SPOT­LIGHT ON some­thing hot and bev­er­ages to cool you down

It’s get­ting hot, hot, hot and it’s not just the weather. This week we look at a new chilli fes­ti­val on its way, and some cool sum­mer sips

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - What's On - - FOOD & DRINK - by Abi­gail Baker

For the first time, a flavour­ful chilli fes­ti­val is two days jam-packed with chilli themed ac­tiv­i­ties for all the fam­ily to en­joy, rang­ing from cook­ing demon­stra­tions and talks on grow­ing chill­ies to a chilli cook-off and chilli-eat­ing com­pe­ti­tions. So whether you’re a chilli en­thu­si­ast, food lover or just some­one look­ing for a fun week­end, the Great Chilli Fes­ti­val has some­thing for ev­ery­body. With live mu­sic on both days, fea­tur­ing a Mari­achi band, and a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren in­clud­ing bouncy cas­tles and a mini-carousel, you can be sure you’ll be very en­ter­tained. And if you’re wor­ried you won’t be able to han­dle the heat, there’s plenty of choice from the stall­hold­ers for those with a gen­tler taste pal­ette. Here are some of the hot highlights...

Satur­day, June 30

Chilli eat­ing com­pe­ti­tion: Those brave enough can par­tic­i­pate in a chilli eat­ing com­pe­ti­tion at 4pm. There will be 10 rounds of in­creas­ingly hot chill­ies for the par­tic­i­pants and plenty of amuse­ment for the spec­ta­tors. With two min­utes to fin­ish each chilli, you’re not al­lowed to drink any­thing dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion, no mat­ter how tempt­ing a pint of milk may look.

Chilli sauce com­pe­ti­tion: Vis­i­tors also have the chance to head down to the sauce com­pe­ti­tion tent and judge the sauces en­tered by the traders them­selves.

Sun­day, July 1

Chilli Cook-off Com­pe­ti­tion The UK Chilli Cook-off As­so­ci­a­tion is run­ning a chilli-con-carne cook-off between 10 pre-registered teams. The teams will get the chance to bat­tle it out for the Kent ti­tle and a place at the na­tional fi­nals. Com­peti­tors only have four hours to cook a gal­lon of chilli-con-carne from scratch. Their gal­lons will then be put be­fore a panel of judges and a public vote to de­ter­mine whose the best is. The teams that place will re­ceive cash prizes and the win­ning team goes on to cook in the UK fi­nals, with a chance of qual­i­fy­ing to com­pete in the World Food Cham­pi­onships in Alabama. There’s also an­other chilli eat­ing com­pe­ti­tion at 4pm.

The Great Kent Chilli Fes­ti­val is on Satur­day, 30 June and Sun­day, 1 July, from 10am to 5pm at Hole Park, Rol­ven­den. For more de­tails and to book tick­ets, head to greatkentchillifes­ti­

It will be the first time the Great Kent Chilli Fes­ti­val has been held in the county when it comes to Hole Park

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