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Great Dorset Chilli Festival

The Hottest Day Out in Dorset !

Great Dorset Chilli Festival

Here at TheBBQist we love to add a bit of spice to our food, the Great Dorset Chilli Festival celebrates all that is chilli.

On the 5th & 6th August 2017, St. Giles park will be host to the 7th Great Dorset Chilli Festival. This promises to be a great weekend for all of the chilli loving family!


Why 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.

What to do?

So what is there to see whilst you visit the festival?

If you can imagine chilli with it, in it or on it, even if you cannot imagine it, then somebody will have put chilli in it from ice-cream to crisps and cheese to chocolate, it will all be here at the Dorset Chilli festival.  Of course, not everyone likes chilli in everything, well don’t worry as there are plenty of other foodie type stalls around to keep everyone happy and full. There is an actioned packed two days set out for everyone, keep checking the website for updates.

10:00 Gates Open
Voting for the chilli sauce competition commences
10:00 Entries taken for chilli plant & pepper competition
11:15 Talk on chillies:
11:15 Music tent:
12:00 Talk Tent:
12:30 Music: Quinns Quinney
13:15 Cooking Demonstration:
13:45 Music tent:
14:15 Talk Tent:
14:30 Falconry Flying Display
15:00 Talk:
15:00 Music: Quinns Quinney
15:30 Chilli Plant & Pepper competition judging
16:00 Chilli Eating competition
16:00 Chilli Plant and chilli sauce winners announced

10:00 Gates Open
Voting for the Chilli condiment competition commences
11:15 Talk on chillies:
11:15 Music tent:
11:30 Chilli cook-off competition begins
12:10 Cooking demo: Mark Hartstone
12:30 Music: Quinns Quinney
13:15 Cooking demo:
13:45 Music:
14:15 Talk on chillies:
14:30 Falconry Flying Display on the lawn
15:00 Music: Quinns Quinney
15:00 Cooking Demo:
15:30 Chilli cook-off competition judging
16:00 Winners of cook-off and chilli condiment competition announced
16:00 Chilli Eating competition.

Please note these are subject to change.

Chilli Cook Off

chilli cook off picture

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 where a trip to Alabama is up for grabs! Takes place on Sunday only. To register your team visit Festival visitors can buy a spoon for charity to sample all the entries! Limited number of spoons available!

Delicious Food, Everywhere!

We’re planning 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 Chilli Sauce Competition

chilli 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.

If you fancy getting involved yourselves you can always enter the Chilli Eating competition, if you are not brave enough to have a go, pop along and watch everyone else try it and have a good laugh!

people eating chilli in the competition


Where is it?

Set in the stunning grounds of St. Giles House, St. Giles Park is 420 acres of stunning landscape, why not take some time to look around whilst you are here.

CLICK HERE for a link to the Dorset Chilli Festival directions page


Where do I get tickets?

Tickets can be purchased on the day, or CLICK HERE and pop over to the site and buy them online.

Tickets are very reasonably priced :

Ticket Prices Advance Gate
ADULTS (aged 16+) £ 6.00 £ 8.00
CHILDREN (aged 11yrs - 16yrs) £ 2.50£ 3.00
CHILDREN (aged 10yrs & under) freefree
FAMILY (2 adults, 3 children) £14.50 £19.00



To get all of the information about this festival have a look at these links





Can we camp?

Unfortunately there is no camping on site. Why not have a look at Travelodge and see if there are any nearby hotels to stay at?


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