Chilli and cheese: Bournemouth's newest festival tickles vistors taste buds

Bournemouth Echo: Chilli and cheese: Bournemouth's newest festival tickles vistors taste buds Chilli and cheese: Bournemouth's newest festival tickles vistors taste buds

CROWDS gathered for Dorset’s spiciest event on Saturday and Sunday.

The first-ever Cheese and Chilli Festival saw hundreds flock to Bournemouth Sports Club, Chapel Gate, in order to taste an array of delicious dishes.

And there was something for all to enjoy, with rides and games for children, a free wine masterclass and even a palate-cleansing real ale festival for those who had had enough heat for one day.

Andi Ashworth-Foster, of Ashley Cross, took friend Krys Brophy to sample some spice.

The two could be found at the Wiltshire Chilli Farm stall getting to grips with the Hellish Habanero sauce.

Andi said: “We’re the original Spice Girls – I love spicy food, so it’s great.

“We’re having a nice day wandering about in the sunshine.”

Krys said: “We’re visiting for the festival and it’s a beautiful weekend to be here.”

Those looking to add even more of a kick to their chilli went straight to the Bootleg Liquor stall.

The business, which launched this year, is owned by brothers James and Daniel Ingram-Johnson of Three Legged Cross, together with their friend Luke Marshall.

James said: “We wanted to put a bit of a chilli twist into our cocktails.

“It’s great to be able to come to an event where we grew up. We’ve been busy at festivals so far, so it’s fantastic to be here enjoying the sunshine.”

George and Sarah Crabb even enjoyed a more unusual cheese and chilli treat.

The two headed straight for the Purbeck Ice Cream stand, where flavours Chilli Red and Vinny Blue were on sale.

Sarah said: “We’re having a lovely time here.

“It’s a gorgeous day. We’ve just visited the Venezuelan street food stall, which was fantastic. It’s great to have a local event like this – I hope that it gives visitors to Dorset the chance to see how fantastic it is here.”

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5:22pm Mon 23 Jun 14

ohnonothimagen says...

There were lots of stalls selling chilli based products but I didn't see any fresh chillis for sale and I only saw one stall selling cheese. There were lots of people there but I don't understand what I paid £5 entrance fee for. A couple of years ago I went to the Steam fair at Canford Magna - the entrance fee there was £5 and it was a day packed full of entertainment. Likewise, the Thai fairs in various places around this area have entertainment all day. I think I wasted my money on Sunday.
There were lots of stalls selling chilli based products but I didn't see any fresh chillis for sale and I only saw one stall selling cheese. There were lots of people there but I don't understand what I paid £5 entrance fee for. A couple of years ago I went to the Steam fair at Canford Magna - the entrance fee there was £5 and it was a day packed full of entertainment. Likewise, the Thai fairs in various places around this area have entertainment all day. I think I wasted my money on Sunday. ohnonothimagen
  • Score: 22

10:28pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Kerryisme says...

This was a great event, especially as it was the first one. My kids and I had a great time and loved the entertainment. The free activities for the kids was a nice touch and my husband got stuck into the chillies. All in all a good day out. I disagree with the previous comment, free car park, kids in for free, free entertainment for old and young all for £5! I'm going again next year.
This was a great event, especially as it was the first one. My kids and I had a great time and loved the entertainment. The free activities for the kids was a nice touch and my husband got stuck into the chillies. All in all a good day out. I disagree with the previous comment, free car park, kids in for free, free entertainment for old and young all for £5! I'm going again next year. Kerryisme
  • Score: -5

5:54pm Wed 25 Jun 14

ohnonothimagen says...

Kerryisme wrote:
This was a great event, especially as it was the first one. My kids and I had a great time and loved the entertainment. The free activities for the kids was a nice touch and my husband got stuck into the chillies. All in all a good day out. I disagree with the previous comment, free car park, kids in for free, free entertainment for old and young all for £5! I'm going again next year.
I'm glad you enjoyed it, Kerry, as I'm sure many other people did too. I just felt that I had paid £5 to enter a chilli sauce market. Maybe Saturday was the best day to go (I don't know which day you were there) and maybe you had to be there at the right times to take advantage of the entertainment - there was none all the time I was there. I didn't see any fresh chillies, only sauces etc. maybe I missed them. Will give it another go next year.
[quote][p][bold]Kerryisme[/bold] wrote: This was a great event, especially as it was the first one. My kids and I had a great time and loved the entertainment. The free activities for the kids was a nice touch and my husband got stuck into the chillies. All in all a good day out. I disagree with the previous comment, free car park, kids in for free, free entertainment for old and young all for £5! I'm going again next year.[/p][/quote]I'm glad you enjoyed it, Kerry, as I'm sure many other people did too. I just felt that I had paid £5 to enter a chilli sauce market. Maybe Saturday was the best day to go (I don't know which day you were there) and maybe you had to be there at the right times to take advantage of the entertainment - there was none all the time I was there. I didn't see any fresh chillies, only sauces etc. maybe I missed them. Will give it another go next year. ohnonothimagen
  • Score: 2
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