05/03/2008 - 22:00


05/03/2008 - 22:00


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We all know someone who can’t help throwing chillies in everything they cook or always asking for a side serve of chillies when they order at the restaurant.

Well, now there is a haven for all the chilli afficianadoes out there where they can mingle with likeminded lovers of chilli and discover all the varieties and side products available.

The Perth Chilli Festival takes place in Araluen Botanic Park on March 8 and 9. In fact, delicacies such as chilli teas, wines and beers will be on sale, as will the more classic chilli sauces, chutney, pickles and dukkahs.

The festival organisers have considered every kind of emergency and even planned cooling ice creams, smoothies and lassies – an Indian milk-based drink – for those who overdo it.

The entry cost is $12 for adults, $6 for children and there is a $30 family package which includes two adults and up to six children.


The first Eataly Dinner of the year, organised by the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is ‘visiting’ the northeast Italian region of Emilia Romagna.

 “Romagna Mia” will take place on March 12 at Maretti Caffe’e Cucina in Mosman Park.

As well as a four-course dinner, the evening will include a discussion about new trends in Italian tourism accommodation, including ‘Alberghi Diffusi’, which provide standard hotel quality accommodation while in an authentic village setting.

The Eataly Dinners events have been running since last year, and there will be at least two more to come in 2008. The cost is $60 for members, $75 for non-members.  


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