West Dean is getting hot with chilli event

The chilli festival is always popular
The chilli festival is always popular

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The country’s largest chilli event, West Dean’s Chilli Fiesta, will be taking place at West Dean Gardens near Chichester over the bank holiday weekend.

Drawing inspiration from the 300 varieties of chillies grown and displayed in West Dean’s glasshouses, over the past 16 years the Chilli Fiesta has grown considerably.

This year will see more than 100 stallholders presenting chillies to eat and grow, specially-prepared sauces, homeware, clothes and jewellery embellished with the vibrant chilli icons.

There will also be an extensive programme of entertainment across two stages, a new bar-team and extended opening hours on Saturday evening.

Demos with West Dean’s resident cookery expert, Rosemary Moon, will include her creative twists on modern and traditional recipes, all liberally laced with specially-selected chillies.

Rosemary will be matching chillies to her dishes and explaining her choices, helping you to find the right plants to match your style of cuisine.

The event runs tomorrow from 10.30am until 6pm, and Sunday and Monday from 10.30am until 5pm.

Tickets cost 90p for children and £10.40 for adults on the gate or online. Call 01243 818210 for details.