COUNTDOWN TO CHILLIES
THE HEAT WILL BE TURNED UP AND CHEFS WILL SHOW THEIR SKILLS AT THE IGNITE CHILLI FESTIVAL
Only a few more sleeps to the second HOT91.1 Ignite Chilli Festival and I’m very excited. There will be scheduled cooking demonstrations from local restaurants The Grill and The Tamarind at Spicers Retreat, Maleny, showcasing dishes to entice your tastebuds. Chef Matt Lee, from Seafood Market @ Caloundra, will be showing you how to make a simple yet tasty chilli crab. Matt Sinclair, from Sum Yung Guys, will show us how to make authentic satay and, of course, there will be tastings afterwards. The annual Sunshine Coast chilli-eating competition will take place on the main stage at 2.30pm. Fifteen extremely brave people will take on the mighty chilli in a fresh chilli-eating challenge with the last man (or woman) standing taking out the bragging rights to the title for the next year. The very talented Kim Mccosker will be our MC this year and we are attempting to have a crack at the world’s largest Macarena flash mob dance, led by the Sunny Coast Salsa Group. This will take place about 12.45pm on the main stage. However, this is just a practice run: next year we are going for the Guinness Book of World Records. This year there will be two bars to cool you down – the Vodafone Bar will be situated near the main stage serving chilli mojito drinks and the main bar will be positioned at Paisley Park, down Lamkin Lane, where you can quench your thirst with a chilli beer or cider. We also have a fantastic line-up of musicians and street entertainers that everyone will enjoy. Remember the Samba/brazilian dancers in Sambuzzy from last year? Well, they are back by popular demand and you’ll see them roving through the festival at various times throughout the afternoon. Look out for acts from the very talented Andrea Kirwan, Euphoria Under Fire, Adro Kat and more, with the awesome Salt & Steel closing the festival, but not before a breathtaking fire-eating performance from Her Majesty’s, which is set to be the hottest part of the festival. The festival will wrap up at 6pm and if you are heading out for a night out, the official after-party will be at the Caloundra Hotel. Make sure you bring some friends and I hope to see you there.