15 March 2017

Herb and Chilli Festival

Last year I met Shishanee from The Spice Maze via instagram.  I was able to try out her range of spices and loved cooking with them.  This weekend they are heading to Wandin as a stall holder at the annual Herb & Chilli Festival.  I asked Shishanee to find out a bit more about the event for me and this is what Clive had to say.

The Herb & Chilli Festival

1. How did the chilli festival start

My wife and I have run events for other organisations over many years and felt we could do something for ourselves.  We have a business selling potted herbs to retail garden centres and though a herb festival would work well.  However when we tested this with friends it had a luke warm response.  We were talking to another friend who suggested chillis might be a good addition.  So the Herb and Chilli Festival was born.  Then we had to find a time and date.  We applied to be part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival in 2012 and were accepted but we had to have it on the third weekend in March that year.  The Jindivick Chilli event had moved back to that weekend from February in 2012 which was a clash but we felt the product was big enough for two festivals.

2. Tell us a bit more about the event

It is a two day festival with 90+ stalls and four stage.  Stalls include Hot Sauce Alley which is a series of specialist hot sauce producers and the Food Court with 30 stall selling food from all over the world – all using a range of herbs and man y with chilli.  Products range from Fish Tacos, twisted potatoes, Cambodian BBQ, pulled pork, arancini and this year Seychellois Creole (Creole cooking from the Seychelles).  Drinks include imported boutique Mexican beer, Mango beer, Lychee beer and several special brews from Moondog brewing.  There are stalls selling jams and chutneys, spices and rubs, smoking gear, jewellery, clothes and of course plants.

3. What can one expect at the chilli festival? 

Stage one is a series of speakers on chillis, herbs and how to grow them, Stage two is the Competition Stage with The Hellfire Wing Challenge, Captain Chili, Shout n Holler and an exhibition by the masked Mexican wrestlers.  Stage three is a series of cooking dem onstraions compared by our Festival Chef, Dani Venn and Stage 4 is the entertainment one with dancing displays by Peruvian Folkloric and music: Latin Fusion, R&B Zydeco and Willie Nelson tribute. There are jumping castles, pony rides, animal farm and face painting all for the kids and all free.

4. Where can we get tickets?  

On line at www.herbchillifestival.com.au

Thanks for giving us some background on the event Clive.  It sounds like a fun weekend.  We have a family pass to give away to one lucky Melbournite so make sure you check out our post on InstaFacebook.

1 comment:

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