The festival’s founder, Rossana Leal, talks about how chillies unite countries from all over the world, breaking through language barriers via the ‘language of chilli’. The Festival of Heat brings these cultures together under a fiery umbrella, showcasing cuisines from all over the world: Indonesian street food from Ayam Happy, Mexican cuisine from El Padron; and Peruvian street food from El Peruanito. For dessert, try Aguana Boca churros and chilli chocolate or take away the heat with a South Street ice cream.
Want to grow your own chilli, make the best curry or learn how to add just the right amount of heat to your cooking? The series of master classes and workshops will reveal chilli tips and secrets. Experts include The World of Zing and Made in Hackney, who make a delicious chilli oil. There will also be plenty of chilli sauces and marinades to buy from the festival’s sponsor Encona, and many more small producers including The Jay Curry Festival: Sri Lankan Pickles & Preserves, Zambian Chilli Products and Grim Reaper Foods.
Red Market is the perfect spot for this uber cool festival, with plenty of places to chill out. If you fancy cooling down in a more tasteful style, prop yourself up at the upstairs bar next to the fluorescent flamingo, or sit on the swing and sip on the festival’s signature cocktail, ‘Background Heat’.
Date: 12 – 6pm Sunday 27th September
Address: Red Market, 288-299 Old Street, London EC1V 91A
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