A spicy expert from the Caloundra BUZZ magzine.
Whether the thought of chillies drains the colour from your face, or you sprinkle jalapenos on your cereal, chillies unquestioningly bring an unparalleled and lingering sensation of warmth and flavour to a dish.
With the steam of the inaugural Hot 91 Ignite Chilli Festival enduring long after the burning sensation left our lips, the festival of chillies herbs and spices is back, hot and raring to go.
Reigniting on Saturday 17 November on Bulcock Street, the Hot 91 Ignite Chilli Festival will return to Caloundra with all the same spicy entertainment enjoyed last year and a whole lot more.
Showcasing the colour and vibrancy of chillies the festival will fuse food, music, roving entertainment and cooking demonstrations from 9am to 6pm.
Masterchef runner up, Sunshine Coast local and part-owner of popular Sunshine Beach restaurant, Matt Sinclair will be the Hot 91 Ignite Chilli Festival 2018 celebrity chef.
Matt – among the most successful of the MasterChef alumni – launched his incredibly popular restaurant, Sum Yung Guys in 2017 alongside three talented friends in the industry.
The Asian inspired dishes served at the often booked out Sunshine Beach restaurant demonstrates the young team’s appetite for Eastern cuisine.
“The food is an expression of everything we have come to love about the region and our cocktails have been developed to compliment our passion for Asian cuisine and culture,” Matt says.
“I’m looking forward to bringing some of our signature dishes to life at the Festival.”
Currently the largest chilli festival in Queensland, the Hot91 Ignite Chilli Festival aims to become the largest in Australia.
Featuring the Sunshine Coast Chilli Eating Championships, the festival brings together a range of new and diverse food experiences from around the world – each tailored to turn up the heat.
With more than 10,000 people expected to attend, this Caloundra festival is attracting chilli loving vendors and experts from all over south-east Queensland – from the Gold Coast to Toowoomba to Gympie and beyond.
“We are looking forward to building on last year’s event and not only showcase chillies and their exciting and diverse uses, but also bring our food experiences to life,” said Caloundra Chamber of Commerce President Michael Shadforth.
“Our Chamber is proud to have given life to this event which brings many people from across the region into Caloundra for a day of food, fun and entertainment.”
“Last year’s event gave us a taste of what was possible and this year we are eagerly expanding on our past successes with high profile celebrity chef Matt Sinclair.”
Caloundra’s chilli guru - Vicki Taylor - is a passionate advocate, and core team member of the festival.
“We’ve been working hard to bring new and exciting traders and experiences to the event – and can’t wait to welcome Matt Sinclair to Caloundra and see what he has in store,” the owner of spice emporium and cooking school Red Hot Chilli Pepper said.