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Great Dorset Chilli Festival

Great Dorset Chilli Festival

Starts: 5th Aug 2023

Stock Gaylard Deer Park, Lydlinch, Sturminster Newton

A weekend of chilli fiesta, bands, beers, children's entertainment, competitions, street food.



Bands, mariachi, cooking demos, talks on growing chillies, falconry

Back at the new venue of Stock Gaylard Deer Park, near Sturminster Newton, with over 110 tradestands, the 12th original Great Dorset Chilli Festival is set to be the hottest weekend this summer. Locals and visitors will be able to visit the 2 day food festival celebrating the world of chilli peppers, from growing chilli plants and sampling chilli sauces, to enjoying spicy international street food and of course watching the chilli eating competition. However it’s not just chillies, so if spice isn’t your thing there is plenty of artisan food shopping to be done, plus homewares such as hand-painted ceramics to watercolours for the kitchen, to leathercraft, jewellery and beautifully crafted wooden chopping boards. Much of the food available to take home or enjoy for lunch focusses on flavour rather than chilli heat.

Chilli eating competitions
Videos of the Great Dorset Chilli Eating Competitions have racked up millions of views on Youtube, but nothing compares to the atmosphere of watching it live. Often dubbed as the highlight of the day, the Chilli Eating Competition will be testing the limits of even the most hardened chilli-heads. Brave competitors will subject themselves to rounds of increasingly hot chillies, which they have to consume in their entirety before they progress to the next round. The last man or woman standing will be crowned the winner.

Live Music
Dorset legends Quinns Quinney, with their unique skiffle sound will perform on Saturday, and Jamarca with their cool vide on Sunday. More bands tbc. Of course the mariachi band will be there all weekend, and busking beside the cider tent will be Big Joe Bone with his stomping bluegrass

Cooking demonstrations
2023 line-up to be confirmed. Dorset chefs such as Mark Hartstone of La Fosse in Cranborne and Mat Follas (Masterchef 2009 winner) were seen turning up the heat in the kitchen last year. We also had a guest appearance by Sue Stoneman, BBQ maestro, who showed visitors how to bake chilli brownies and Atomic Buffalo Turds on a barbecue.

Talks on Growing Chillies
Everyone seems to have a chilli plant on their windowsill these days. Hear from the experts the top tips for getting the best from your chilli plants, with Joy Michaud who created the super-hot Dorset Naga, and Matt Simpson who was featured in the Daily Mail shouted curses at his plants to make them hotter!

Come and watch the amazing birds of prey flying displays at 2.30pm each afternoon, or try your hand at some circus skills. We’ll have fire shows, bouncy castles, mini quad bike ‘train’ rides, and facepainting.

Disabled Facilities: disabled parking, disabled loos, slightly bumpy parkland setting