Cheese & Chilli Festival


1st & 2nd June 2024

10am - 6pm Saturday

10am - 5pm Sunday

We are delighted to announce that the amazing Cheese and Chilli Festival is returning to Winchester for for the 9th time in 2024, once again we will be at the North Walls Recreation Ground (River Park, behind the old River Park Leisure Centre).

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Cheese & Chilli Festival Fun!

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Cheese & Chilli Festival Fun!

Welcome To Our Website. Please have a look around.

Cheese & Chilli Festival Fun!

Welcome To Our Website. Please have a look around.

Cheese & Chilli Festival Fun!

Welcome To Our Website. Please have a look around.

Cheese & Chilli Festival Fun!

Welcome To Our Website. Please have a look around.

Thank You to our 2024 Sponsor

Cheese and Chilli Festival Sponsor
Cheese and Chilli Festival Sponsor
Cheese and Chilli Festival Sponsor

If you’d like more information on partnering us at this fantastic event in 2024 please contact Pulford Publicity Ltd.

Pulford Publicity Ltd would love to chat with you about all of the sponsorship and programme advertising packages we offer. Get in touch with us on 01202 941466 or via email HERE to find out more about our prices.

Main Attractions

The 2024 event is already looking fantastic, here are some of the acts already confirmed.

Cheese and Chilli Festival Wrestling


Wrestling Madness: Throughout the day, immerse yourself in the electrifying world of wrestling as skilled athletes take to the ring to battle it out in epic matches! Which corner is going to win, the Cheese Corner or the Chilli Corner? From high-flying maneuvers to bone-crushing takedowns, each bout promises non-stop action and excitement that will keep you cheering for more.

Cooking Theatre

Chilli Olly & Chilli Dave Presents

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 and Chilli Dave but we will also have many guest speakers. See the schedule for further details. The Cooking Theatre will also host the popular Chilli Challenge, plus so much more.

Chilli and Cheese Festival Cooking Theatre
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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 and want to know how to apply, please contact us HERE.

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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 Entertainment Schedule below or the live music button below for further information

Chilli and Cheese Festival Children's Activities

children's entertainment

We have number of FREE activities available for the kids.  We have Punch & Judy, Magic Shows, Treasure Hunts, Balloon Modelling, Giant Bubble Parties, Meet Kerry the Koala Crazy, Golf, stilt walkers, walkabout musicians and Circus Skills available.  There are paid for activities also such as mini fun fair rides, axe throwing, face painting, inflatables etc.

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chilli challenge

The Verses Food Challenge is a crazy 30 minutes of watching people try and devour a HOT meal prepared lovingly by our resident chefs Chilli Olly and Chilli Dave.  The winner is the person who can finish theirs first! If you are mad enough for the challenge, and would like ot kow more, please contact us HERE.

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walk about Wendy

Wendy Sax – Wendy’s versatility enables her to play in many different musical styles including jazz, blues, pop, soul, Ibiza chillout, and contemporary smooth jazz and groove, making her popular and in demand and we get to enjoy her music all day.

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3 Little Pigs

Join the fun at “The Three Little Pigs” puppet show! Witness the classic tale unfold with whimsical puppets, vibrant sets, and laughter for all ages. Don’t miss this enchanting experience.

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Kerry The Koala

We have our very own mascot, Kerry The Koala! She’s 3m tall and filled with air and very friendly?  We’d love you to come and meet her!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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We have an amazing array of cheese on offer.  We select a variation of cheese to be present at the event which means we don’t have lots of stalls selling the same varieties but a hand picked selection just for you.

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An array of lovely 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 chilli related products. It’s a chance to come and try something new and learn something about these fantastic products.

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Battle Of The Choirs

Each day we had a choir perform some amazing songs for us. Saturday saw Winchester A Cappella join us and on Sunday we had the Achoiring Voices.

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The Doughy Bottom Bakery

Keep an eye out for the roaming Doughy Bottom Bakers as they proudly bring their questionable wares to the Cheese Chilli field this summer.

These cheeky, loveable characters will raise a smile with playfulness and downright daftness on the menu. These chefs have got flying flour, slapstick and silliness for all ages, serving up mayhem and mess as they try to complete their ultimate goal – serving everyone they encounter a special treat, even if it’s not quite good enough to eat!

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Mat Follas

Mat won the TV series BBC MasterChef in 2009, then opened his first restaurant, The Wild Garlic, which was awarded 2 AA Rosettes and was recommended in The Good Food Guide and The Michelin guide. Mat’s new restaurant Bramble is in Sherborne, Dorset and doubles as a base for making Mure liqueurs.

Mat will be joining us at the event, and not only will you discover his products on-site, but he will also be participating in the Cooking Theatre.

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Just Chill

If you’d rather just sit and enjoy the weather along with all the great atmosphere, we’d love to have you. Plenty of tables and chairs around the site along with plenty of floor space for picnics etc. Feel free to bring some blankets or some chairs to make the experience all the more comfortable.

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The Story Teller

“Mark Fraser is an exceptional storyteller, weaving his own narratives, recounting timeless tales, and engaging with his audience to captivate both the young and the old. With his unique blend of humour, originality, and boundless imagination, we discovered that his storytelling sessions appealed to children, families, and adults alike, all concurrently. It was truly remarkable.”

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If you’re in need of any beverages, we have plenty of bars around the site to help you quench your thirst. All offer unique menus.

Mini Fun Fair

Steven Hill Amusements 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.

Entertainment Timetable

Cheese & Chilli Festival Winchester Entertainment Timetable

Supporting Local Charities

Cheese & Chilli Festival Listening Ear

The Cheese & Chilli Festival likes to support various charities and local causes.  Last year we were pleased to say that we supported the Challengers Charity and the Listening Ear.

If you’d like to enquire about the Cheese & Chilli Festival supporting a local charity, please do not hesitate to CONTACT US

Cheese & Chilli Festival Challengers


Venue Address:

North Walls Recreation Ground (River Park),

Winchester, SO23 8DJ

Cheese & Chilli Festival Dog

Dogs Are Welcome

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

Cheese & Chilli Festival Car


Whilst there are no allocated parking available the venue has an array of town centre parking facilities all around it. The closest pay and display car park is St Peters. For more information about car parks please visit Winchester Car Parks Map of Car Parks here.

Cheese & Chilli Festival Train


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.

See link below for information relating to South Western Railway.

Cheese and Chilli Festival Bus


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.

Adults: Early Bird Tickets £8.00 / £10 on the door

Senior: Early Bird Tickets £6.00 / £8 on the door

Carers/Disabled: Early Bird Tickets £6.00 / £8 on the door

Children under 16 – FREE

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.

Our Carbon Footprint

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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