So, you think you know your Jalapenos from your Scotch Bonnets? Then making time to visit West Dean Gardens Chilli Festia, the UK’s largest chilli festival, surely needs to be a must-do for you this summer.
Join hundreds of other families and chilli lovers to watch live cookery and gardening demonstrations given by top-chefs and gardening experts. Browse over 140 different stalls selling artisan chilli produce, gifts, plants and seeds, and explore the Victorian greenhouses, which spectacularly showcase West Dean Gardens 150 varieties of chilli plants alongside many other horticultural delights at this sizzling family-friendly festival.
You don’t need to be a heat-seeking blow-your-socks-off chilli fiend to enjoy a great day out at West Dean Gardens chill festival. Live Latin music, DJ’s and dance demonstrations create that fun-festival atmosphere, and if you need cooling down, then you’ll be able to find refuge at the Champagne bar or inside craft cider tent. Any foodies out there will be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a bite to eat; from the spicy and exotic to the hearty home-grown, there’s plenty of options for those keen or less keen on the hot stuff.
If the little ones start getting hot under the collar, then there’s plenty of family-friendly activities on hand to keep them entertained too. With vintage fairground rides, an outdoor cinema, face painting and NEW for 2018, juggling, circus skills and a drop in art centre to choose from, there’s bound to be something to help recharge those little batteries.
If you feel like taking the festival experience up a notch, then you can also camp in the beautiful grounds of West Dean (pre-booking essential), and make the most of the entertainment on offer until late into the evening.
The West Dean Chilli Fiesta starts 10-12 August 2018 and tickets can be purchased here.