Cheese & Chilli Festival

Winchester Cheese & Chilli Festival

3rd & 4th June 2023

Saturday - 10am to 6pm

Sunday - 10am to 5pm

We are delighted to announce that the amazing Cheese and Chilli Festival is returning to Winchester for for the 8th time in 2023, once again we will be at the North Walls Recreation Ground (behind the River Park Leisure Centre).

Thank you to our 2022 sponsors:

(Demonstration Tent)

(Music Stage)

If you'd like to partner us at the 2023 event, please contact us.

Main Attractions

Whilst we are still working on our 2023 schedule of entertainments, you can see what we got up to in 2022 below. 

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.

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 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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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!

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.

Achoiring Voices

Achoiring voices are a local choir group with a difference. They sing an eclectic mixture of uplifting songs from a variety of popular genres in a welcoming, friendly atmosphere. Sit back and just enjoy!

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!’

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.

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

We are currently working hard on the event’s entertainment schedule and we hope to bring this to you very soon.

Location, Information, Tickets and Travel

  • The venue: North Walls Recreation Ground, Park Avenue, Winchester, SO23 8DJ
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  • See also the 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 are very welcome at the show, all we asks is that they are kept on leads and you pick up any waste.


Public Transport

  • Train: From Winchester station, North Walls Recreation Ground is 0.5 miles walk via Stockbridge Rd, North Walls and then Park Avenue.  A map of the route can be seen here.
  • Park & Ride: The Park & Ride service operates from South Park and stops at North Walls which is only a short walk to the venue.  Further details can be found here.


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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