Started in 2006 the Chilli Festival is a hugely popular family event attracting thousands of visitors over three days, offering a chance to buy chilli plants, products and sample foods from around the world. Stalls are set up throughout the garden and a wide range of refreshments is provided to help you cool down, including cold beers and ice creams. Come worship the pepper at Benington Chilli Festival next August bank holiday weekend!
Over 60 pitches of the nation’s best known independent chilli traders selling everything and anything you can make with chillies – chutneys, sauces, pickles, seeds, cheese and chocolate.
We have a number of specialist companies this year, including:
- Hot Red Chilli Peppers
- Mr dlskafdlsk
Choose from Mexican burritos and tacos, Thai, Cajun, Greek and Lebanese fayre, wood oven pizza, spicy sausages, ice cream and more. Vegan and vegetarian dishes too. Sample beers, local cider, spicy ginger beer, soft drinks and the legendary Hot Mule cocktail.
Prolong the pleasure and take home your own chilli plant. There will be hundreds available, plenty of different and unusual varieties, and friendly advice from knowledgeable growers.
For the hard core enthusiast, a unique opportunity to showcase your prowess at the world famous chilli eating competition. If you think you’re hard enough, sign up on the day for the ultimate challenge. To be held each day at 4pm. Limited to 12 participants, on a first come, first served basis.
Entertainment for 2023 includes Sid Bowfin with a reluctant violin, music from Legends Festival Band and ferret racing from Hockley Ferret Rescue.
Information and Opening Times
Opening Times 2024:
24th, 25th & 26th of August 2024, 10-5PM daily
Children under 16 yrs: £4.00
Children under 12 yrs: Free.
Information for Disabled Visitors:
Follow signs from the village of Benington, 4 miles east of Stevenage.
Chilli Festival Parking:
Due to the large number of visitors creating traffic and parking problems visitors are asked not to park anywhere on the roadside or green in the village. There will be ample free parking provided in the fields directly behind the gardens. The Festival main entrance is over the causeway between the two ponds, just below the car park. All parking/access will be clearly sign posted, please see the map below for directions. Disabled visitors (Blue Badge Holders only) and pedestrians should use the garden main entrance off the village green next to St Peter’s Church.