Sharon Reid


For those lamenting summers’ departure, external heat may be hard to come by during this time of the year unless you are fortunate to fly off to more exotic climes; therefore a visit to The Festival of Heat, London’s Chilli Festival (27th September) is highly recommended as a means of generating internal heat.

This celebration of all things chilli related is now in its third year and will take place at The Red Market, Shoreditch. The Festival of Heat is a ‘hot –bed’ of new and established producers, chefs and market traders from across the length and breadth of the UK.

Sponsored by Encona Sauces – their West Indian Hot Pepper Sauce was a mainstay in my household growing up; The Festival of Heat promises an event –filled day with master classes, workshops and demonstrations. Topics include, ‘Growing the Perfect Chilli’, ‘Cooking with Chilli to achieve the perfect Heat’ and ‘How to Make a Good Curry.’ For all you aspiring food artisans take advantage of the opportunity to pick up some top tips on setting up your own hot sauce enterprise – from production to shelf.image

According to Rossana Leal, The Festival of Heat Founder and organiser, the festival is also a celebration of local and nationwide independent traders:

“We’re delighted to have the opportunity to embrace local as well as independent traders from all over the UK and the values they perpetuate: that growing, cooking & sharing food brings people together. This is especially poignant in an age where local trade and community values are being eroded by wider global interests. It’s of equal importance to create spaces in communities that address the way we eat, grow and experience food. We hope that the Festival of Heat 2015 will inspire people to take home the message that eating fresh local food not only enhances personal and environmental health, but also strengthens communities.”

Music comes courtesy of DJs and bands playing a diverse set from folk to bhangra.

Chomp your way through an array of Indonesian and South American street food from: Ayam Happy, Club Mexicana, El Peruanito, not forgetting The Posh Kebab Company and South Street Ice Creams to name but a few.


In keeping with The Festival of Heat’s ethos of accessibility for all, especially families and the local community, entrance is just £7.50 per person; FREE entry is granted to children under the age of 16 accompanied by a responsible adult.

Embrace your internal fire and head down to The Festival of Heat.


For tickets please visit: the-festival-of-heat

For further information including a full list of participating traders please visit: