Cheese & Chilli Festival

Guildford Cheese & Chilli Festival

17th & 18th July 2021 – 10am to 5pm

We are delighted to announce that the amazing Cheese and Chilli Festival is coming back to Guildford in 2021 at Shalford Park! We had an amazing time in 2019 and can’t wait to return.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Cheyney Goulding

(Demonstration Tent)

If you'd like to sponsor the 2022 event, please contact us.

The Event

Cheese & chilli

Main Attractions

Chilli Eating Competition

The Chilli Eating Competition takes place each day at around 4pm.  It’s quite a sight to see grown adults struggle to eat tiny fruits and hilarious to see the consequences! The winner of the competition is the person who can stay in the game the longest! If you are mad enough for the challenge, please contact us.

Karaoke Booth

The Box That Rox is a karaoke video booth that provides fantastic entertainment. Anyone can have a go, it’s FREE!

Demonstration Theatre

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 Theatre will also host the popular Hot Food Challenge, Ready Steady Cook interactive cooking session plus many more.

Circus Skills

Have a go at Circus Skills; including juggling, diabolo, poi, plate spinning, flower sticks, staff spinning, hula hooping, stilt walking, unicycles and rola bola – we even have a freestanding slackline for the more adventurous to try!

Children's Entertainment

We have number of FREE activities available for the kids.  We have Punch & Judy, Magic Shows, Treasure Hunts, Balloon Modelling, Crazy Golf, Football and Circus Skills available.  There are paid for activities also such as mini fun fair rides, face painting, inflatables etc.  We are very sad to say that our resident Pirate Magician Alf Mackay sadly passed away at the end of last season and we would like to dedicate all our shows this year to him.  He is sadly missed and as a token to him, any child coming to the event dressed as a pirate will receive a sweet gift.


“Tomorrow is Another Story”

Enter the world of Mark Fraser – The storyteller.  You will find pirates, dragons, wizards, giants, fairies and a strange Goblin ice cream expert. Original tales, traditional stories and shaggy dogs can all be found at the story tent.  The international storyteller will bring laughs, frights, wonder and a not so bad wolf to The Cheese & Chilli Festival.  Come and be part of a story.

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.

Taste Tent

At each event we have a tailored selection of sauces from various traders around the site and we ask you to judge which ones you prefer.  When entering the event, you are given a ballot slip to be used in this area.  Your vote counts!

Crazy Golf

Another FREE activity, why not test yourself against our very own Cheese & Chilli Crazy Golf Course.  Par 27!  Large and small putters available plus multicoloured balls so no cheating.

Hot Food Challenge

The Hot Food Challenge is a crazy 30 minutes of watching people try and devour a HOT meal prepared lovingly by our resident chef Chilli Olly.  The winner is the person who can finish their first! If you are mad enough for the challenge, please contact us.

Cheese & Chilli

An array of lovely cheese & chilli available for you to sample and purchase. We are very lucky to be supported by some of the uk’s leading growers, makers and manufacturers of cheese and chilli related products. It’s a chance to come and try something new and learn something about these fantastic products.

Good Times

If the activities on offer aren’t your thing, you can just come and have a good time with your friends or family.  Let the good times roll!

Fun Fair Rides

DNG Events will be supplying us with some rides.  Here are some example images of rides they have available but it is not yet confirmed which rides will be present.

Extreme Heat Challenge

’Thinking of performing an Extreme Heat Challenge?  Come and meet Chilli Sid in our Demonstration Tent.  Chilli Sid is famous for completing a number of Extreme Heat Challenges.  These sessions are designed to give you an insight into the world of extreme chilli challenges.  Extreme heat challenges are becoming more popular and if you are interested in having a go one day, you need to understand the dangers involved.  Chilli Olly and Chilli Sid will walk and talk you through the process. Chilli Sid will be performing a number of Heat Challenges throughout this amazing Q&A answering any questions you have including how it feels to eat 40 Carolina Reapers in one sitting!’

2021 will be the 6th year of the Guildford Cheese & Chilli Festival. The Cheese & Chilli Festival provides fun activities for all ages. With FREE cooking demonstrations, Taste Tents, a Beer Festival, the amazing inflatable pub, 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.

Plus the amazing Inflatable Pub!


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

Cooking Theatre

See what's happening at the Cooking Theatre
11:00 am Cooking Theatre – Burning Brunch with Chilli Olly & Chilli Pepper Perrett
11.30pm Cooking Theatre – Meet the Maker Komathys Kitchen (TBC)
12.15pm Cooking Theatre – Light Lunch – The Ultimate Cheese & Chilli Toastie
1pm Cooking Theatre – Chatting with Chilli Sid (TBC)
1.30pm Vs Chilli Food Challenge – This year is a Reaper Challenge, with a handcrafted relish from the minds of Chilli Olly and Chilli Pepper Perrett comes the hottest vs Food Challenge the Cheese & Chilli Festival has seen, with limited spaces you’ll have to be fast to enter and bold enough to face it.
2pm Cooking Theatre – Meet the Maker
3.15pm Cooking Theatre – Chilli Cocktails – Mixing cocktails and pairing with food

Kids Entertainment

See what's happening for the kids (old and young)
11:00 am Giant Bubble Show
11:00 am Teddy Walkabout
11:30 am Punch & Judy Show
12noon Circus Show
12.30pm Story Telling
1pm Teddy Walkabout
1.15pm Punch & Judy Show
1.45pm Circus Show
2pm Teddy Walkabout
2.15pm Story Telling
3pm Giant Bubble Show
3.30pm Punch & Judy Show
4pm Story Telling
All Day Karaoke
All Day Face Painting
All Day Free Crazy Golf
All Day Fun Fair
All Day Henna Tattoos

Music Stage

See what's happening on the Music Stage
11.30am – 12.30pm Live Music – TBC
1pm – 2pm Live Music – TBC
2.30pm – 3.30pm Live Music – TBC
3.45pm Chilli Eating Competition

In 2021 we are supporting Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK are excited to be attending the Cheese & Chilli festivals as the dedicated charity for 2021. We are the world’s largest charity dedicated to saving lives through research. Our vision it to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. In the 1970’s, less than a quarter of people with cancer survived. But over the last 40 years, survival has doubled – today half will survive. Our ambition it to accelerate progress and see 3 in 4 people surviving the disease by 2034.

The Cancer Research UK team will be controlling our car park at the weekend and will be asking for any donations to help the cause.

Location, Information, Tickets and Travel

Shalford Park, Shalford Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU4 8BL.

The event site is easily accessible via train also.  From Guildford Train Station, walk over to the Guildford Friary Bus Station and catch the 53 bus to Shalford Park in approx 9 minutes.

Please also see our Location Map below.

  • Tickets for our Guildford festival are also available now from the Visit Guildford Ticket Box Office. Click below to Book.

Visit Guildford Ticket Box Office

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

Free Parking

There will be FREE parking at the event ground.  The Cancer Research UK team has kindly offered to control our car park and will kindly ask for any donation to support the fantastic work the charity does.

Public Transport

The event site is easily accessible via train also.  From Guildford Train Station, walk over to the Guildford Friary Bus Station and catch the 53 bus to Shalford Park in approx 9 minutes.


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


We are committed to making the Festival more environmentally friendly and we encourage you to do the same. Help us to keep the site tidy and leave no trace. Please bring and use your own water bottles. Try to conserve water on non-essential use. Do not bring glass; no glass bottles are allowed on site.  We will also be offering visitors the opportunity to purchase a sustainable reusable cup instead of using single use plastic containers at the bar.  We are actively exploring other ways that we can help reduce our carbon footprint. Together we can make a difference.

Top 5 things you can do to help:

1. Recycle, recycle recycle!!

2. Keep tidy.  Please don’t leave rubbish or equipment

3. Bring your own water bottle and refill onsite

4. Car share

5. Use public transport or as sustainable as possible transport, particularly if local

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