Sussex is warming up, especially at West Dean College where they are getting ready for the Chilli Fiesta this coming weekend!
West Dean Gardens’ Chilli Fiesta turns 20 year this year. It has grown from humble beginnings to become the UK’s biggest annual festival celebrating the fiery chilli. The family-friendly festival takes place within the beautiful South Downs landscape with a backdrop of the historic West Dean House. As the popular Chilli Fiesta leaves behind its teenage years here are 20 significant facts about West Dean’s much-loved Chilli Fiesta (7, 8 and 9 August 2015).
1. 300,000 visitors to the Chilli Fiesta since it began
2. 250 varieties of chilli grown in the …
3. …13 Victorian glasshouses at West Dean Gardens
4. 200 firework effects in chilli-themed display to celebrate 20 years (Saturday night)
West Dean Gardens grows over 250 varieties of chillies
Pimms o’clock, 20th Anniversary Chilli Fiesta
West Dean Chilli Fiesta, main stage
5. One Beautiful South Tourism Event of the Year Award
6. 100 Salsa dance displays and masterclasses over the years but …
7. … just ONE Salsa masterclass with Brendan Cole, Strictly star (Sunday)
8. 10,000 pints of milk consumed over the years by the real chilli heads
9. 180 stalls selling food, drinks, plants, seeds and produce
10. 3,400 – average number of steps danced by the average Chilli Fiesta go-er
11. 500 music acts in 20 years
12. 14 days to set up then clear up the Chilli Fiesta
13. 90 acres of award-winning gardens
14. 200,000 pints of beer and cider consumed by Chilli Fiesta goers
15. 13-tog duvet included in the glamping package for chilly British summer nights
16. 10 tonnes of ice used to cool festival-goers’ drinks
17. £12 Adult early bird Saturday ticket (until 31 July. Gate £14.50), Child £1
18. 22 rides on the big wheel by one person in one day – a Chilli Fiesta record!
19. 4 different camping zones from family-friendly to caravan areas.
20. ONE original Chilli Fiesta, but plenty of imitators!
The 20th Chilli Fiesta is the hot summer destination as sizzling salsa and Latin bands line up to entertain over a three-day programme (10.30am to 11pm Sunday 9pm) including Groupo Lokito, The Fontanas, Jesus Cutino and Son de Cuba and Brazilian/Latin group Sambossa. Debut acts include Levi Roots; Adriana; Jenny; Lokandes; Atlantico; The Voodoo Love Orchestra; Rocio; Cuban Tropicana; Bamboleo the famous Gypsy King Tribute Band and more. Music on the main stage will finish at 9pm (6pm Sunday) and live music will continue in Paradiso Latino Cabaret Tent from 9pm to 11pm (9pm Sunday) featuring; Latin jazz trio, Quinto (Friday); guitarist, Nicolas (Saturday); and trio Los Musicos (Sunday).
In the Cookery Theatre popular Sussex cook and food writer, Rosemary Moon, will be hosting a series of food demonstrations with guests; Malcolm Riley, The African Chef; Danish-born Master Baker Troels Bendix; and Levi Roots, who appeared on Dragon’s Den in 2007 and secured investment in his Reggae Reggae Sauce.
Pick up tips on growing chillies at home in the Gardening Theatre with Shaun Hamblen the ‘Kitchen Gardener’ and Laura Hughes from the West Dean Gardens’ team. Shaun and Laura will be joined by guest experts from Sea Spring Seeds, Hot Headz, Simpson Seeds and food and travel writer, Andy Lynes, author of How to be a Chilli Head, throughout the weekend.
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