1ST AND 2ND AUGUST, 2015 ST GILES HOUSE, WIMBORNE ST GILES, DORSET
The Hottest Day Out In Dorset – The Great Dorset Chilli Festival – Wimborne St Giles, Dorset Food Festival
We are looking forward to August and another great day out for chilli enthusiasts, food lovers and families. To be held with the kind permission of the Earl of Shaftesbury at St Giles Park, we’re lining up a glorious August 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 booked in to attend already and some of the country’s best specialist chilli growers to showcase their plants and seeds to thousands of visitors at what is sure to be 2015’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!
1ST AND 2ND AUGUST, 2015 ST GILES HOUSE, WIMBORNE ST GILES, DORSET
It’s going to be a scorcher – the 5th Great Dorset Chilli Festival
We’re delighted to be back at St Giles Park for another scorcher of a weekend in 2015. We’ll have the chilli-con-carne cook-off, run by the UK Chilli Cook-off Association, open to pre-registered teams to battle it out for the Dorset title and a place at the national finals. We’ve got chilli plant growing competitions, chilli pepper growing competitions, and chilli sauce competitions too! This is sure to be a great day out for chilli enthusiasts, food lovers and families. So if you enjoy the sensation of steam coming out of your ears then this is the Chilli Festival for you! We have some of the country’s most respected chilli companies showcasing their plants, seeds and condiments; chutneys, hot sauces, chilli chocolate, relishes, pickles and oils.
Speak to the experts and discover how to cook with chillies and which chillies to use that won’t blow your head off. The stallholders all love chillies and will be only too pleased to talk to you.
BUT if you don’t like it hot there’s plenty of choice from the stallholders for the less robust palette. Artisan bakers, cheeses, chocolates, jams, garlic, Spanish charcuterie, Dorset-made ginger beer, Dorset ice cream, Dorset wine, wooden boards and smart kitchen knives for chilli-chopping, ironwork, ethnic clothes and bags, ceramics, artwork…………..
Run by the UK Chilli Cook-off Association, in aid of the children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent. This is your chance to compete against other teams to make the best gallon of chilli-con-carne. All preparation and cooking to be done onsite: you have 4 hrs to achieve perfection before judging. Takes place on Sunday only. To register your team visitwww.ukchillicookoff.co.uk. Festival visitors can buy a spoon for charity to sample all the entries! Limited number of spoons available!
Delicious things to eat and drink
Mexican street food, enchiladas, wraps, Thai curries, Caribbean curries, Indian curry, Thai-style fishcakes, crêpes, bratwurst, wood oven pizza, lots of food with chilli and giant paellas will all be on offer but if it’s simply a delicious burger that you crave then you’ll be well-catered for. There will selection of award-winning local beers, ales and cider to calm the tingling tongue. We’ll even have chilli cider, but if all you need is ice cold lager, we’ve got that too.
Best Sauce Competition
Make your vote count! A chance to taste artisan chilli sauces, chutneys and jams made by the stall holders themselves. Vote for your favourite.
Chilli Plant Competition
Open to anyone who grows their own chillies for pleasure, a chance to show off your best plants to a panel of expert judges. Saturday only. There are 2 classes: Class 1 will be open to NuMex Twilight plants only, so everyone starts with the same variety. Class 2 is an open class, for any variety, pot grown this year. To enter bring your plant along on Saturday 1st August before 2pm. Judging will start at 3.30pm. Pleaseclick here for the rules.
Chilli Pepper Competition
Open to everyone, whether you grow chillies at home or commercially, we’ve got a category to suit most chillies!
Class 4: Heaviest pepper
Class 5: Longest cayenne
Class 6: Five peppers of the same variety showing their colour change
Class 7: Best piece or art/craft using fresh chillies (don’t have to be home-grown chillies)
Class 8: Best superhot chilli
Class 9: Most interesting oddity/malformation
Please click here for the chilli pepper competition rules.
Chilli Eating Competition
Not for the squeamish but too much fun to miss out on! Entries are now closed. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates though. Saturday and Sunday at 4.00pm.
Not all the food and samples at the Festival will be chillified, so there will be plenty of choice when it comes to lunch. There will also be bouncy castles, Head Turners Face Painters, horse and carriage rides and Alfredo the Magician.
Plant / Shopping Crèche
If you’ve bought a chilli plant or two, or restocked your supply of great chilli sauces, why not take advantage of our Shopping Crèche? Look out for our gazebo where you can leave your purchases safely in exchange for a small charitable donation, you can also buy a bottle of water there and even give your dog a drink. Run by us, collecting donations for Cash For Kids charity which supports local children in need.
Talks and Cooking Demonstrations
Expert chilli growers and sauce makers will be sharing their knowledge with you, as well as a variety of ‘cooking with chilli demonstrations’ from some of our local leading chefs. If chilli-growing is your thing, then don’t miss the talks by Joy Michaud of Sea Spring Seeds and Matt Simpson of Simpson’s Seeds. If you want to know more about the science behind measuring the heat of chillies, then don’t miss Dr Tim Woodman’s talk on Sunday. He’s a real-life scientist! Matt Simpson will also be talking about Project Helios (how chilli heat can be effected by the growing environment).
Cooking demonstrations are brought to us by A Taste of Rasa Sayang cookery school in Wimborne and White Pepper Chef Academy & Cookery School in Lytchett Matravers. On Saturday Teruko Chagrin of White Pepper will be demonstrating chilli miso paste and on Sunday Luke Stuart of White Pepper will be demostrating the Art of Macarons with chilli chocolate centre. A new appearance for 2015 is chef and mother Yayu Slocock who runs A Taste of Rasa Sayang cookery school in Wimborne, on Saturday she will be cooking Mie Goreng (Indonesian fried noodles) and on Sunday Nasi Goreng (Indonesian rice with chicken).
This is a specialist food festival, not a music festival! But if you like a bit of music in the background we have some great acts. The Montgomerys from Bristol will perform some country rock on Saturday, and Dorset favorites Quinns Quinny will bring their skiffle on Sunday. Big Joe Bone will also be there on Sunday with his banjo, and on both days South African drumming troupe Drumtribe will bring 100 spare drums with them so the crowd can join in too.
Frequently asked questions:
When does the festival open and close?
Gates open at 10am on both days with last entry at 4.30pm. The postcode for St Giles Park, Wimborne St Giles is BH21 5ND. Please follow festival road signs that will direct you to the festival car parks.
Is there any public transport?
Unfortunately not. This is a rural location with a small population and it is not served by bus routes.
Can I bring my dog to the festival?
Dogs are welcome at the festival providing they are kept on a lead. Please do not leave your dog in your car.
Can I pay by credit or debit card at the festival?
No, credit card or cash machine facilities are not available at the site. Please bring cash with you as there are no cash points in the near vicinity
Is camping available?
There is no public camping on site. Please see the below links for some local accommodation sites you could try for availability, as well as some local taxi companies.
Is there disabled parking?
Yes disabled parking is available. Please note that there is a walk from the car park to the admissions tent and then a further walk to the festival showground over level ground, but it is a field so might be a little bumpy. The whole festival site is on uneven grass parkland.
Are there disabled facilities?
Yes we provide disabled toilet facilities
Is there a reduced rate for disabled people?
The Great Dorset Chilli Festival does not wish to discriminate against visitors with disabilities therefore the full admission rate will be charged.
Can tickets be bought in advance?
Yes, advance tickets can be bought with a credit or debit card by clicking on the link on this page. We cannot take payment for tickets over the phone. Tickets are valid for one day only, either Saturday 1st or Sunday 2nd August 2015. You do not have to specify which day you are attending.
Advance tickets are non refundable.
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