Tours and Experiences

Covid-19 Update

Tours, workshops, and experiences:   Our popular Chilli Experiences resume in May 2021. If you have a voucher and you would like to book we would encourage you to make the booking as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. If circumstances do change and those events later in 2021 need to be postponed we will contact you. We will aim to keep our customers updated on any changes and we would encourage you to join our mailing list and follow us Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to stay up-to-date with the latest.

The Chilli Tour and Tasting for Two

 

This is the one where it all started 13 years ago, our first chilli experience and today still the most popular by a country mile. The tours run throughout our chilli growing season from approximately May until November.

We’ll share some interesting facts with you about chilli peppers.
You’ll go for a walk around the ranch, see lots of different varieties growing, and see how we grow on a commercial scale.
We’ll finish with a hosted tasting sensation of delicious gourmet products and fresh chillies!!! Don’t worry, we’ll have some milk handy if you need to put the fire out.
This is an informal, fun and friendly experience with real passionate hosts who love what they do. ​

After the tour why not hang around and pick your own chillies in the dedicated PYO tunnel, shop for plants, pods, and sauces or enjoy cakes or lunch in our onsite cafe.

Afternoon Tea with Tasting Session

For some, a regular afternoon tea is just a bit too mild, where the only heat you’ll find is in a fresh pot of tea. If you’re one with a more fiery palate, then this Chilli Afternoon Tea for Two with Chilli Tasting session will put your tongue to the test.

We know what we’re talking about when it comes to all things chilli, and with the restaurant located here at Edible Ornamentals you’ll never get fresher capsaicin goodness. Chilli-infused scones, chilli themed sandwiches, tortilla chips and sweet chilli sauce (but not all mixed together), along with tea or coffee and a helping of homemade chilli cake. If you find the heat might be building up too much then glasses of milk are optional, and you’ll also get some Italian sipping hot chocolate to cap off your chilli-based bonanza.

Along with your afternoon tea you’ll also both be treated to a chilli tasting session, where you can try fresh chillies and gourmet chilli sauces led by a chilli nursery expert. If chillies are your thing, you can’t get much better than this.

What’s Included?

  • Taste fresh chillies and gourmet chilli sauces made on-site
    An afternoon tea with finger sandwiches, tortilla chips, homemade cake, and a pot of tea or coffee
    A cup of tasty Italian sipping hot chocolate each
    Friendly and knowledgeable hosts

…who have plenty of fresh milk to put the fire out.

 

 

Chilli Growers Workshop

Whether you’re a keen gardener or you’ve never grown a plant in your life there’s something for everyone in the Chilli Growers Workshop and we’re enormously proud to bring it to you again in 2022.

This offer is for TWO people. The workshop lasts between two and three hours and covers everything from propagation right through to over-wintering your chilli plants.

We cover:

  • Harvesting your own seeds and how to propagate successfully.
  • Tips for getting bigger and more productive plants.
  • Advice that will help you to decide when to pick your chillies.
  • How to over-winter your plant to get a second season.
  • Simple things that you can do to reduce the risks of pests and disease.

You will also enjoy a unique, hosted tasting session of gourmet sauces and jams and fresh chillies.  Don’t worry, milk will be on hand to put out the fire.

Cooking with Chillies Made Simple Workshop (one person)

This voucher is for one person.  This fun and informal cook-along session begins with a tasting session of fresh chilli peppers. Don’t worry, there will be plenty of milk on hand if you get a hot one.  Next we will select some fresh chillies and/or dried, smoked, or maybe even frozen chillies to use in our selected recipe’s. We will cook-along together three chilli-inspired dishes that you can take home and enjoy. The session ends with a tasting session of gourmet chilli products in the restaurant.

The venue is Edible Ornamentals, our award winning chilli farm on the Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire border… close to the Black Cat Roundabout on the A1.

You’re buying a voucher.  This can be redeemed by using our online booking tool on the chilliranch.co.uk website.  Use the search form to search for available dates.  Choose a date and book online.

Aprons are available to borrow or bring your own.  🙂

If you have any questions about the experience please drop us an email at info@chillitour.co.uk and we’ll be happy to help.

Chilli Sauce Making Workshop

This voucher is for one (1) person to attend the Edible Ornamentals Chilli Sauce Making Workshop.
This fun, hands-on workshop has been running for more than six years and has received excellent feedback.
When you grow chillies you soon learn they all come at the same time.  This workshop is for those of you who want to transform those spicy beauties into something that will have a shelf life but that you can use and enjoy in food.
This course is all about cooking up sauces, jams, pickles using chillies.  We hope to inspire you to develop your own signature product that  you can enjoy yourself as well as share with family and friends.
The workshop is delivered in an informal, interactive, and friendly environment in the test kitchen here at the ranch.  Here’s an example of the topics we’ll cover:

  • Facts about chillies 
  • Tasting session (sauces and chillies)
  • Styles of Sauces 
  • Flavour options and combinations
  • Creating textures
  • Balancing Heat & Flavour
  • Practical advice and chef’s shortcuts