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FIRED UP: Town centre manager Andrew Sloman is on the hunt for sponsors for the town's first chilli festival, which will be held in May. (d1d0021143)

FIRED UP: Town centre manager Andrew Sloman is on the hunt for sponsors for the town's first chilli festival, which will be held in May. (d1d0021143)

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A FIERY food festival will spice up Dewsbury this summer.

But the size and success of the tow’’s first chilli festival depends on the support of local businesses.

The food festival is planned for May to coincide with Dewsbury’s second real ale festival.

Town centre manager Andrew Sloman said: “We think it’s a fantastic opportunity to bring thousands of people into the area.

“Our big challenge now is to ensure we have funding for events like these.

“With council cuts, we’re aware that funding is prioritised to the areas of most need so we’re looking to the private sector to help us put on new events.”

The chilli festival will be held outside the town hall and along Longcauseway and Foundry Street.

It will have food stalls with ingredients and cuisine from around the world as well as music and family entertainment.

Mr Sloman said: “We’ve seen many food and drink festivals in the area over the last few years but there aren’t any chilli festivals in Yorkshire. They attract thousands of people and they really are fun.

“There’s a fantastic range of cuisines that use chillies as a key ingredient – Indian, Pakistani, south Asian, West Indian and South America.

“I’ve been to festivals where they have had 50 or 60 stalls with local produce. For example, butchers selling their own produce and special products for the festival involving chillis.

“We want to build on the strength of being a market town and spice up Dewsbury.”

If the festival is to run for three days, around £10,000 in sponsorship will be needed from a major sponsor or several sponsors.

Mr Sloman said: “Some of the money would be raised by charging for stalls but we’re looking for a major sponsor.

“We’re prepared to offer a huge amount of publicity, free stalls and advertising to whoever wants to support it.”

Phone 01924 324661 for details.