Chilli Fiesta

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Join the party at the UK's biggest chilli festival. 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.

Included in The Telegraph's top 20 UK food festivals for 2019

Live Latin music, spicy foods from around the globe...and dancing give this festival in pretty West Dean Gardens...a distinctive flavour and a feel-good factor.

What's on?‚Äč

  • Live music including DJs and Latin bands
  • Latin dance demonstrations and workshops with professional dancers
  • Over 130 shopping stalls selling chilli gifts, plants seeds and produce
  • Five different bars to find refreshments
  • Vintage funfair
  • Workshops, music and dance
  • Children's activities
  • Camping
  • Outdoor cinema
  • Explore the gardens

More programme details will be announced soon

Cookery demonstrations

See top chefs demonstrating their culinary expertise with creative chilli based recipes in the Cookery Theatre. Using ingredients from all over the world and ideas you can easily recreate at home, they're guaranteed to make your mouth water.

Gardening talks and tours

Hear from a variety of experts with gardening talks and demonstrations in the Gardening Theatre. There will be talks from chilli-growing experts throughout the weekend and opportunities to see displays of a huge variety of chilli plants in the Glasshouses on the daily tours with the West Dean Gardeners. Browse the plant sale at the Gardens Shop for chilli plants to take home and grow (and eat!) for yourself.

Live music and dance

Music on the front lawn stage plays from 12pm each day and until late each day, with a mix of latin and acoustic styles. Plus Brazilian and Flamenco dance performances across the weekend.

Children's activities

There's plenty to keep children entertained at Chilli Fiesta including:

  • Workshops
  • Vintage funfair inc. smaller childrens' rides
  • Face painting
  • Outdoor cinema


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 and 24 hour shop).

"We came last year and enjoyed it so much, we said let's do it properly and camp next year."

"A weekend away with lots of chillies and dancing, lots of fun!"

Pick your camping zone (on the day you arrive):

  • 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.

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