The heat is on – sign up for Chilli competitions at the Great Kent Chilli Festival

The Great Kent Chilli Festival will be held for the first time on Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July 2018 at Hole Park Gardens, near Cranbrook in Kent.

As well as a hot weekend of all things chillies there are also chilli competitions for festival goers to sign up to including:

Chilli cook off competition (Saturday only)

If you think you can cook a mean chilli con carne (or vegetarian chilli), well here is your chance to prove it! 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 in four hours. All preparation and cooking to be done onsite at Hole Park on Saturday 30 June.

To register your team visit Chilli Cook-off Association’s website

So get a couple of friends together, perfect your recipe and enter your team now. Festival visitors can buy a spoon for charity to sample all the entries! Limited number of spoons available!

Chilli eating competition

Open to members of the public who fancy the kudos of being a Great Kent Chilli Festival Chilli Eating Champion, the chilli eating competitions take place at 4 pm on both Saturday and Sunday. The rules are simple: there are 10 rounds, starting with mild, and the chillies get hotter, and hotter, and hotter! You have two minutes to finish each chilli, and you may not drink anything during the competition, no matter how good that chilled pint of milk in front of you looks! Entries open two weeks before the event. Updates are available on Facebook.

Chilli sauce and chutney competitions

Your chance to be the judge in the fun Chilli Sauce (Saturday) and Chilli Chutney (Sunday) competitions. Make your way to the sauce competition tent to taste and vote on the entries made by the traders themselves.

As well as all the competitions there will be over 50 stalls selling chilli (and non-chilli products) and talks and demonstrations in the Talk Tent where festival goers can hear experts give talks on chilli peppers and tips on cultivating chilli plants. Also local chefs will demonstrate delicious recipes involving chillies from the demonstration kitchen in the Talk Tent.

If your children aren’t quite ready for super hot chilli sauce tasting don’t worry! There will be plenty of milder food for the gentler palette and of course some bouncy castles (for older and younger children), an inflatable slide, a mini carousel, coconut shy (yay!), face painting and falconry display.

The Great Kent Chilli Festival will be held at the well known Hole Park near Cranbrook.

‘Our Chilli Festivals are great fun,’ said organiser Miles Halton from SureFire Events. ‘They appeal to everyone from chilli enthusiasts to food lovers and families. We already hold a successful Chilli Festival in Dorset but this is our first event in Kent so we are hoping everyone will come along to Hole Park and join in the fun. This may be a food festival but there will also be live music all day to listen to whilst sipping a local pint of ale or cider to calm the tingling taste buds.’

Dates: Saturday 30 and Sunday 1 July 2018

Times: 10.00 to 17.00

Venue: Hole Park, Rolvenden, Cranbrook, Kent TN17 4JA

Tickets are available in advance from the website or on the day at the gate. Adult advance tickets £5.90, on the gate £7.50. Children advance tickets (11 to 15) £2.50 and £3.00 on the gate. Family Ticket in advance (two adults, three children) £14.50 and £18.00 on the gate. Ten and under free.


Free parking. Friendly dogs are welcome at the festival providing they are kept on a lead and are well behaved.

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