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The Sixth Upton Cheyney Chilli and Cider Festival
August 30, 2014 @ 11:00 am - August 31, 2014 @ 5:00 pm£2. – £39
The Sixth Upton Cheyney Chilli and Cider Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday 30/31st August, starting at 11.00am and ending at 5pm. The Saturday evening party in the barn for which tickets are compulsory starts at 7pm. There will also be a warm-up party for all our campers in the barn on the Friday night starting at 7pm.
Advance tickets for admission to the daytime part of the festival are not required and payment can be made on the gate with adult admission at £6 and children under 12 at £2. If you would like to pre-book our daytime tickets however these can be bought from our online store, including a discounted weekender ticket that permits entrance to the event on both the Saturday and Sunday for just £10 between 11am and 5pm. The evening event is strictly tickets only priced at £15 per adult or £7 per child under 12.
The Saturday night evening party sells out rapidly which is not surprising when you consider the allure of excellent live music, good spicy food, ciders, beers, and wines, exotic entertainment and an atmosphere that only an ancient Tithe Barn could deliver!
This years festival will stick to the same formula as in years gone by, which is to ensure the event is massively enjoyable for all those who visit, regardless of age and whether they are chilli lovers or not. A couple of added bonuses this year include a celebration of cider with taste testing on offer from many of the West Countries best producers. On top of this you can revel in the VW world with a show and shine of classic campers, beetles, and more modern VW vehicles. Its where you will find all the cool kids!
Family fun is at the top of our priorities list, and this year we are excited to offer a fun field, with bouncy castle and slide, Punch and Judy show, magician, face painting, balloon wizardry, traditional farmyard games, egg throwing, chilli chase race and much more.
For the chilli lovers we have the main chilli farm itself, which includes the Hot Headz tunnel of extreme heat, the Bart Ingredients spice tunnel and the amazing Simpson Seeds show tunnel, which shows off 80+ different types of colourful and strangely shaped pods. The Greenhouse Sensations tunnel continues to exhibit a full range of alternative growing kits including hydroponics, semi hydroponics, irrigation systems and solar. Our new Clifton Chilli Club sponsored tunnel can also be seen – home of the UKs hottest chillies and birthplace of the pods used in many of the chilli eating competitions that they host.
The chilli tasting table is not to be missed, although if you need to cool your mouths we have a bar with conventional drinks as well as chilli ciders, beers and stouts. This years chilli themed farmers market will include among others, industry legends such as Hot Headz, Simpson Seeds, Dartmoor Chilli Farm, Mr Vickies, Seaspring Seeds, Bath Pig, Stoke Gifford Spices, Grim Reaper Foods, The Chilli Alchemist, The Isle of Wight Garlic Farm, Bath Harvest, Karimix, Ambalamba Spices, and The Upton Cheyney Chilli Company.
One of the absolute highlights of the festival is the UK Chilli Cook-Off Association. This is a competition where private individuals compete to cook the very best Chilli-Con-Carne. We are super privileged this year to be holding the last heat in the UK series on Saturday 30th and the UK finals on Sunday 31st. The UKCCA do this for charity with this years proceeds going to CLIC. As visitors to the festival, you will get to sample each and every chilli-con-carne and place your vote. The winning team on the Saturday will cook again on the Sunday and stand a chance of winning $25000 in the worldwide finals in Las Vegas, Nevada!
The chilli eating competition will be the highlight of the day, when we will invite 20 people to take on the heat, with the mighty Clifton Chilli Club and Darth Naga, presenting the competition along with help from Alex the Chilli Farmer. Those hoping to enter the competition will need to enter on the day with names being pulled from the hat to ensure everyone is given a chance. The chilli eating competition will take place on both the Saturday and the Sunday.
Besides food being served from the traditional Manor Farm BBQ, we will also be joined this year by the amazing Mexican food specialists Los Amigos who do a mean Mexican Burrito and Taco, we are also honoured to have the mighty Guerilla Grillers with their Nagadillo eggs, and American themed BBQ pulled pork baps and Brisket. Upton Cheyney will be offering our very own Jalapeno Popper bar, and there will be a number of alternative foods from around the world to whet every appetite!
There is of course a bar which this year includes beers and ciders on tap from our very local friends at Bath Ales. Lagers, wines, Pimms and soft drinks also available plus teas and coffees.
The daytime entertainment will be simply stunning and although we will keep some of the entertainment as a surprise, you can expect to see strolling minstrels, circus entertainers, and the amazing Singing Dick from Wick.
The Saturday evening Barn Party starts at 7pm, and is about having a really good time on Manor Farm, whilst enjoying a refreshing drink, some lovely food and fantastic live music. There will be three live bands with the incredible Billie In The Lowground kicking off the evening with their brand of homegrown Celtic folk and rock from the Wild West of England. As cider lovers, we can ask for no more than the next band on – Combyne Arvester who are sure to get you dancing and singing. Our headliners are the Bath based classic rock, blues and funk Gods – El Torro who have a reputation for being one of the best covers bands in the South West. Along with surprise entertainers the barn party is one not to be missed.