The Festival

WHAT’S HAPPENING

Saturday 18th August
10:00 Gates Open: Voting for the Chilli & BBQ Sauce Competition commences
Ad Hoc BBQ demos at Hot Smoked stand
11:15 Music Tent: Big Joe Bone: stomping bluegrass
12:00 Talk Tent: Vicki Montague: Cooking demonstration:
‘Spicy falafels & gluten free flat bread’
12:30 Music Tent: Big Joe Bone: stomping bluegrass
13:15 Talk Tent: Butchery Demonstration with Alastair David of Darts Farm
13:45 Music Tent: Black Friday: folk & Celtic punk band
14:15 Talk Tent: Matt Simpson: Talk: ‘How to grow hotter chillies’
15:00 Music Tent: Black Friday: folk & Celtic punk band
16:00 Chilli Eating Competition: Come on down to the Music Tent!

Sunday 19th August
10:00    Gates Open: Voting for the Chilli & BBQ Sauce Competition commences
Ad Hoc BBQ demos at Hot Smoked stand
11:15    Music Tent: Busta Groove: covers from 50s swing to pop
11:30   Chilli Cook-Off: Cooking starts
12:00   Talk Tent: Joy Michaud: Talk: ‘Top Ten Tips for Growing Chillies’
12:30   Music Tent: Busta Groove: covers from 50s swing to pop
13:15   Talk Tent: Jon Doody: Cooking Demo: Chilli Con Carne
13:45 Music Tent: Black Friday: folk, Celtic and punk band
14:15 Talk Tent: Pete Woodham-Kay of Good Game: BBQ Demonstration
15:00 Music Tent: Black Friday: folk, Celtic and punk band
15:30 Chilli Cook-Off & Sauce Competition: Judging commences. Results at 16:00
16:00 Chilli Eating Competition: Come on down to the Music Tent

Spice it Up!

Our chilli sauce traders will bring you the best chilli sauces, dips, jams and chutney that the UK and beyond has to offer. From hot chilli sauces that will blow your head off, to milder concoctions that just make the tongue tingle, we’ve got it covered. Need a spice mix for a mid-week Persian dish, or a spice rub for your barbecued brisket at the weekend.? We’ve got that too. Check out our list of exhibitors to see who’ll be there.

Grillin’ (and chillin’)

If you want more than throwing another sausage on the barbie, come and see our BBQ demonstrations and competitions.  Check out the latest home smokers; chat about the best charcoal, the best cooking temperatures, the best recipes and the best rubs.

Get competitive!

We’ll be holding a BBQ competition (Saturday), two chilli eating competitions, a chilli-con-carne cook-off (Sunday) and we’ll also give you the opportunity to be the judge in our chilli and BBQ sauce competitions.

Talks and Cooking demos

Eaten too many ribs?!  Take a seat in the Talk Tent and listen to chilli growing experts and chefs share their wisdom. They’ll answer your questions and they might even need a helping hand on stage.

Not so hot……

Even we can’t live on chillies and BBQs alone, so we’ll have other exciting foods to try and buy, from flavoured English spirits, luxury flapjacks , biltong, chocolates, cheeses, cooking sauces and ceramics.

Streetfood

We have a selection of streetfood caterers, from woodfired pizza and Devon Ruby steak burgers to freshly made Thai curries, to authentic American pit BBQ and Moroccan tagine.

BBQ Competition – Saturday

We’ve changed the rules a bit to make it more fun for people to get involved. You, yes YOU can enter on the day and have 10 minutes to grill and put together the ultimate burger, to be judged by an expert (yes, being a ‘burger expert’ is actually a thing!), and the winner at the end of Saturday wins a ProQ Frontier smoker/BBQ worth £280

Chilli Cook-off Competition – Sunday

If you think you can cook a mean chilli-con-carne (or vegetarian chilli), well here’s your chance to prove it. Run by the UK Chilli Cook-off Association, in aid of the children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent, this is your chance to compete against other teams to make the best gallon of chilli-con-carne in 4 hours. All preparation and cooking to be done onsite at the DFSF on Sunday 19th August. To register your team visit Chilli Cook-off Association’s website. So get a couple of friends together, perfect your recipe and enter your team now. Festival visitors can buy a spoon for charity to sample all the entries! Limited number of spoons available!

Chilli Eating Competition

Open to members of the public in it purely for the kudos of being a Devon Fire & Spice Chilli-eating Champion, the chilli eating competitions take place at 4.00pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Run by the amazing Clifton Chilli Club , the rules are simple: the chillies start with mild, and get hotter, and hotter, and hotter! You have 2 minutes to finish each chilli, and you may not drink anything during the competition, no matter how good that chilled pint of milk in front of you looks! Last person standing (or sitting) wins.

Entries open 2 weeks before the event, follow us on Facebook for updates.

BBQ and Chilli Sauce Competitions

Your chance to be the judge in our fun Sauce Competition. Make your way to the sauce competition tent to taste and vote on BBQ and chilli sauces made by the traders themselves.

Who Are We?

The Devon Fire & Spice Festival is brought to Powderham Castle by the creators of the Great Dorset Chilli Festival, the award-winning specialist food festival since 2011 held in Wimborne St Giles in east Dorset. It’s too much fun to only have one chilli festival so this year we are launching the Great Kent Chilli Festival too. But lucky old Devon gets a double whammy: a chilli and barbecue festival, set in parkland between a castle and the sea.