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2 April, 2020

What’s On: April 2019

1 April, 2020


The heat is on as Chester Chilli Fest returns


The Chester Chilli Fest will be back in Chester city centre this spring, following a sizzling debut in 2017.

Cestrians who like their taste buds tingled are in for a treat as the city centre gets ready to welcome the return of Chester Chilli Fest on Saturday 14th April.

The festival attracted hundreds into the city centre last year, and around 20 of the country’s top chilli producers will be heading to the city to showcase their products for 2018.

They’ll offer a range of chilli-based sauces, jams, pastes, pickles, cheese, dips – and even chilli chocolate – to sample and purchase.

Visitors will also get the chance to buy items such as grow-your-own chilli plants and seeds.

The hot-hot-hot celebration of chilli flavour is part of a series of festivals held across the country by non-profit organisation, Chilli Fest UK, with Chester being one of more than 18 UK stops.

Similar to last year, the festival will also welcome live music as well as a Clash of the Titans-style chilli eating contest which is open to ten adults to compete in.

Nick White, city centre manager for CH1ChesterBID, said: “We’re really looking forward to hosting the Chester Chilli Fest again in 2018.

“Last year’s festival saw crowds head into the city centre to experience the fun for themselves and the atmosphere was fantastic.

“Just like last year, the festival will include live music, competitions and a range of stalls ready for visitors to sample the range of goods on offer.

“This is a really popular national tour so we’re very pleased to have secured its return and we hope it will be even more well-attended this year.”

Alexander Mustang, founder of Chilli Fest UK, added: “We can’t wait to bring our chilli celebration back to Chester.

“Chilli Fest supports independent producers who offer completely unique products you can’t buy at the supermarket.”

The Chilli-eating competition will start at 3pm and is strictly open to over 18’s only.

Contestants must have no serious medical condition or illness, bring along identification and sign a waiver to participate.

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