Weekend Dedicated to growing Chillies with the RHS at Rosemoor

RHS Garden Rosemoor hosts first-ever Devon Chilli Fiesta 10 – 11 May 2014

Go wild about chillies at the new Devon event in May.
Go wild about growing, eating and even wearing chillies
at the new Devon event in May. Photo: RHS

RHS Garden Rosemoor, in partnership with the Dartmoor Chilli Farm, will host the county’s first-ever chilli festival with a whole weekend dedicated to the world of chillies. Devon Chilli Fiesta has a theme of ‘Growing Chillies‘ and offers a great day out for chilli enthusiasts, gardeners, food lovers and families alike. Commercial chilli growers and experts from across the UK will be on hand to meet visitors and answer their flame-hot questions.   

 The Terrace Marquee will be full of artisan chilli companies from across the UK offering chilli plants, chilli seeds, chilli jewellery, mild to wild chilli sauces, chilli chutneys, chilli chocolate, chilli fudge and much more.

Two great chefs will demonstrate cooking with chillies, giving visitors ideas and recipes to try at home.

With photography and chilli sauce competitions, chilli talks, samba music, dancing, children’s activities and guided walks of the garden, the Devon Chilli Fiesta has plenty for the whole family to enjoy.

Apart from that, this year Rosemoor will have a Tolkien theme with ‘Journeys Into Middle-Earth’, opening on 24 May, which will include original art and paintings from Ted Nasmith, a leading illustrator for JRR Tolkien’s iconic books. Letters and memorabilia kindly loaned by the Tolkien family will also be displayed alongside the art works. Families can follow special trails to see garden sculptures including the outside of a Middle-Earth dwelling and garden.

For those of you who have never visited RHS Garden Rosemoor it may help to know that it has a whole regalia of awards for being such an amazing place. These include
:Silverin Visit Devon’s Best Large Visitor Attraction 2013
• North Devon’sTop Day Out 2013
• Which? TravelBest UK Garden 2012
•Best Café / Tearoom 2013in Devon’s Food & Drink ‘Love The Flavour’
•Best Restaurant 2013 and 2012(Garden Centre’s Association Wales & West Region).

But remember the Devon Chilli Fiesta has plenty for the whole family to enjoy. Also that RHS Rosemoor is one of the amazing gardens under the care of the RHS that you can get to visit completely free if you were a member as well as being able to get tickets for exclusive members only days at the great Royal Horticultural Society events like the Chelsea Flower Show and the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.