It’s on! We have just received our invitation, and booked to exhibit, at the 2021 Benington Chilli Festival. Diehard chilli heads will already know about this event. It started way back in 2006 at the stunning Benington Lordship Gardens, near Stevenage and has grown to become the best all round chilli festival in the UK. It is hugely popular with families and attracts thousands of visitors over the three days of the August Bank Holiday.
The event attracts more than 60 of the UK’s best known independent chilli traders offering anything and everything that you can think of with chillies from fresh/dried/smoked chillies, to chutneys, sauces, pickles, seeds, cheese, and chocolate. There is always a delicious selection of hot food available from Mexican, Thai, Cajun, Greek and even Lebanese cuisine. There’s wood oven pizza, spicy sausages, ice cream and even some fantastic chilli and non-chilli drinks from cider through to cocktails.
This is a great place to get chilli plants and there are several traders, including ourselves, offering an enormous selection of varieties from mild to wild. There is live entertainment and activities such as face painting for the kids.
For the serious chilli head there is the infamous chilli eating competition. This is held every day at 4pm and is limited to 12 participants on a first come first served basis.
We can’t wait for this years festival at Benington and we hope to see you there.
When: 28th, 29th & 30th of August 2021
Cost: Adults £8.50. Children: Under 16’s £2.50, Under 12’s Free
Parking: Free; however, they ask that visitors not park anywhere on the roadside or near the green and instead follow signs for parking in the fields directly behind the gardens.