10am to 6pm
Broadwater Parklands, Southport
My Chilli Festival
In 2023, Broadwater Parklands will come alive with all things cheesy, chocolatey and chilli! Bring a picnic rug or chairs, throw off your shoes and relax in the festive atmosphere in the best of Queensland winter weather.
Lots of fun food challenges on stage, food and drinks and fun themed cocktails, kids activities, and of course some live music.
Easy Parking at this beautiful venue – and you can dip your toes in the water or stroll to other parts of the parklands.
Lets Get Spicy!
Take a look at the below itinerary to see what’s in store for this awesome festival on the beautiful Gold Coast.
A variety of delicious chilli condiments, sauces and other products will be available for you to try in Hellfire Alley.
CHEESE AND CHOCOLATE LANE
Come meet some providores and sample some delicious goodies before you buy.
CHEESE CHILLI & CHOCOLATE CHALLENGES
These will be a lot of fun to watch, but even more fun to be a participant.
Chocolate Churros – Yes, it’ll be a whopping serving of chocolate-laden churros, topped with cream! First to the finish line wins!
Cheesy Challenge– A bowl of grated cheese, your hands tied behind your back – who can finish first and come up with the cleanest face!
Fiery Pods Challenge -Sasa Mijalhovic of Australian Designer Seeds will oversee a complex series of pod and extract eating challenges with the last man/woman standing crowned the winner!
Kids Chocolate Tower Challenge – Stack those chocolate biscuits up to the sky! Tallest tower in 5 minutes wins.
Great Balls of Fire Challenge – Rob Dunn prepares his painful parcels of pure evil for those who dare!
CHEESE, CHOCOLATE AND CHILLI FOOD
Our food vendors have a mandate to provide lots of choices that include the above. Even our cold drinks and desserts will provide extra chocolate and chilli-themed fun. We cater for vegans and vegetarians too.
CHILLI PLANTS and GROWING ADVICE)
Sasa Mihaljovic of Australian Designer Seeds will be on hand with 1001 chilli seedlings and plants for sale.
Their range of designer fertiliser is the bomb!
Join our free Bonchi workshop. Materials are available for purchase or you can just look and learn.
Cooking with cheese, chocolate and chillies, or learning how to barbecue the perfect steak. A chocolate-cocktail-making lesson. What is Vegan Cheese? Just roll up to our free workshops at the advertised time on the program.
FOR THE KIDS
Our family-friendly festival offers activities forall ages. Kids can enjoy the animal nursery, guided pony rides, face-painting, inflatables, craft corner and simple sideshows. Because we don’t charge an admission fee for kids, our suppliers reserve the right to charge fees for their services.
Great live music is always peppered in between the chilli challenges on stage. Once again, we have the guitar maestro, Sean Mullen, gracing our stage, playing some hot guitar (and even some Joe Satriani tunes). He’ll also be joined by Sandra Beynon on vocals.
The beautiful girls from Brisbane Academy of Dance will spice up the day with some great performances to recorded and live music. They’ll also be helping our brave chilli challenge contestants get through the pain and on to the glory – you’ve got to love a great cheer-leading team! Check the program for other dance troupes as they’re added!
Yes, we welcome well-behaved pets, provided they’re wearing something red chocolate, cheese- or chilli-themed. Bandannas are available from the entry gates for $5.00.
Enter your dressed-up pal in the GCCC Best Dog Competition – prizes donated by K9 Cakes, one of our stall-holders on the day. Just turn up to the stage at the designated time as per the program.
Relax in our chilli-themed bar and enjoy a selection of chilli cocktails, chilli beer, chilli sangria, as well as some chocolate-themed cocktails and ice-cream sodas. we haven’t worked out how to put cheese into a cocktail yet, sorry!
We’ll even have some French Champagne on hand for the luxe lovers!
VIP CHAMPAGNE EXPERIENCE TICKETS
Enjoy VIP marquee seating, front row VIP challenge seating, French Champagne, grazing platter for two, a goodie bag and a chilli plant! Only 12 tickets available – book here.
OUR CHARITY PARTNER
Lil Bug Love is a Logan-based community organisation which supports children who find themselves caught up in domestic violence matters at Police stations in South-East Queensland.
Volunteers help create the contents of the Comfort Kits which are then distributed to as many Police stations as possible.
Cindy Barden and her daughter Phoebe are committed to easing the trauma of domestic violence and need your help to allow them to keep their important work going. You can donate here.
Want to be a vendor or an exhibitor of some kind at our festival? Our one-stop application form makes it easy to apply for all of our festivals – Ipswich, Briz Chilli Fest, Chillogan, Darwin or Sydney.
We love to have all sorts of people involved in our festivals as sponsors – big or small – in-kind or cash. Here’s our CCO (that’s Chief Chilli Officer) Scarlett Habanero to tell you about why your business might be a good fit for our festivals.
We encourage the use of public transport, in line with our sustainability commitment.