Hotter for longer this year, the West Dean’s Chilli Fiesta has been extended to three days, as it attracts devoted chilli fanatics from all over the world. Creating a very special hotspot among the nation’s food events, there will be chilli growing and cooking demonstrations, tastings galore ranging from the mild to the very hot chilli sauces, jellies, salsas, chutneys, relishes, marinades, nuts and crisps. Even chilli chocolate, chilli ice cream, chilli beer and chilli fruit juices will be on sale.

And if the heat gets too much, chill out in the beer and cider tents whilst listening to the salsa, cumbia and lambada sounds from the Latin Fiesta band. Salsa dancing lessons and belly dancing demonstrations from Salsa Twist and Spirit of Ishtar will also have everyone out of their seats.

The Spread Eagle Hotel, in nearby Midhurst, has got the fever and is offering dinner, bed and breakfast from £105 per person based on two sharing.

Tickets for the Chilli Fiesta are £8.50 each. For more information visit or

Spread Eagle Hotel and Spa, South Street, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9NH