Heat is on at first festival of its kind

CHILLI lovers are promised something to tickle their tastebuds this July as the inaugural North East Chilli Festival gets underway at Seaton Delaval Hall.

The event, held on the weekend of July 7 and 8, is organised by Northumberland-based deli Hot Stuff Chilli and the National Trust, will feature the UK’s top chilli producers.

And the weekend is promising to be a scorcher, where enthusiasts will be able to taste a host of different chillies, including the world’s current hottest specimen, the Trinidad ‘Moruga Scorpion’.

There will also be music, strolling bands, children’s activities, an international food marquee, picnic areas, history, walks, games and more.

Tickets for the event are now on sale – with an initial 2-for-1 and children go free deals being offered at www.chillifest-ne.co.uk and at mmm... in Newcastle’s Grainger Market.

Mark Deakin, owner of Hot Stuff Chilli, said: “Chilli festivals are held all over the UK, attracting thousands of visitors, and for a long time the north east has been missing out.

“There is a host of producers of award-winning spicy food in the region and we want to bring them together with the UK’s finest in a superb venue for what we think will be a regular family event for the region.”

Coun George Todd, chairman of Northumberland County Council, said: “The plans look really exciting and I’m sure the festival will bring in the crowds.

“This is a fantastic venue that is really becoming a part of the community and we wish the organisers every success.