Chilli festival hots up with Jose Cuervo cocktails

Gabriela Moncada Brand Advocacy Manager for Jose CuervoChilli-infused cocktails made with Jose Cuervo tequila are part of a hot line-up of food and drink at a festival in London paying homage to the chilli pepper.

Chilli Chilli Bang Bang has been organised by Thomasina Miers, co-founder of restaurant and bar group Wahaca, with food and drink events organisers Tweat Up and Street Feast.

The two-day weekend festival takes place on May 9 and 10, transforming Dalston Yard in east London into “the chilli pepper capital of the world”.

Gabriela Moncada (pictured), brand ambassador for Jose Cuervo, will be mixing up a menu of cocktails at the Treehouse Bar including frozen Margariatas, a Paloma with a chilli rim, a Lemon & Chilli Margarita and a Strawberry and Chilli Frozen Margarita.

Jose Cuervo will also host the Lucha Libre Cocktail Battles, giving bartenders the chance to show off their skills. Taking place over three rounds, the winner will take home a year’s supply of Jose Cuervo Tradicional tequila.

Contestants lined up so far include Hannah Waddingon of Sidewinder in Brighton, Frederico Gisbert of Hawksmoor in London, Flavio Wijesinghe of Soho House in London and Sushant Mane of the Connaught Bar in London.

There will also be demonstrations by leading chefs including Thomasina herself along with Roberto Solis, Giorgio Locatelli, Anna Hansen, Gizzi Erskine, Atul Kochhar, Stevie Parle, Jeremy Lee, Sam Clark, Tim Anderson, Tom Parker Bowles, Martin Morales, Allegra McEvedy, Andy Bates and Claire Ptak.

The festival will also feature fiery street food from all four corners of the globe, a Spice Market featuring lots of goodies to take home, a Hot Sauce Deli, DJs and live entertainment.

Wahaca will serve its signature pork pibil tacos, while other international cuisines from top London restaurants will include Indian from Rola Wala and Roti Chai, Sichuanese from Bar Shu, Thai from Som Saa, and Japanese from Nanban and Yum Bun, as well as Singaporean, Malaysian, Vietnamese, Korean street food staples and pepped-up American barbecue and US diner favourites from SmokeStak, BOB’s Lobster and Slider Bar. There will also be chilli chocolate from Rococo.

Chilli Chilli Bang Bang will be split into three sessions: Friday 5pm to midnight, Saturday noon to 5pm and Saturday 6pm to midnight). Tickets are £15 each which includes a large Jose Cuervo cocktail, a Corona beer, a Margarita and hot sauce from Wahaca as well as lots of other goodies, deals and discounts in the Chilli Notes Festival Guide.

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