Cheese & Chilli Festival

Guildford Cheese & Chilli Festival

16th & 17th July 2022

Saturday 10am - 7.30pm

Sunday 10am - 5pm

We are delighted to announce that the amazing Cheese and Chilli Festival is coming back to Guildford in 2022 at Shalford Park! We had an amazing time in 2021 and can’t wait to return!

Children - Aged 0-15 are FREE and do not require a ticket

Thank you to our sponsors:

Cheyney Goulding

(Demonstration Tent)

Containment Escape Rooms

(Music Stage)

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

The Event

Cheese & chilli

Main Attractions

Stunt Show (Saturday Only)

The Famous Jez Avery

Jez is a Mountainbike stunt legend and an all-round showman. Jez Avery, one of the originators of freestyle mountainbiking and renowned UK stunt show performer across the UK.  His stunts include quad bikes, mountain bikes, motorcycles etc. Jez is part stuntman and part comedian as he entertains the crowd throughout his performance. Not to be missed.  Please note that we are only lucky enough to have Jez at the show on SATURDAY ONLY.

Dog Talent Show (Sunday Only)

We would like to create our own SILLY version of (perhaps) the greatest dog show, Crufts.

We are inviting the public to bring with them their own dog and for this to be judged in our very own Dog Companion Show by our judging panel who include professional pet lovers.
5 Event Categories; Best Smile, Waggiest Tail, Best Trick, ‘Sheddiest’ Dog and Dog That Looks Most Like Owner.

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.

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.

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.

Walkabout Musicians

Red hot accordion tunes, thumping guitar & harmony drenched vocals.

International folk-duo BoxSet have played festivals together all over Britain, mainland Europe & America.

You will see them at Cheese & Chilli on the stage & and walking around the site in their top hats playing unplugged & singing acapella.

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.

Punch & Judy

“A Classic Whodunit”

Punch & Judy is a classic show which the kids love.  It’s also a time to have 30 minutes or so to grab a drink etc and relax as we’ll take the strain. The show is a fun and interactive play which we all know and love.

Meet The Mascot

We have created our very own mascot! It’s 3m tall and filled with air but what is it?  Come and find out!

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!

Bubble Party

A moment for the kids to go crazy and chase all the bubbles! We have giant and little bubbles to make.  We even let the kids have a go at making some themselves.

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!

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

In 2022 we will be supporting The Challengers

Challengers Charity

The Challengers

The Challengers provide inclusive play and leisure opportunities across our schemes across the South East – places where disabled children and young people can enjoy fun activities and make friends.

The schemes that they run are:

  • Pre-School groups – ages 2-5
  • Playschemes – ages 4-12
  • Youthschemes – ages 13-18

If you didn’t already know, the charity is situated in Guildford (Stoke Park).

The Challengers volunteers will be running our car park and will be asking for any donations to help with the amazing work they are doing for the local area. Please if you have any spare change, any support would be very welcome.

Location, Information, Tickets and Travel

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

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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.

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

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

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

Recycling

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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