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Cheese and Chilli Fest – Guildford

Reflecting on the Guildford Cheese and Chilli Festival today with mixed feelings. 

Sales were down, though the crowds were up.

All set up for the Cheese and Chilli Fest Guildford

Saturday was the killer. The Pepper Jar pitch wasn’t well situated at all. We were on the outer perimeter of a bend which naturally took visitors away from our stall. This was made worse because punters also had the chance to take a short cut to the entertainment area before they even reached us, which meant they had no reason to walk anywhere near our stall.

So saturday was a hard sell, I felt a bit like one of those reps in Benidorm trying to coax punters into their bar from the streets with the promise of 4 free shots!! 

Stall all set up and waiting

However… credit to the organisers who listened to our concerns and addressed them effectively for Sunday.

Thanks to a makeshift fence and a strategically placed giant inflatable Cheese and we were driving the crowds nearer to our stall once more.

Other positives included watching the UK Chilli Queen extend her unbeaten run to 63 not out, against USA’s finest, Johnny Scoville.

And I was delighted to have my wife with me all weekend too, for company and some pretty neat sales and marketing ideas.

No medals this time, but there were way more top quality rivals and I’m just thankful to have been stood amongst them.

The small matter of The Game Fair comes next, then on to Cheltenham….

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Cheese and Chilli Fest – Swindon 2019

Monday mornings following a festival are typically a struggle. De-camping the weekends’ car-load of boxes, gazebos, signage and stock is a laborious necessity. Except for today. For today, I still have a massive spring in my step following the Swindon Cheese and Chilli Festival

The Garlic Fire Sauce was VERY popular at the weekend.

The weather was perfect, the crowds turned out in their thousands – and they were a real decent bunch – interested in the products, knowledgable, engaging and there for a good time! 

If that wasn’t enough reason for my upbeat Monday morning, sales were up too. 👍🏻

Furthermore, my fellow traders were all on good form too, we had lots of laughs and superb comradery which gets stronger each event. Name dropping Chilli Olly & Chilli Pepper Perrett, Sico, and the Smoking Crow Guys here.

So, all in all a glorious event. Oh wait, there was one other thing…

My first ever 1st place GOLD MEDAL 😊🥇 which was awarded to my amazing ‘Garlic Fire’ in the mild category. (I also got a 3rd place bronze medal for Smokin’ Fire in the medium section).

I’m overjoyed, beyond delighted. Not least of all, because these are voted for by the visiting public in the tasting tent, but also because there are so many awesome products in each category, created by some of the biggest names and most talented Chilli chefs in the country.

And here’s me, little Pepper Jar Creations, setting the festivals on Fire. 

Thank you Swindon from the bottom of my heart 🌶

If you want to get your own jar of the award-winning sauces, remember they can be purchased through this website. Also, ensure that you are following us on social media to get involved in our competitions. When you use the sauces, make sure you tag us in any post so that we can share ideas with the Pepper Jar community. Use the hashtag #pepperjarcreations

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Higham Ferrers Charter Celebration Day Market

Pepper Jar had a good day’s trading at the Higham Ferrers Charter Celebration Day Market.

Pepper Jar Creations Stall

It was the hottest day of the year so far, but the crowds still came out to taste and buy the delicious range of Pepper Jar hot sauces.

It was good to meet the Mayor and to see the locals dressed up in medieval costume as part of the celebrations.

While the children were choosing their favourite ice creams, the grown ups were deciding which Pepper Jar Chilli Sauce was their favourite, and with the full range on offer there was something to suit all tastes.

We return to Higham next month, but until then it’s full focus on the Cheese and Chilli Festivals – starting again this weekend in Swindon.

Cheese & Chilli Festival Flyer

Hope to see you soon and keep looking at social media (click on the icons at the top of this page) and the Pepper Jar Creations website for offers, competitions and to purchase your favourite chilli sauces. 🌶