Some like it hot
By LEE McDOUGALL
IT was hot, damn hot, at Sawtell on Saturday ? and I'm not talking about the weather. The eighth annual Sawtell Chilli Festival was held in glorious conditions, attracting a large crowd estimated at about 5000. Sawtell Chamber of Commerce president Brian Knight said the day went without a hitch, with attendees appreciating the broad range of chillis on offer. "We decided this year to go back to basics and focus on the festival being a food festival, and not just another market day," Mr Knight said. "There were just under 40 exhibitors with some coming from as far away as Victoria and Queensland to display their chillis. If it could be made with chilli, then we had it. "There were chilli jams, a wide range of chilli sauces, just about anything you can imagine." Mr Knight said the chilli hat parade was again a huge hit with both participants and onlookers. "It was just a great day and it all went well." And as for next year? Well, start preparing your taste buds now as planning has already begun on the ninth annual Sawtell Chilli Festival.