Due to the Covid-19 situation it is with great regret that we have to inform our customers that
READING CHILLI FESTIVAL 2020 HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
The 2020 Reading Chilli Festival – Broad Street – Market Place – Town Hall Square
We are delighted to announce that the 2020 Reading Chilli Festival will be returning will take place on the 15th June 2019 from 9am to 4.30pm and will once again be part of Reading BID’s month long celebration of food “Eat Reading!”
Back this year to offer you another fantastic day out for chilli lovers everywhere! But this year, it’s gonna be bigger, better and hotter!! We have stalls and entertainment stretching from Broad Street to Market Place to the Town Hall Square!!
The cream of the UK chilli industry as well as local artisan companies will be offering a glorious array of products from around the world, from chilli sauces to chutneys, seeds and plants, spices and even chilli beer and cider! With over 40 chilli and non chilli stalls there is sure to be something for everyone!
This year, we will be bringing you some of the best street food in the UK today, from East Asian to South African cuisine, to amazing low and slow BBQ, delicious Mexican, amazing wings and hot dogs and some truly scrumptious vegetarian fare, all located in the main entertainment zone in Market Place.
The main stage in Market Place will once again feature some of the best local bands and artists playing throughout the day for your pleasure, interspersed with the now legendary Man v Food and chilli eating competitions!! 
 

2015 Reading Chill Eating Contest
This year we will be featuring the Reading Chilli Festival chilli sauce competition! Chilli companies attending on the day will submit their best mild, medium and hot chilli sauces for you to judge!
And finally, we are proud to be hosting the 6th Reading Chilli Cook-off! Teams will battle for 4 hours to produce this best chilli con carne or veggie chilli which will be judged by officials from the UK Chilli Cook-off Association.
 

 
The 10th festival will be held on the first weekend of August 2020 and we’ll have another great weekend for chilli enthusiasts, food lovers and families. Held at the home of the Earl of Shaftesbury at St Giles Park, we’re lining up a glorious weekend of “chilli fiesta”, with stalls selling all things chilli, from pepper plants to cayenne condiments; seeds to ceramics; plus cooking demonstrations; talks on growing chillies; artisan food producers; music; spicy street food; local ice creams to cool the mouth; local beers to slake the thirst.
We have some of the most dedicated independent sauce manufacturers and retailers attending and some of the country’s best specialist chilli growers to showcase their plants and seeds to thousands of visitors at will surely be 2020’s hottest event in Dorset. The development of the Dorset Naga, at one time reputed to be the world’s hottest chilli, has really put Dorset on the map for chilli enthusiasts. Come and join us at this fun, friendly festival!

 
The 10th festival will be held on the first weekend of August 2020 and we’ll have another great weekend for chilli enthusiasts, food lovers and families. Held at the home of the Earl of Shaftesbury at St Giles Park, we’re lining up a glorious weekend of “chilli fiesta”, with stalls selling all things chilli, from pepper plants to cayenne condiments; seeds to ceramics; plus cooking demonstrations; talks on growing chillies; artisan food producers; music; spicy street food; local ice creams to cool the mouth; local beers to slake the thirst.
We have some of the most dedicated independent sauce manufacturers and retailers attending and some of the country’s best specialist chilli growers to showcase their plants and seeds to thousands of visitors at will surely be 2020’s hottest event in Dorset. The development of the Dorset Naga, at one time reputed to be the world’s hottest chilli, has really put Dorset on the map for chilli enthusiasts. Come and join us at this fun, friendly festival!

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West Dean’s Chilli Fiesta which was one of the of the UK’s largest and most popular Chilli Events in the UK will no longer take place in future years.
It has been deemed by West Dean Collage that they want to take their events in a NEW DIRECTION. Below is a copy of the E-Mail sent to all traders on the 4th October 2019
As a valued Trader I wanted to let you know that we have decided to take our events in a new direction focused on arts and creativity, in line with what we do as a College and that Chilli Fiesta 2020 will now not take place. Instead, a new Summer Arts Series is being developed for 2020 to welcome visitors to a range of event days in the same glorious setting here at West Dean during August. We would like to thank you for your support of the Chilli Fiesta and all you have done to help make it a success over the last 24 years.
Best regards The West Dean Events Team
 
We like most of the other Chilli Producers are devastated by this news but who knows a NEW CHILLI FESTIVAL may take it place in the Chilli Calendar in the Midlands Area so keep WATCHING THIS SPACE

[Best_Wordpress_Gallery id="118" gal_title="West Dean Chilli Festival 2018"]
West Dean’s Chilli Fiesta which was one of the of the UK’s largest and most popular Chilli Events in the UK will no longer take place in future years.
It has been deemed by West Dean Collage that they want to take their events in a NEW DIRECTION. Below is a copy of the E-Mail sent to all traders on the 4th October 2019
As a valued Trader I wanted to let you know that we have decided to take our events in a new direction focused on arts and creativity, in line with what we do as a College and that Chilli Fiesta 2020 will now not take place. Instead, a new Summer Arts Series is being developed for 2020 to welcome visitors to a range of event days in the same glorious setting here at West Dean during August. We would like to thank you for your support of the Chilli Fiesta and all you have done to help make it a success over the last 24 years.
Best regards The West Dean Events Team
 
We like most of the other Chilli Producers are devastated by this news but who knows a NEW CHILLI FESTIVAL may take it place in the Chilli Calendar in the Midlands Area so keep WATCHING THIS SPACE

[Best_Wordpress_Gallery id="118" gal_title="West Dean Chilli Festival 2018"]
West Dean’s Chilli Fiesta which was one of the of the UK’s largest and most popular Chilli Events in the UK will no longer take place in future years.
It has been deemed by West Dean Collage that they want to take their events in a NEW DIRECTION. Below is a copy of the E-Mail sent to all traders on the 4th October 2019
As a valued Trader I wanted to let you know that we have decided to take our events in a new direction focused on arts and creativity, in line with what we do as a College and that Chilli Fiesta 2020 will now not take place. Instead, a new Summer Arts Series is being developed for 2020 to welcome visitors to a range of event days in the same glorious setting here at West Dean during August. We would like to thank you for your support of the Chilli Fiesta and all you have done to help make it a success over the last 24 years.
Best regards The West Dean Events Team
 
We like most of the other Chilli Producers are devastated by this news but who knows a NEW CHILLI FESTIVAL may take it place in the Chilli Calendar in the Midlands Area so keep WATCHING THIS SPACE

  
Over 60 pitches of the nation’s best known independent Chilli traders selling everything and anything you can make with Chillies, Chutneys, Sauces, Pickles, Seeds, Cheese and Chocolate
Holly And The Ivy will be on site for the 3 day event with “Woody” from Fire Foods
WEB Site CLICK HERE

  
Over 60 pitches of the nation’s best known independent Chilli traders selling everything and anything you can make with Chillies, Chutneys, Sauces, Pickles, Seeds, Cheese and Chocolate
Holly And The Ivy will be on site for the 3 day event with “Woody” from Fire Foods
WEB Site CLICK HERE

  
Over 60 pitches of the nation’s best known independent Chilli traders selling everything and anything you can make with Chillies, Chutneys, Sauces, Pickles, Seeds, Cheese and Chocolate
Holly And The Ivy will be on site for the 3 day event with “Woody” from Fire Foods
WEB Site CLICK HERE