Great Dorset Chilli Festival is on August 3 and 4 at St Giles Park, Wimborne St Giles, and claims  to be the hottest weekend this summer. The two-day specialist food festival celebrates the increasingly popular world of chilli peppers, from growing chilli plants and sampling chilli sauces, to enjoying spicy international street food and watching the chilli eating competition.

But it’s not just all chillies, as visitors can shop for items ranging from hand-painted ceramics to jewellery, garden ironwork to crafted wooden chopping boards. Much of the food available to take home, or enjoy on site, focusses on flavour rather than chilli heat.

The UK Chilli Cook-off Association is running a new weekend-long, one-off national Grand Masters chilli cook-off with reputedly the best chilli teams in the country. Festival visitors can buy a spoon for charity to sample all the entries, but need to be quick as there a limited number of spoons available.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock Festival of 1969, tribute band Creedence Clearwater Review performs on Saturday with classics such as Bad Mood Rising, Proud Mary and Susie Q.

On Sunday, the UK’s tequila rock and boogie band Snake Oil performs with some foot tappin’, knee slappin’ fun. One-man-band Big Joe Bone plays his stomping blues alongside the vintage-army cider tent all weekend, and Pablo and his mariachi band roam the park to make visitors smile.

The ninth Great Dorset Chilli Festival, known for the friendly atmosphere: 10am-5pm Saturday August 3rd and Sunday, August 4.

Well behaved dogs on leads welcome: no camping.

Reduced advanced tickets available online at www.greatdorsetchillifestival.co.uk before noon Monday, July 29.

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