Holker Hall’s newest event, Chilli Fest is set to once again delight the crowds this September with its array of spicy market stalls, live music and entertainment, and infamous chilli eating contest.
Attending the event for the third year are local Chilli specialists, The Chilli Pepper Company of Cark-in-Cartmel, located less than a mile from Holker Hall itself. Gerald Fowler, founder of the company, will be a familiar face to chilli fans as he tours many of the UK’s chilli festivals with his fiery goods. He has a particular fondness for Holker however, “not just because it’s on the doorstep, but because of its unique fiesta-style atmosphere” says Mr Fowler.
He hopes to launch some of his newest products at the event, including the aptly-named ‘Pocket Rocket’, a double vial of the world’s hottest chilli powders in a one-of-a-kind engraved tube, so chilli fans can add spice to their food wherever they go! Foodies will also love the Chilli Pepper ‘Saltmarsh’ sauce, with its tomato base, minty notes and interesting heat, designed especially to compliment the local Saltmarsh Lamb produced on the Holker Estate.
Since it was created in 1999 by the Fowlers, the Chilli Pepper Company has become a leading authority on all things chilli, creating bespoke sauces for restaurants around the country and even working alongside Heston Blumenthal’s research team to look at the effects of chilli on the human brain.
To try some unusual chilli flavours and experience the heat for yourself, put the 10 &11th of September into your diary and salsa on down to Holker Chilli Fest! If you can’t wait until then, the Holker Food Hall is running a pre-event promotion on a selection of chilli dipping sauces produced by The Chilli Pepper Company.
The Ilex Bar & BrasserieOpen for lunches - including a very special Sunday lunch -
This weekend’s damp weather didn’t affect the fiery fun at Holker with a full house for the chilli eating competitions hosted by Darth Naga. A packed Courtyard watched on as 10 competitors (on each day) took part in the lively competition. Saturday’s competition was the most entertaining yet with Darth commenting it was best one he had ever hosted - humorous contestants were encouraged by the lively crowd - with Jordan from Barrow taking centre stage. Joint winners took the trophy on Saturday and Ed Duffy was crowned Sunday’s winner after reaching around 250,000 scovilles.