If you’ve been looking for some heat all summer, then all is not lost. The temperature is set to rise at Scone Palace this weekend as their hotly anticipated Chilli Fest gets under way as part of the 5 star visitor attraction’s Scottish Food and Drink Festival 2015.
Taking place in the Palace grounds over two days from Saturday 19th – Sunday 20th September, the festival will celebrate ‘The Year of Food and Drink’ with some of the country’s finest food producers and artisans on hand to tempt visitors with their tasty creations and present live cookery demonstrations.
As well as a focus on delicious local and artisan food, there will also be live music and tango dancing demonstrations to add another spicy option for visitors to experience. On Sunday afternoon. Edinburgh-based band, Drums N’ Roses will provide entertainment from 1.00pm-3.00pm.
Presented by Chilli Dave of the Clifton Chilli Club, the now famous Chilli Eating Competition, into its third year, is a not for the faint hearted, or for sensitive stomachs, but is definitely not to be missed! 15 brave and, some would say, hot-headed, competitors will take on the challenge of eating 15 of the hottest chillies in the world. See this on both Saturday and Sunday at 3.00pm.
In partnership with Perth Farmer’s Market, the festival will celebrate Scotland’s larder with a range of local and national food producers exhibiting their delicious produce including Cairn O’ Mohr Fruit Wines, a gin tasting from Strathearn Distillery and The Caledonian Oyster Co. Ltd who will have a fresh oyster bar for festival visitors to enjoy.
There will also be a vast array of chilli based exhibitors, sticking to the spicy theme throughout the weekend. Vendors include Allan’s Chilli Products who will be exhibiting hot chilli sauces and jellies, chilli sauces from Spice of Fife and chilli jams from Lone Star Chilli. There will even be chilli inspired artwork from Chilli Bang Bang for those who would like a more permanent piece of spicy memorabilia.
Cookery demonstrations will be led by four of the local area’s finest chefs. Sarah Mellersh from Let’s Cook Scotland, Praveen Kumar of Tabla Indian Restaurant in Perth, Tim Dover from The Roost Restaurant in Bridge of Earn and Bhola Khanal from Everest Inn, a Perth-based Nepalese restaurant, will all be there to showcase their cookery expertise and offer advice to any budding chefs, both amateur and professional.
Heather McArthur, Events Manager at Scone Palace commented:
“As this is Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink, we are really excited to be welcoming so many vibrant and diverse food producers from far and wide to Scone Palace. Having just received our Taste Our Best accreditation from VisitScotland, it is fantastic to be able to showcase our food provenance alongside some of the best artisan food producers and suppliers in the country.
“We hope people will come along this weekend and enjoy the spicy activities we have in store, from our Chilli Eating Competition to tango dancing demonstrations. Our festival offers a great day out for all ages and, just to be clear, chilli eating isn’t mandatory!”