Chili Festival Fires Up In Willunga Today

If spice is your life, this event is for you. Are you game?


There are two types of people in the world.

Those who think sweet chili is SPICY, always order the extra mild everything, and look at the rest of us like we’re out of our minds crazy, when we add a little more chili on our already hot dishes. It’s basically the same divide that exists between coriander lovers and haters. So if you don’t like spice, here’s a nice guide to Adelaide’s best new bars instead. If you love firing up your tastebuds though, what we’re about to share with you, is your reason to cancel today’s plans, and head to Willunga.

The Chilli Fest Willunga is a two day festival (sorry you seem to have missed day 1), which runs from 10am til 4pm today.

This brilliant concept has been running for 15 years, having been created by Lorraine and Steve from Hillside Herbs. The popular event has always attracted crowds, with pretty much all cultures embracing the taste sensation, using chillies as coveted cooking ingredients (plus they’re easy to grow!).

This year, the festival has grown again, with the Willunga Recreation Park committee taking on the festival as a fundraising event for their community owned and managed facilities, which has seen the festival move to the park so it could expand.

So if you’re heading down today, you’ll get to enjoy more stallholders, the Artisans market, and pretty much the best that Willunga has to offer. AND CHILI (sorry got excited there). And there’s even air con.

On site in the halls, there will be live music, stalls and various chilli-related demonstrations, such as cooking with chillies, how to grow them, and even how to use them in floral art. On the northern side next to the Show Hall there will be a shaded beer garden, where visitors can enjoy local beer and wine and chilli inspired food.

Make a day of it and check out some of the other things happening in the area too. The Festival coincides with the monthly Quarry Market, as well as the weekly Farmers Market and Green Light Organic Market, so activities will spread throughout the town.

Tickets: Entry to the festival is only $5 per adult, with children under 16 free.

When: Today, Feb 10th, 10am-4pm

Where: 7 Main Road, Willunga

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