Can you handle the heat?

Can you handle the heat?

Araluen Botanic Park staff member Angie Colman among the produce ahead of this year’s festival. Photograph – Aaron Van Rongen.

Cooking classes, plant sales, tastings and appearances from internationally renowned chilli heads will be some of the highlights awaiting chilli enthusiasts at this year’s Araluen Chilli and Herb Festival. 

Held over two days at the Botanic Park the long-running festival was back where it started 15 years ago after a return to Araluen from Fremantle last year. 

General manager Grant Nixon said this year’s festival had a double theme and was focusing not only on the spicy fruit but also herbs. 

“It will offer a wide variety of herbs for sale as well as delicious chilli and herb creations from our 41 stallholders,” he said.

“The festival team is proud this year to welcome international speaker Johnny Scoville a notorious chilli enthusiast from the United States.” 

The event will also feature a talk from horticulturalist, gardening writer and television presenter Sue McDougall, demonstrations from chefs and live entertainment by The Santana Experience, Grace Barbé and Jason Ayres. 

Festivalgoers young and old can be assured they won’t go home hungry with plenty of tastings and a variety of products including smoked chilli gin, avocado and coriander beer and some of the hottest sauces in the state to purchase and bring to their table at home. 

The festival will be held on February 16 and 17 from 10am to 5pm.

For more information contact Araluen Botanic Park.