After sending spicy food fans mad on Tuesday after reporting the announcement of the first ever Reading Chilli Festival getreading spoke to co-organiser Jon Doody to find out a but more.
When is it?
The inaugural Reading Chilli Festival will be held in the town centre in Market Place from 10am until 5pm on Saturday, June 20 as part of Reading UK CIC’s Eat Reading Live event.
What is it?
Reading Chilli Festival is a completely different event to the Reading Chilli Cook Off which takes place every year at Tilehurst Festival in Prospect Park.
There will be more than 35 chilli related stalls as well as Man V Food style competitions including a hot wing challenge as well as the much-loved chilli eating contest.
“In the hot wing challenge we will give people 50 hot wings but a couple of them with be rogue, super-hot wings – they won’t know which ones they are.
“The chilli eating contest is great – we start with a load of people and give them a really mild chilli like a jalapeno then if they eat it they go on to the next round.
“We build it up until there are only a few people left and give them massively spicy chillis like the ghost pepper.”
How much will it cost?
Nothing – the event is free although stalls will be charging for whatever they’re selling.
“I’ve been going to chilli festivals all over for the last few years, I love the food and think there’s a real movement in this country for spicy food at the minute.
“Dawn Massam organised the Oxfordshire Chilli Festival last year and won an award for best new comer in The People’s Choice UK Chilli Awards for it.
“We’re both very passionate and we’re not doing it for the money – you don’t tend to make money at events like these.”
What else will be there?
Organisers Jon and Dawn are planning to have a main stage at the event for the competitions and live music.
“We’re talking to some bands,” said Jon.
“There will be acts people have heard of so we’re working on that now.”