Garden Event

Chilli Fiesta

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The UK's biggest chilli festival returns. Join the party and dance to live Latin music, watch cookery and gardening demonstrations and taste delicious chilli foods 'til your tongue sizzles. Make the most of the family-friendly festival atmosphere and camp onsite with great facilities.

"Plenty of chances to taste chilli food, plus live Latin music and a family-friendly festival atmosphere"
The Daily Express

What's on?

  • Live music including DJs and Latin bands
  • Los Amigos, champagne and cider bars, cocktail camper van
  • Browse over 140 stalls offering chilli gifts, plants seeds and produce
  • Cookery demonstrations with top chefs
  • Gardening talks and Gardens tours
  • Children's activities
  • Explore the gardens
  • Camping
  • Family area
  • NEW Hidden cinema
  • NEW Art installations
  • NEW Pop-up restaurants
  • NEW Workshops - dance, drumming, food and childrens cookery.

Entertainment

Live music

Music on the front lawn stage plays from 11am until 9pm Friday, from 10.30am to 9.30pm Saturday and from 11am until 7.45pm on Sunday. Music continues in the Los Amigos Bar until 10.30pm Saturday and 9.30pm Sunday.

New music for 2017 include Latin four piece band Cuban Cuban, Konga Dia Ntolia, Oye Santana and Andalus who are the leading Gipsy Kings tribute band. Enjoy Latin jazz with the Manana Collective and the traditional Mexican sounds of Mariachi Tequila. We also welcome back this year, Steel Strum, The Fontanas and the Big Noise band.

Dance

Dance acts incude Latin American ballroom Strictly dancer Oti Mabuse who will be performing on Sunday. Pro-Latin dancers, Ryan and Ksenia will be performing on Friday and Saturday. Get put through your paces with Debbi and Francisco and join their salsa workshops, on all three days.

During the weekend there will be many more music, dance and performance acts to watch, listen and join in with. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to keep up-to-date.

Cookery demonstrations and workshops

Watch food demonstrations in the Cookery Theatre and expect creative, chilli based recipes from top chefs. This year confirmed chefs include Levi Roots, 2017 Masterchef winner Saliha Mahmood-Ahmed, Dan Doherty, Rosie Birkett and Steve Edwards. Also see demos by Giles Thompson from The Earl of March the chef from The White Horse (Chilgrove) and West Dean College's very own Head Chef, Dan Frowen. Using ingredients from all over the world and ideas you can easily recreate at home, they're guaranteed to make your mouth water.

This year we are also offering cookery workshops for children on Sunday with authors of The World In My Kitchen, Sally Brown and Kate Morris.

Shopping, Eating and Drinking

Shopping

Browse over 140 stalls, offering a variety of quirky gifts as well as chilli foods, chilli plants, seeds and produce. The West Dean Gardens gift shop is also open each day.

All shopping stalls close at 6pm each day, but a range food and drink stalls stay open into the evening while the entertainment continues.

Eating and drinking

Pop-up restaurants

NEW for 2017 are a choice of two pop-up restaurants, one serving a delicious Mediterranean menu and the other serving a variety of seafood with the option of champagne to accompany your meal.

Food stalls

Sample spicy and exotic food from a selection of food stalls to keep you going throughout the day. There will be plenty of options for those less keen on the hot stuff and local ice cream if you need a little help cooling down! Hot and cold drinks include speciality coffees, tea, hot chocolate, fresh fruit smoothies and more.

The Gardens Restaurant

Choose from a variety of freshly prepared meals, snacks and cakes and sit either indoors or outside on the terrace. Open until 6pm daily.

Bars

Enjoy a selection of beers, ales and wines, as well as soft drinks at one of our onsite bars located close to the main stage. Bars include Los Amigos, cider bar, cocktail campervan, and the Potting Shed.

Camping

Wake up in the beautiful grounds of West Dean and make a weekend or a mini break of it. Full camping facilities are available throughout the Chilli Fiesta weekend (including great showers and toilets). A limited number of pitches are available so early booking is essential.

Pick your camping zone: This is done on the day you arrive and not in advance.

Jalapeno - most popular general camping area, close to the event arena helping to enhance the festival atmosphere of the weekend.
Pimento - quiet camping area away from the main arena ideal for a good night's sleep.
Bell - family friendly close to the toilets and showers, ideal for the earlier to bed but up bright and early.

The camping shop will be open 24 hours.

Sadly, due to restrictions from Natural England we now have reduced capacity of caravan and campervan pitches and are therefore unable to offer these to the public for this year's Chilli Fiesta.

Camping tickets are available for the full weekend (three nights) or for one night (Saturday).

Chilli Fiesta FAQs

Here are a few of our top tips and FAQs:

Q. Is it possible to pay on the gate?
A. It is possible to pay on the gate for day tickets but campers need to buy tickets in advance.

Q. Do I get tickets sent to me?
A. No, Chilli Fiesta tickets are now issued electronically and will be emailed to you. Print off the email confirmation which should show a bar code/reference number and bring it with you on the day.

Q. Can I just show you the e-ticket on my phone?
A. Yes. Please ensure your booking reference number is on show.

Q. What is the last entry time?
A. For day tickets the last entry time is 6pm each day. If you have pre-booked camping tickets you can arrive up until 9pm.

Q. What age range is a child ticket?
A. Children age 4 and under enjoy free entry, 5 -15 requires a child ticket. Children are to be accompanied by a paying adult. 16+ require an adult ticket.

Q. What camping facilities are there at Chilli Fiesta?
A. The campsite is complete with showers, flushing toilets, drinking water and a small shop for basic amenities. Showers will operate 24hrs a day. The campsite crew will be on site throughout.

Read the full list of FAQs here

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