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The 2017 Reading Chilli Festival - Broad Street - Market Place - Town Hall Square

We are delighted to announce that the 2017 Reading Chilli Festival will take place on the 17th June 2017 from 10am to 5pm and will once again be part of Reading CIC’s month long celebration of food “Eat Reading!”


It's now our 3rd year in Reading Town Centre! We are thrilled to be able to offer you another fantastic day out for chilli lovers everywhere! But this year, it's gonna be bigger, better and hotter! than ever!
​ We have stalls and entertainment stretching from Broad Street to Market Place and our famous chilli cook-off will now take over Town Hall Square!!


The cream of the UK chilli industry as well as local artisan companies will be offering a glorious array of products from around the world, from chilli sauces to chutneys, seeds and plants, spices and even chilli beer and cider! With over 40 chilli and non chilli stalls there is sure to be something for everyone!


This year, we will be bringing you some of the best street food in the UK today, from East Asian to South African cuisine, to amazing low and slow BBQ, delicious Mexican, amazing wings and hot dogs and some truly scrumptious vegetarian fare, all located in the main entertainment zone in Market Place.

The main stage in Market Place will once again feature some of the best local bands and artists playing throughout the day for your pleasure, interspersed with the now legendary Man v Food and chilli eating competitions!!  If you wish to take part in any of the challenges please head over to the  Challenges section for more info.


And finally, we are proud to be hosting the 7th Reading Chilli Cook-off! Teams will battle for 4 hours to produce this best chilli con carne or veggie chilli which will be judged by officials from the UK Chilli Cook-off Association. The winner will qualify for the grand final later in the year for a 1st prize of £1000 and entry into the World Chilli Championships in America! For details on how to enter, please head over to the Reading Chilli Cookoff section.


We really look forward to seeing you on the day! This year, the heat is definitely on!!!



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