Packed Chilli Festival planned

jppp-07-08-13 ents-chillis''Chilli Fiesta at West Dean Gardens
jppp-07-08-13 ents-chillis''Chilli Fiesta at West Dean Gardens
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Things are hotting up big time at West Dean Gardens in preparation for the annual Chilli Fiesta (9 – 11 August) which, this year, is bigger and better than ever.

The UK’s largest and most popular celebration of all things chilli is this year offering on-site camping and an eclectic mix of late night entertainment (until 11pm) to keep chilli goers entertained over each of the three nights.

Book a pitch now and make a weekend of it or simply come for a day, an evening or an overnight camping stay to take advantage of the fantastic line up of musicians, dancers and celebrity chefs on offer.

Don’t forget the stars of the show and the reason why West Dean has become a magnet for all things chilli - the Glasshouses in the Walled Gardens will be full to the brim with over 150 varieties of chilli and there’ll be plenty of food, stalls and children’s entertainment to keep everyone busy over the weekend.

Entertainment line up:

THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND

• Katari – this panpipe duo bring you the haunting sound of the Peruvian Andes

• Cocktail Demos – demos throughout the day at the three bars and on the main stage, including the ultimate Chilli Cocktail – the Westdini!

• Chilli Circus – international circus performers Penni Tovey & Marty Bindschatel will amaze with their tricks and skills and their outrageous costumes.

FRIDAY 9 AUGUST (DAY)

Cookery Theatre

• Host: Gee Charman (celebrity food stylist and chef to the Royals)

• Guest chef: Nisha Katona (‘Curry in a hurry’)

• Guest chef: Laura Amos (Dessert Deli)

Stage

• Crystal Main (Former UK Ten Dance Champion, Dancer on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, touring in Brendan Coles’ Licence to Thrill. She will be joined by partner Ian Banham, Dance Captain, featured dancer in West End production of Dirty Dancing and choreographer of international TV show Dancing with the Stars)

• Latin Fiesta (lively and entertaining, this critically acclaimed Latin band are Chilli Fiesta favourites and will be playing popular modern salsa, cumbia, Pop-Latin and Merengue dance hits)

• Mariachi Tequila (authentic wandering Mariachi musicians will bringing a touch of Mexico to the Fiesta. Songs from foot-tapping racheras to romantic ballads)

• Nasira belly dancers

FRIDAY 9 AUGUST (EVENING)

Stage

• Gleadhraich (pop/pipe group)

• Andalus Gypsy Kings Rumba Band (UK’s leading Rumba Flamenco guitar Latin band specialising in the authentic sound of the Gipsy Kings, loved by celebrities and royalty!

• Grupo Lokito (energetic front-line singers play a glorious mix of Congalese Rumba and Cuban Salsa dance rhythms, with outlandish dancing!)

• Viramundo (lively 6 piece authentic Brazilian band featuring gorgeous female singer Rebeca from Rio and Samba dancers. A blend of sambal, samba-reggae, lambada, bossa, axé, forrao, pagoda, Brazilian funk, levada and bossa styles from

Brazil.

SATURDAY 10 AUGUST (DAY)

Cookery Theatre

• Host: Gee Charman

• Guest chefs: Dean Edwards (Masterchef runner up, 2006, Chef on ITV’s Daybreak/Lorraine)

• Paul Wayne Gregory (Chocolate Delights)

• Laura Amos (Dessert Deli)

Stage

• Crystal Main

• Latin Fiesta

• Mariachi Tequila

• Nasira belly dancers

SATURDAY 10 AUGUST (EVENING)

Stage

• Gleadhraich

• Manos de Dios (4 piece band, in the style of gypsy kings, laid back Latin style music)

• Jackson Scott (guitarist with a passion for flamenco and gypsy music, front man and songwriter for Mano de Dios, also performs solo flamenco and ‘vaudeville rock’ material)

• Osvaldo Chacon & The Cuban All-Stars (a line-up of the UK’s foremost Cuban and Latin musicians)

• Sky Murphy and the General (multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter Sky

Murphy and his handpicked band of crack musicians, known as ‘the General’, will perform in the hybrid style of ‘surfbeat’)

SUNDAY 11 AUGUST (DAY)

Cookery theatre

• Host: Gee Charman

• Guest chefs: Laura Amos (Dessert Deli)

• Paul Wayne Gregory (Chocolate Delights)

Stage

• Crystal Main

• Latin Fiesta

• Mariachi Tequila

• Nasira belly dancers

SUNDAY 11AUGUST (EVENING)

Stage

• Gleadhraich

• Mid Jazz Sandwich Quintet (Jazz Quintet, originating from Chichester, praised for their innovative and creative approach to jazz)

• Natty Bo and the Topcats (‘the sultans of ska’, this 10 piece big draws inspiration from Jamaican ska, rocksteady and rhythm blues, led by the charismatic Natty Bo)

• London Gay Big Band (20 piece band will bring a host of standard and classic big band sounds)

West Dean is located in the heart of the South Downs National Park near Chichester