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Arts and Entertainment | 19th September 2021

Chilli festival coming to Langholm

Self-confessed chilli capital of Scotland to host first ever ChilliFest


LANGHOLM Chilli Club has announced its first ever chilli festival.

Fans of spice will flock to the widely regarded chilli capital of Scotland, Langholm, to check out and test out some of the hottest chillis the world has to offer.

Plus, there will be two celebrity chefs cooking up a storm and going head-to-head in what is thought to be the world’s first ever space-chilli cook-off.

It will take place on Saturday 23 October and, according to one of its organisers, Mark Hodgson, it is going to be ‘the biggest and bestest ChilliFest this year’.

“There’s so much we’ve got planned and so much to look forward to,” said the Langholm Chilli Club’s founder Mark Hodgson.

“We want as many people as possible to come and enjoy themselves, it’s been a tough couple of years and this event is something the town deserves and we’re excited to see many new faces from out of town too.

“It’s going to be hot stuff.”

The festival will take place all around town, with Britain’s’ biggest selection of chilli plants on display at the Buccleuch centre – alongside talks from leading global chilli experts.

On the Kilngreen, celebrity chefs, Tony Singh and Jilly McCord will present cooking demonstrations before competing against each other in a space-chilli cook-off.

In addition, 30 chilli-market stalls are planned and there will be a Scottish mariachi, as well as, of course, the obligatory chilli-eating competition with the world’s 10 hottest chillies.

There will be some spice-less local food and drinks and plenty more to keep youngsters occupied.

The centre of town will see a street market, with local businesses all doing their own special chilli-based products and live bands keeping the tempo up.

Finally, down at the Langholm Social Club people can see the ‘super-special-chilli-space-lab’, where they can learn how to grow chillis, and meet a special intergalactic visitor.

The whole day will be rounded off with a four band Ceilidh at the Buccleuch centre.

The club thanked Event Scotland, the Arthur Bell Trust, The Bowman Little Trust, the Stevenson Trust and the Stoneypath Trust for supporting ChilliFest 2021.

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