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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
Temperatures rising in Langholm

IT will be hot, hot, hot in Langholm today as the town hosts its inaugural Chilli Festival.

Tastebuds will be set alight as some of the hottest varieties are ripe for tasting.

And fans of the fiery fruit will be spoiled for choice with a packed programme of events planned, including appearances from two celebrity chefs.

It kicks off at 10 am on Saturday at Chilli Centre, aka The Kilngreen, with special performances from both Langholm Town and Pipe Bands.

A market will run throughout the day with 30 different stalls and plenty of chilli themed food on offer and there will also be live music at different intervals and in different venues.

Businesses across the town will be getting into the festival spirit with their own topical offerings, from cushions to ice cream sauce.

The Buccleuch Centre will be transformed into a chilli farm boasting

Britain’s biggest selection of chilli plants, 180 in one room from bonsai to beast, sweet to superhot. It will also host a speech on how to grow chillis.

Visitors can visit the town’s Chilli Tunnel and pick their own from a selection of 200 plants.

There will also be the chance to meet the world’s only space smuggling cow, Buzzbo the Coosmonaut, and see its amazing space journey at the SuperSpecial Space Lab there, and to hear how a joke in a cafe led to the establishment of the Chilli Town idea.

Other festival highlights include a chilli eating competition with entrants challenged to try the world’s ten hottest chillis, while for kids there will be a bouncy castle, face painter and nature activities.

Live cookery demonstrations will be led by Tony Singh MBE and Masterchef finalist Jilly McCord, an ex Langholm lass. The pair will also take part in a Space Chilli Cook Off with local chef Sam from the Crown Hotel.

Visitors are promised free parking, free entry and even free milk!

The day will round off with a ceilidh at Langholm Social Club.

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