Birmingham Chilli Festival
PAST EVENT - 19-20 September, Brindleyplace, Birmingham
This year’s theme for the free family festival – which takes place in Central Square on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 September between 11am and 6pm - is ‘celebrating chillies around the world’. The two day event will include a host of food, drink and entertainment which reflect the counties that produce and use chillies in their everyday local cuisine including Thailand, Mexico, Brazil, India and the Caribbean.
Organised in partnership with market operator, Sketts, the event will feature a variety of stalls selling all things hot and spicy including chilli plants, pickles, pastes, jellies and chilli inspired gifts. Keeping the hungry crowd at bay will be a selection of stalls selling chilli influenced dishes and products including Caribbean jerk pork, chilli chocolate, BBQ legs of lamb and Indian samosas.
In line with this year’s theme there will be various live demonstrations from Brindleyplace restaurants and street food providers including French inspired chilli cooking from Café Rouge, spicy South East Asian food from Thai Edge and chilli influenced British dishes courtesy of David Colcombe from Café Opus.
The hugely anticipated and highly competitive chilli eating competition will take place at 3pm on Saturday with 12 contestants eating and drinking some of the world’s hottest chillies to be crowned the 2014 Chilli King or Queen.
During the contest, each participant will be challenged to eat a selection of the super-hot chilli varieties including Naga, Scotch Bonnet, Thai Red and Poblano through 12 tense rounds until only two are left to face the final chilli-off.
FRIDAY 19th, 11.00am – 6.00pm
11.00am Chilli Festival Opens
11.00am – 11.30am Chilli Chat – Introduction to the world of Chillies
11.30pm – 12.00pm Kitchen School making an Italian-inspired Chilli dish
12.00pm – 2.00pm ENTERTAINMENT: Synergy Live (Mediterranean)
2.00pm – 2.30pm Café Opus at IKON making a British-inspired Chilli dish
3.00pm – 3.30pm Café Rouge making a French-inspired Chilli dish
4.30pm – 5.00pm Afia’s Samosa Shop making an Indian-inspired Chilli dish
5.00pm – 5.30pm ENTERTAINMENT: Eternal Taal, Bollywood Dancing
5.30pm – 6.00pm Bank vs. Piccolino – Cocktails at dawn (well 5.30pm…)
6.00pm Chilli Market Closes
SATURDAY 20th SEPTEMBER 2014 I 11.00am – 6.00pm
11.00am Chilli Market Opens
11.00am – 11.30am ENTERTAINMENT: Someone at the Door Samba Band
11.30am – 12.00pm Coast2Coast making an American-inspired (Louisiana) Chilli dish
12.30pm – 1.00pm ENTERTAINMENT: Latin Motion, offering free Latino dance lessons
1.00pm – 1.30pm City Cafe making a Moroccan-inspired Chilli dish
1.30pm – 2.00pm Thai Edge making a Thai-inspired Chilli dish
2.30pm – 3.00pm ENTERTAINMENT: Fire Eaters, Stilt Jumpers & Bollywood Dancers
3.00pm – 4.00pm CHILLI EATING COMPETITION & ENTERTAINMENT
4.00pm – 4.30pm Sharian’s Cuisine making a Caribbean-inspired Chilli dish
4.30pm – 6.00pm ENTERTAINMENT: Rudie & The Revolvers (Caribbean)
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