Used to be that when we Americans got done making fun of Britons’ bad teeth, our next move was to slam their bland food. Fair? Well, it wasn’t far from the truth for quite some time – excluding the gorgeous and occasionally firey tastes of the UK’s favourite cuisine (Indian, of course).
Things have changed, and for proof look no further than The Festival of Heat 2016. London’s official “Chilli Festival”, as that’s how they spell it over here, takes place on Sunday 25th September, in fashionable and food-friendly Shoreditch.
Visitors can learn about the Scoville Scale, take part in cooking demonstrations and fresh salsa tastings and pretty much burn their faces off to their heart’s content. Dogs are welcome too, but, obviously they have more sense than we do.
Where else can you suck on Little Girl’s Fingers or get a Vietnamese Tearjerker without getting hauled off to jail?
The Festival of Heat: 11 till 6pm 25th September @ Red Market, 288-299 Old Street, London, EC1V 9LA.
A former ABC National, Dallas and Atlanta radio personality, Martina O'Boyle is now making movies and covering culture in London, Dublin, and as far in Europe as the cheapie flights will take her, for Pop Culture Beast.