New venue for 2019

Cheese & Chilli Festival

Bedford Cheese & Chilli Festival

25th & 26th May 2019 – 10.00am to 5.00pm

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The Event

Cheese & chilli

Main Attractions

Live Music

A festival is not a festival without some live music! To keep us entertained, we have a number of bands playing for us throughout the weekend. The bands will be celebrated musicians from around the region playing anything from from jazz to rock. See the schedule for further information.

Cooking Demonstrations

A number of cooking demonstrations or talks will be offered by professionals from the cheese and chilli industry. Many sessions will be hosted by the famous Chilli Olly but we will also have many guest speakers. See the schedule for further details. The Demonstration Tent will also host the popular Man V Food Challenge and a Ready Steady Cook interactive cooking session.

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.

This is the first ever Bedford Cheese & Chilli Festival! The Cheese & Chilli Festival provides fun activities for all ages. With FREE cooking demonstrations, Taste Tents, a Beer Festival, Street Theatre, Live Music, Free Crazy Golf, Free Human Sized Table Football, Children’s Entertainments including Magic Shows, Punch & Judy, Balloon Modelling, Treasure Hunts. Come and see what the festival has to offer.

Chilli Eating Comp

Beer

Magic Shows

MAN V FOOD

MAN V FOOD

Trade stalls

Trade Stalls

Street Theatre

and much more...

Please see the schedule for notification of the bands playing at times etc.

What's On

Schedule of events coming soon

SATURDAY

10am

Gates Open

10.30am

Growing & Eating Chillies Question and Answer Session Demonstration Tent

11am

Giant Bubble Party Family Zone

11am

Brunch with Chilli Olly & Special Guest Demonstration Tent

11.15am

Live Music – Harry Skinner Music Stage

11.45pm

Cooking with Nutty Professor Demonstration Tent

12noon

Punch & Judy Show Family Zone

12.15pm

Live Music – Harry Skinner Music Stage

12.45pm

Chilli Food Challenge Demonstration Tent

1pm

Giant Bubble Party Family Zone

13:30pm

Cooking with Chilli Pepper Perrett Demonstration Tent

2pm

Magic Show Family Zone

2pm

Live Music – Fabulators Music Stage

2.15pm

Creating your Hot Sauce with Red Guinea Pig Demonstration Tent

3pm

Live Music – Fabulators Music Stage

3.15pm

Ready Steady Cook Demonstration Tent

3.45pm

Chilli Eating Competition Music Stage

4pm

Punch & Judy Show Family Zone

5pm

Gates Close

All Day

Balloon Modelling Family Zone

All Day

Face Painting Family Zone

All Day

Free Crazy Golf Family Zone

All Day

Free Human Sized Table Football Family Zone

All Day

Henna Tattoos Trader Area

All Day

Inflatables Music Stage

All Day

Tarot Reading Trader Area

All Day

Treasure Hunt Entrance Tent

SUNDAY

10am

Gates Open

10.30am

Growing & Eating Chillies Question and Answer Session Demonstration Tent

11am

Giant Bubble Party Family Zone

11am

Brunch with Chilli Olly & Special Guest Demonstration Tent

11.15am

Live Music – Kitty’s Music Music Stage

11.45pm

Cooking with Nutty Professor Demonstration Tent

12noon

Punch & Judy Show Family Zone

12.15pm

Live Music – Kitty’s Music Music Stage

12.45pm

Chilli Food Challenge Demonstration Tent

13:30pm

Cooking with Chilli Pepper Perrett Demonstration Tent

1pm

Giant Bubble Party Family Zone

2pm

Magic Show Family Zone

2pm

Live Music – The Kites Music Stage

2.15pm

Creating your Hot Sauce with Red Guinea Pig Demonstration Tent

3pm

Live Music – The Kites Music Stage

3.15pm

Ready Steady Cook Demonstration Tent

3.45pm

Chilli Eating Competition Music Stage

4pm

Punch & Judy Show Family Zone

5pm

Gates Close

All Day

Balloon Modelling Family Zone

All Day

Face Painting Family Zone

All Day

Free Crazy Golf Family Zone

All Day

Free Human Sized Table Football Family Zone

All Day

Henna Tattoos Trader Area

All Day

Inflatables Music Stage

All Day

Tarot Reading Trader Area

All Day

Treasure Hunt Entrance Tent

Location, Information, Tickets and Travel

Bedford Park, Park Ave, Bedford MK41 7SS

Discount Vouchers

Don’t forget to collect your discount vouchers on the door along with your programme.  The vouchers are worth approximately £20 so you can get the cost of your entry back when you buy your goodies.  The vouchers are available to spend whilst at the event and some are available to spend online from selected traders.

Dogs

Dogs are very welcome at the show, all we asks is that they are kept on leads and you pick up any waste.

Parking

We have been advised to direct you to the council’s Town Centre car park facilities which are only a short walk away from the Park.

The nearest Multi Storey Car Park is the Queen Street Multi Storey Car Park in Bedford, MK40 2HA which is approx 800m from the entrance.  Traffic signage will direct you to this car park with pedestrian signage showing you the route from here.

Bedford Council offer FREE parking at all council car parks on Sundays and for the first 2 hours on Saturdays at most car parks.  The first 5 hours are free at the Foster Hill Road and Robinson Pool Car Park. 

Further information can be found here Car Parking In Bedford Brochure

Public Transport

Train – Bedford Train Station is approximately 1 mile walk away from Bedford Park.  See google map link for a visual here.

Bus – From the Town Centre the Number 10 bus takes you to Park Lane which is where Bedford Park is.  The Bus timetable can be found here.

Camping

Camping is available at the Christchurch Cheese & Chilli Festival at £10 per person.

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