang_Bang_Tweat_UpIf you love a bit of chilli - a little sting on the tongue then Chilli Chilli Bang Bang is going to be right up your street.
Chilli Chilli Bang Bang is a brand new eating and drinking festival celebrating the heat, fun and flavour of one of the world's best loved ingredients - the MIGHTY chilli pepper.
On the 9th and 10th May Dalston Yard will become the Chilli Capital of the World. They are teaming up with Wahaca co-founder and chilli nut Thomasina Miers to bring you lively demos from the UK's most hot-headed chefs, fiery street food from all four corners of the globe, a Spice Market featuring lots of delicious take home goodies, a Hot Sauce Deli, DJs, live entertainment and a barrage of Jose Cuervo chilli tequila cocktails.
Learn how to knock up Sichuan Chilli Crab, Smoky Chipotle Salsa and Korean Fried Chicken at the Crate Stage from a long list of your favourite chilli-loving chefs, includingThomasina MiersGiorgio LocatelliAnna HansenGizzi ErskineAtul KochharStevie ParleJeremy LeeSam ClarkTim AndersonMartin MoralesTom Parker BowlesAllegra McEvedyAndy Bates and Claire Ptak.
Plus there'll be plenty to eat from every cuisine known for its exciting, addictive and piquant fare. There's Mexican from Wahaca and Tommi's DF Diner, Indian from Rola Wala and Roti Chai, Sichuanese from Bar Shu, Thai from Som Saa, Japanese from Nanban and Yum Bun, Egyptian from Koshari Street plus pepped up American 'cue and US diner staples from SmokeStakB.O.B.'s Lobster and Slider Bar. And award-winning chilli chocolate treats from Rococo.
There are three #ChilliChilliBangBang sessions:
  • Friday 09 May 5pm till midnight
  • Saturday 10 May noon till 5pm
  • Saturday 10 May 6pm till midnight
Tickets go on sale on Wednesday 09 April at noon for £15, which gets you a giant spicy festival-sized cocktail and an icy-cold beer plus all sorts of other goodies, deals and discounts in your Chilli Notes Festival Guide. Better than #EffectivelyFree.