Cheese & Chilli Festival

Guildford Cheese & Chilli Festival

18th & 19th July 2020 – 10am to 7pm (Sunday 5pm)

We are delighted to announce that the amazing Cheese and Chilli Festival is coming back to Guildford in 2020 at Shalford Park! We had an amazing time in 2019 and can’t wait to return.

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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.

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.

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.

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!

2020 will be the 5th 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!

Beer

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

In 2020, we will be Supporting local charities, if you have a charity you think we should support, please let us know.

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

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

Whilst the parking is free, it is managed by our local charity The Challengers and they are kindly asking for donations towards their amazing charity that offers support for children with disabilities.

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

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

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