COUNT­DOWN TO CHILLIES

THE HEAT WILL BE TURNED UP AND CHEFS WILL SHOW THEIR SKILLS AT THE IGNITE CHILLI FES­TI­VAL

Life & Style Weekend - - Food & Wine - WORDS: VICKI TAY­LOR

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.

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