West Dean Chilli Fiesta 2015

Chilli Fiesta 2015This year was the 20th anniversary West Dean Chilli Fiesta, I had my first stall at the 18th, and but for a very few have been to most of them since then, we have not had a stall for a few years. I think our thanks must go to Jim Buckland and Sarah Wain who co-founded the Chilli Fiesta and without whom we would not have such the thriving UK chilli market.

The event this year was again over 3 days, we visited on what was one very hot and busy day, the event has grown and now with more campers and a extended nights entertainment with the main stage being open till 9pm and then thins move to the Cabaret Tent till 11pm. The Sunday is a little shorter with the main stage closing at 7:30pm and the Cabaret tent finishing at 9pm. The produce stalls all close at 6pm expect for the food stall around the main stage area

Display Chillies at West Dean 2015There is lots to see during the day with live music on the main stage starting at noon, as well can lots of cookery demonstrations and gardening chat sessions, if you are unlucky enough to do to the glass houses you can still see some pages from my book, The Hot Book of Chillies, being used as part of the display.. it is getting a bit old now, but hopefully they will use some of the new books pages next year..

With nearly 180 stalls, not all selling chilli products this event is the biggest in the UK, you can see around 250 different varieties of chillies.

We had a great day out visiting all our old friends and seeing some new additions to the event including. Mushemi Fire, Thousand Hills, TTaste, East Coast Chilli Company and Barfoots Sorry if we have missed out any other new arrivals.

We cannot recommend this event more highly, make sure it is on your list for next year.

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Chilli Events this week

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5th August 2015 – Felbrigg Hall Chilli Fiesta

Felbrigg Hall is a National Trust property, so as well as the chilli Fiesta there will be a lot to see, it is described as one of the most elegant country houses in East Anglia. Address:- Felbrigg, Norwich, Norfolk, NR11 8PR

7th – 9th August 2015 – West Dean Chilli Fiesta

Chilli Fiesta 2015This is one of my favourite events on the chilli calendar and the first event we had a stall at and this year is extra special as it is the 20th Anniversary event, you can see around 250 different variesties of chilli being grown in the 13 Victorian glass houses. There are expected to be over 180 stalls, making this the largest chilli event by far.

8th – 9th August 2015 – The Cheese and Chilli Festival Winchester

This is a new event this year in Winchester and it an expansion of the original event held last year in Christchurch (There are now three events in the group, with events in Basingstoke (June), Christchurch (July) and now Winchester (Aug)). So what can be better than Chillies, Cheese and also a beer festival from the amazing Ringwood Brewery!

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