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On 24 Sep 2011 at 10:05pm John Harris wrote:
Did anyone go to the supposed chilli festival on a lawn near Southease today? If not, you missed out on a table of chillis, near on boiling bitter and not much else....the hype leading up to this event was near on incredible for Lewes' standards....if you bought a chilli plant for a tenner, i really pity you!
On 25 Sep 2011 at 2:12am Dingo wrote:
Would you say a chilli can con you?
On 25 Sep 2011 at 9:40am Rich wrote:
Such a positive place this forum.
There was a table of many varieties of of fresh chillies all grown there in the village, another three tables of jams sauces and relishes, also all made by the residents of the village. There was a barbecue, four varieties of chilli con carne, plates of padron chillies, and a dj playing funk and soul music. Finally there was a bar that had a queue in constant attendance - not something that I think would happen if they only sold "boiling bitter".
Maybe you got there too late, and most of it was over, because what you describe is miles away from the reality of the event. If so I pity you, as you really missed out.
On 25 Sep 2011 at 2:35pm Dave wrote:
Spot on Rich. I thought it was great, I had 2 platesneilpalmer78@yahoo.com of chilli, 1 lamb pitta and 2 lots of chilli roulette. I had a great time and so did my little boy.
There weren't sideshows and blokes selling necklaces that light up in the dark, no tombolas or coconut shies and thank £&@" for that.
A really pleasant afternoons chilli(n)
On 25 Sep 2011 at 2:55pm ADT wrote:
I second that Dave, I too had a great time - even the bit when steam was coming out of my ears after eating a Scotch Bonnet.
John Harris is a miserable troll.
On 25 Sep 2011 at 11:33pm JOE wrote:
I too pity the original poster...a pessimist his boiling cup of ale is obviously half empty instead of half full. The chilli festival was really good. The event is free...chilli con carne for 3 quid and lots of ale, which tasted fine to me and some chilled out tunes in the sun.
On 26 Sep 2011 at 9:04am Shardlake wrote:
Was the weather chilly?
On 26 Sep 2011 at 12:06pm kevsy wrote:
Agree it was a great afternoon, chilli, beer, music, sunshine - people enjoying themselves without trying very hard. All very local and relaxed. The day is laready in my diary for next year.
I had a slight moan about the hottest chiili, it was very hot but also burnt. Debated taking back but thought that would be a bit unecessary given the effort everyone had gone to.
On 26 Sep 2011 at 12:06pm Rickshaw Eddie wrote:
Yes, Chilli fest was great, better than last year, more choice on food, beer and ale perfect, loved the loose chillis for sale.
Only issue, again, as last year was the music. Whilst good, do you really have to play it so loud that people could not really chat comfortably. Same as last year. Everyone on the green appeared to say it was far too loud to be enjoyable. Someone clearly complained and it was turned down for a bit yet the volum creeped up again.
play music yes, though not so loud as so people cannot speak.
On 29 Sep 2011 at 11:51am David Wilson wrote:
John Harris,
I organised the Southease Chilli Day event. A handful of volunteers from the village run the event only to cover costs, a sizeable portion of the rest of the money is donated to Cancer Research UK.
Nobody called it a 'festival' - It's just a nice day out, in beautiful surroundings, in the name of some spicy food, good music, a few beers and with any luck a bit of sunshine and a few quid for charity.
If you can find enough fault with that to complain on a public forum, I genuinely do pity you, perhaps you should stay at home next year.
Either way, thanks to everyone who came and enjoyed the day, and for your kind comments and feedback - see you next year.
David Wilson
On 3 Oct 2011 at 10:45am RichHoward wrote:
Sounds like a good time was had by all (but one). Sad I missed it, I'll have to keep my eyes peeled for next years event.

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