The line-up for the Frosts Garden Centre annual Bank Holiday Chilli Festival, from Saturday, August 23 to Monday, August 26, has been announced and this year is set to be a real sizzler!
The Garden Centre in Woburn Sands has made this year’s event bigger than ever with over 30 exhibitors, more music and dancing, entertainment, live cooking demonstrations, chilli beer and cider tasting, a free children’s chilli hunt and the infamous Chilli Challenge!
This year’s event costs £3 per person for entry and includes a free packet of chilli seeds (under 16s and Gardening Club Members are FREE).
James Frost, Managing Director at Frosts, said: “The chilli festival started as a very small event five years ago and it has now become a very popular attraction and continues to grow each year.
“The small fee has been added due to the increased amount of entertainment, exhibitors and activity we are putting on but we guarantee this year will literally blow the roof off!”
There is a variety of exciting entertainment over the three days, including performances from Andalus, (Gipsy King Tribute Band); Solid Steel (Steel Drums & Limbo Dancer); Almas Latinas (Salsa Dancing); Mariachi Loco (Traditional Mexican Music); Los Musicos (Latin Music) and more.
For the brave, Frosts will be holding the ‘Chilli Challenge’ – heat-seeking contenders will have to eat a series of carefully selected chillies.
The semi-finals will take place on Saturday and Sunday with the final on the Monday. Who will go all the way and take their taste buds to the limit?
Plus Frosts is calling all amateur chefs to take part in its recipe competition – the search is on for the finest homemade chilli sauces, chutneys, jams and pickles, to win a scorching £100 prize and the prestigious title of 2014 Chilli Recipe Champion.
Visitors will also be able to see and purchase over 25 varieties of chilli plant including Bhut Jolokia, Trinidad Scorpion, Morouga Red, Cornish Naga, Brain Strain and Scotch Bonnet, with experts on hand to give advice.
This year there is also a Mexican fancy dress competition and a ‘best dressed’ prize each day.
James added: “This is a great Bank Holiday event where people can spend as long as they like soaking up our live music while sipping on a glass of chilli beer, plus this year we have lots more for children to get involved with.”
More information can be found at www.frostsgardencentres.co.uk
Competitions require sign-up in advance. For entry forms and further details, please visit: www.frostsgardencentres.co.uk/Centres/chillifestival/Competitions_and_Entry_Forms