The Great Dorset Chilli Festival Ticket Competition & Info

With the chilli festival season well under way (see our calendar for a list of the various events) there will be plenty of places to go and try out the latest hot sauces, or to challenge yourself in a chilli eating competition. One of the big festivals is the Great Dorset Chilli Festival, which is now in its fourth year.

In conjunction with Chilli Fiends, the Great Dorset Chilli Festival is giving you the chance to win a one day family pass for free entry to the event on either the Saturday 2nd or Sunday 3rd of August (but you will need to travel there under your own steam). All you need do is follow @ChilliFiends and @GrtDorsetChilli and Tweet the following in your Twitter timeline:

“@ChilliFiends @GrtDorsetChilli I will brave the fiery heat. The Great Dorset Chilli Festival 2nd/3rd Aug #iwantowin”

The competition is open from now until the end of Friday 25th July, the winner will be selected at random and announced shortly afterwards.

Need more details on what entertainment the festival will provide? Then carry on reading, we have all the information you need below. Sadly there is no camping over the weekend on site, but tickets can be purchased in advance should you not be a Chilli Fiends winner on the Great Dorset Chilli Festival website, so long as you do so before 28th July.

Great Dorset Chilli Fest

Competition of all kinds is heating up for the Great Dorset Chilli Festival this year, taking place on the first weekend of August in the beautiful surroundings of the Earl of Shaftesbury’s St Giles Park.  From cook-offs to chilli eating, and sauce to plants, professional and amateur chilli lovers alike will be doing battle to take home a coveted red rosette.  For those new to the scene, expert chilli growers and chefs will be on hand to offer top tips and demonstrations … this year’s novices could be next year’s winners.

This year, the Great Dorset Chilli Festival team have once again joined forces with the UK Chilli Cook-off Association to create this regional heat of the national chilli cook-off competition.  The cook-off will be held on the Sunday of the 2 day Festival, and those who believe they can cook the best chilli in Dorset are encouraged to enter.  The rules are simple: teams have four hours to cook a gallon of chilli-con-carne (or vegetarian chilli) from scratch, using their own combination of ingredients and spices.  The winner goes forward to the national finals, with the national winner competing in Las Vegas in the Chilli class of the World Food Championships.  Don’t feel like cooking?  Don’t worry!  The chilli festival visitors will get to taste the entries by paying a donation to the CLIC Sargent children’s cancer charity in exchange for a sampling spoon.

Those with green fingers have already been nurturing chilli plants for several months, ahead of the annual chilli plant competition on Saturday 2nd August.  Amateur growers are welcome to enter their plants into either the open class or the Numex Twilight variety class, exclusively for specimens of this striking ornamental chilli.   Experts from Sea Spring Seeds, Simpsons Seeds and Amateur Gardening magazine will select the winner of each class on Saturday afternoon, and each will be awarded a £50 garden centre voucher.   Meanwhile, the pros, namely Dorset-based chilli and vegetable seeds specialists, Sea Spring Seeds, will be displaying only the very best examples of this year’s crop in the Chilli Plant Exhibition tent.

Often dubbed as the highlight of the day, the Chilli Eating Competition will be testing the limits of even the most hardened chilli-heads.  Brave competitors will subject themselves to ten rounds of increasingly hot chillies, which they have to consume in its entirety before they progress to the next round.  The last man or woman standing will be crowned the winner.  Willing volunteers need to email to request an application form ahead of the event.

For those who like it hot, but don’t like to have an audience, the Tasting Tent will be the ideal destination.  Professional producers will be going head-to-head to discover who creates the best chilli sauces, chilli jam and spicy chutney, and it’s up to the public to decide!  A blind tasting will give visitors a flavour for what is on offer to try and buy from the many stall holders.  Organisers are exceptionally proud to introduce their brand new 2014 Great Dorset Chilli Festival sauce, exclusively created by The Upton Cheyney Chilli Co.  But sauces and condiments won’t be the only things on sale; a huge variety of traders will be selling everything from local cheeses to chilli seeds, and ceramic kitchenware to English sparkling wine.

With all these fresh ingredients on offer, expert chefs will be showing how to use them in the Demonstration Tent.  Focus will be on creating excellent family suppers using chillies, showcasing home-cooking at its best.  New for this year, White Pepper Cookery School’s very own expert on Japanese cuisine will be talking to visitors on Saturday, whilst Christine McFadden of Dorset Foodie fame will be sharing her ‘hot’ tips on Sunday.  Any budding competitors for next year’s Chilli Cook-Off mustn’t miss Cook-Off Organiser, Jon Doody, who will be sharing his insider tips on how to make the best chilli-con-carne.

As if all of that wasn’t enough, there will be plenty of family entertainment throughout the weekend; falconry flying displays, fire breathing, and performances by Alfredo the Magician.  For hands on fun, there will be face painting, tree climbing, carriage rides, bouncy castles, and a caricaturist.  For the ‘big kids’, there will once again be a great selection of performers in the music tent, including Dorset skiffle band Quinns Quinney and The Montgomerys.  The beer and cider tent will quench thirsts, with the help of the brand new cocktail tent.

It almost goes without saying that there will be an amazing selection of the very best artisan food producers and spicy street food vendors.  With even more caterers attending this year, there will be something to suit the spicy and less-spicy palate alike; from vegetarian and gluten-free snacks and curries, to gourmet sandwiches and exotic tagines.  If you feel the need to cool off, Dorset-based Purbeck Ice Cream will be on hand with their delicious offering, whilst others will be serving up everything from frozen yogurt to traditional French crêpes.

The development of the Dorset Naga, at one time reputed to be the world’s hottest chilli, has really put Dorset on the map for chilli enthusiasts, so be sure not to miss this fun, friendly festival guaranteed to be Dorset’s hottest event!  Advance reduced price tickets are on sale now, so head to the website to pick one up!

Chilli Fiends Presents the Safari Sauces Competition


Safari Sauces do a range of African inspired products including the Zulu SuSu (Mild), Chakalaka (Medium) or Muti (Hot) sauce and this is your chance to win your choice of one of these.

For 2014 Safari Sauces are introducing no less than seven new sauces including the Safari Chilli Chocolate Sauce, Bush Fire Ltd. Edition and their hottest one yet, the Cetewayo’s Hellfire.

To win, you need to answer the question posed **right here**  and follow @ChilliFiends and @SAFARIeCATERING on Twitter – if you can tweet the link to this competition that would be great too. The answer is available on Safari Sauces website and pretty easy to find.

The comp closes at the end of next Saturday 17th May 2014 – get entering and good luck.

The Chilli Pepper Company Competition

Chilli Fiends is happy to announce yet another great competition this time with one of the hottest sauce makers in the UK The Chilli Pepper Company – with products such as Naga Mama, 5 Minute Burn, El Diablo and 20 Minute Burn (and yes it does), you won’t be walking away from this website without breaking into a sweat with your insides on fire.


The prizes on offer are as follows:

First prize: Your sauce name on the bottle, a bottle of the new sauce and a Chilli Pepper Company pocket rocket keyring filled with 6.4 million Scoville extract.

Second prize: One of another of The Chilli Pepper Company’s sauces and your sauce name on a future new product.

New mystery sauceTo win these awesome prizes you have to come up with a name for Ged’s new hot sauce made with Fresh Carolina Reaper 83%, Sea Salt and Cider Vinegar. Follow @ChilliFiends and @ChilliHeat and put your entries on this form and a link to this comp or Ged’s website on Twitter or Facebook would be great. The competition is open until the end of play next Saturday, one entry per person.

Good luck and make sure to check out The Chilli Pepper Company’s website.

Bim’s Kitchen Competition

Chilli Fiends is pleasured to be able to offer you yet another fantastic competition. This time it is your chance to win some goodies from Bim’s Kitchen.

First Prize is the selection of Bim’s African inspired sauces that contain the unusual Baobab tree fruit.

As runner up prize, one lucky chillihead will win two of these items.

Bim's Kitchen

All you need do is follow @ChilliFiends and @bimskitchen on Twitter and answer the question **here**

If you’d like to Tweet a link to the competition or Bim’s website, that would be great too.

You’ve got until next Saturday to enter – good luck and make sure to check out Bim’s Kitchen’s Website.

Chilli Fiends present Mr Vikki’s ChilliMafia Competition

If you’ve never heard of Mr Vikki’s you’ve missed out and should immediately go and visit the website and buy things – lots of things. Mr Vikki’s style is that of Indian infused spicy products from the glorious Garlic Pickle to the supreme King Naga – every one of these hotties is skilfully hand-crafted and this is your opportunity to win some of them.

Never one to stand still, Mr Vikki’s has four new sauces in the ChilliMafia range coming to the online store and you could be sampling every one of them.


We have Capo Di Tutti, Piri Piri, The Jamaican Bonnet and the Bangkok Prik – in order to win these sauces you need to follow @Chillifiends and @MrVikkis on Twitter and post the link to this competition – you’ll also need to tell us why you deserve to win these sauces by filling in the form on this link.

The competition closes next Saturday, so get your imagination flowing and give us a reason to give you some hot sauce. Good luck.

Competition Update: Adam is also going to include an additional bonus item with the prize, his brand new Green Habanero Jam “Mr. Green” – a couple of people have tried the beta version:

It sounds very tasty indeed.

Dartmoor Chilli Farm Competition – Celebrating the Devon Chilli Fiesta

Chilli Fiends in conjunction with Dartmoor Chilli Farm is happy to be able to give you a chance to win some of their excellent chilli products as a celebration of the 2014 Devon Chilli Fiesta.

The magnificent first prize consists of a chilli gift bag containing Beast Sauce, Habanero orange & peach sauce, five bars of chilli chocolate, some fudge and some fiery apple chutney and there will be three runner up prizes of a bar of chilli chocolate.

In order to win you will need follow us on Twitter so visit @chillifiends and @DartmoorChilli  – you will also need to answer the questions posed here – you’ll find all the answers on Dartmoor Chilli Farm’s website and whilst you’re there make sure to visit their projects page where you’ll find all manner of interesting articles including hints and tips on how to grow your own chillies.

The competition closes at midnight Saturday 8th of March, any entries put in after that date won’t count. Winners will be drawn at random, so get searching for the answers and good luck.