Testing potency of the chillies at the Sawtell Chilli Festival.
Testing potency of the chillies at the Sawtell Chilli Festival.

Chill out at a chilly chilli day

THERE is no better way to ward off this “chilly” winter today than by spending the day at the annual Sawtell Chilli Festival being held on First Avenue in Sawtell.

For the first time, organisers are asking people to make a gold coin donation to help with festival costs.

Another first is the Latin Dance Party being held in conjunction with Coffs Latin Rhythms. Beginner’s Latin dance lessons kick it off in the evening and there will be two live bands – the nine-piece Rhythm Konnections from Byron Bay and the eight-piece Latin Brothers from the Gold Coast.

“The original festival was created as a way to ward off a ‘chilly’ winter – never more appropriate than now, considering the cold weather we’ve been having,” festival organiser Ruth Anne Triebier said.

“The festival offers a huge variety of options . . . and if you don’t like chillies, there’s plenty of non-chilli foods to choose from, so I hope we can put to rest the misconception that this festival is just about chilli, when it’s actually so much more than that.”

Australia’s leading chilli product manufacturers will join regional restaurateurs to put an international diversity of cuisine on show. The myriad of chilli products, some of which are award winners, range from ‘spicy novice’ through to ‘chilli connoisseur’.

There’s also free kids’ rides, entertainment and music, chilli tasting and most of all, plenty of fun.

“This wonderful community event is shaping up to be a great day for families. Whether you like it hot and spicy or more mild, there will be a huge range of stalls, cafés and restaurants to cater to your tastes.”

The 2010 Sawtell Chilli Festival is on today from 10am to 4pm. A drumming workshop will be held from 6.30pm to 8pm, followed by the Festive Dance Party, from 8pm to late.



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