Cheese & Chilli Festival

The festival

2 Day Family Festival (Saturday & Sunday) | 10am - 5pm each day

The Cheese Festival

Everyone who loves cheese needs to come along to this fantastic event. There will be so many different types of cheeses available to sample and buy; you will be spoilt for choice.

There are many local and regional cheeses on offer. You will be able to talk to those directly responsible for the cheese so if you fancy learning more about the cheese itself simply come along to one of our organised talks by a local cheese expert who will be telling you more about the origins of cheese, its potted history and various production techniques.

The Chilli Festival

We are determined to bring the sunshine and with the weather being hot what better way to compliment it than by hosting a Chilli Festival alongside the Cheese Festival.

There will be many different types of Chillies available to sample and purchase whether it be real chilli plants, chilli sauces of all kinds or simply advice on growing your own chillies we have it all, so if you like your chillies the show is definitely for you.

What's Happening

As usual, at the shows there will be loads happening for all members of the family around the events including;

Chilli eating competition

Along with the many different chilli offerings, there will be a Chilli Eating Competition at the end of each day. Not for the faint hearted! You can participate or simply sit and watch the hilarious event, grab a drink and enjoy!

If you are interested in taking part in the challenge:

Man V Food challenge

In 2017 we trialled a Man V Food Challenge and it was so popular that we’ve decided to do it again. At around 1pm each day, we’ll invite people to get involved with the food challenge. You can participate or simply watch the hilarious event, enjoy!

If you are interested in taking part in the challenge:

Chilli Sauce Competition

Traders will compete for the coveted CCF Sauce Awards. Entries for mild, medium and hot sauces will be available for those attending the event to judge. Everyone is able to select their preferred sauce and the winning sauces will be awarded the prizes at the closing ceremony on Sunday.

Beer Festival

There will be an authentic beer offering from one or more of the many microbreweries around the area at each event. There will be an excellent range of real ales available to try and enjoy. Along with the real ales, there will be a large selection of nice wines, spirits, lagers and cold drinks.

For Children

There is so much for the children to enjoy at the event. Just being out with the family is often enough to thrill the children but if they need something else, activities to keep the children entertained include PUNCH & JUDY, MAGIC SHOWS, BALLOON MODELLING, A TREASURE HUNT, INFLATABLES, MERRY GO ROUNDS AND STREET THEATRE and what’s more, most of it is FREE.

Craft and shopping stalls

If Cheese and Chilli is not your thing, there will be many craft and shopping stalls at the events selling great products at great prices. There will be some very unusual offerings as well as conventional products. There will even be a Tarot Reader at the shows (Tim Brooks, Apricot Sunset).

Falconry Display

At the Christchurch, Guildford and Swindon events, we will again see the amazing GMG Falconry flying display.  The birds are amazing to watch and you event get a chance to hold them during the day at their display stand.

Human Sized Table Football

At every event there will be a FREE to enter and play Human Sized Table Football.  Just like the table top game but it’s full size.  For all ages, strap yourself in and have a laugh trying to play football whilst attached to a metal bar.

And much more...

Real Ale Festival | Cheese Tasting Competition | Kids Fun Fair | Free Crazy Golf | Free Street Performances | Inflatables | Free Live Music | Free Cooking Demonstrations | Free Advice Clinics from chilli professionals | Free Wine and Cheese Tastings | Face Painting | Free Magic Shows | Free Human Sized Table Football | VIP Area | Family Zone

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