Festival Address: Seaton Delaval Hall, The Ave, Seaton Sluice NE26 4QR
I can’t think of any other event that combines the potential presence of chilling ghostly apparitions with, well, chillies. It is within one of our finest examples of Baroque architecture that the North East Chilli Festival will be held once again this year, tempting those with a penchant for eye-watering spice and showcasing every possible chilli-related food going.
The supposedly haunted Delaval Hall is the setting, and boy is it breathtaking. Locals claim a white lady roams the halls, so if you’re lucky you may catch a glimpse of her. This National Trust building is totally worth a visit any time of year, so your visit to the festival may well tempt you back for a more historically focused afternoon.
On the Saturday however, it won’t just be the building that takes your breath away, as the North East Chilli Festival, home to some of the hottest chillies you’ll ever have the fortune (or misfortune) to come across, comes to town.
The day won’t be limited to the tasting and testing of this capsicum, which is actually a fruit. There will be a great range of food and drink for you to sample and entertainment to boot. From coffees to crepes, you’ll be spoilt for choice for things to try on the day. Last year’s entertainment included a chilli eating competition (more fool you if you joined in, but it was spectacularly funny to watch), a photo booth complete with sunglasses and sombreros and more live music than you can shake your maracas at.
Last but certainly not least, you will of course be able to sample different chilli products, purchase chutneys and pickles and all sorts of chilli-based produce. You can pick up tips and seeds for growing your own at home and have a flaming good time in the process.
http://www.chillifest-ne.co.uk/ for more info and tickets