Ipswich Chilli Festival
Now in its second year, Ipswich’s very own chilli festival is growing bigger and better, as a stand-alone event in the front market section of the historic Ipswich Showgrounds.
Join in this family-friendly day and support your local vendors and keep this great event happening.
Brought to you by the creators of Briz Chilli Fest, Chillogan, Darwin Chilli Fest and The Sydney
Chilli Festival , under the leadership of Chief Chilli Officer, Scarlett Habanero.
Lets Get Spicy!
Take a look at the below itinerary to see what’s in store for this awesome festival!
A variety of delicious chilli condiments, sauces and other products will be available for you to try and then buy in the festival.
For the bravehearts, a choice of five chilli challenges to set the stage on fire!
Chilli Churros – Yes, it’ll be a hellishly delicious challenge where chilli will outweigh the sweetness for sure!
Wicked Whip Challenge (Vegan)- Find out how difficult eating a bowl of delicious ice-cream can become when paired with Australian Extreme Director’s Special Sauce, and fresh chillies.
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!
Volcanic Wing Challenge- Kickin’ Wings presents your worst Wing Nightmare in conjunction with Firing Line Gourmet Chilli for an eye-watering collaboration.
Great Balls of Fire Challenge – Rob Dunn prepares his painful parcels of pure evil for those who dare!
CHILLI FOOD (and the whimpy food too!)
Our food vendors have a mandate to provide at least four chilli-themed offerings. Even our cold drinks and desserts will provide some chilli-themed fun fun
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 chillies, or learning how to barbecue the perfect steak – just roll up to our free workshops at the advertised time.
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 or chilli-themed. Bandannas are available from the entry gates for $5.00.
Enter your dressed-up pal in the Chilli 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 regular beverages.
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 – Briz Chilli Fest, Chillogan, Darwin, Sydney, Ipswich
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.
Ample free parking on site at the showgrounds. Mobility-impaired patrons can be safely dropped off at the entry gates or utilise the dedicated Disabled Parking spaces within the showgrounds.
Ipswich Railway Station is 2.2km from the Showgrounds, a 25 minute walk.
Bus Stop 515 is outside the Showgrounds on Warwick Street.