UK Chilli Cook-Off Championship Final adds spice to the Powderham Food Festival 2018

This year’s Powderham Food Festival (6-7th October) has revealed it will host the final of the UK Chilli Cook-Off Championship at the popular autumn foodie festival.  With a quest to find the best bowl of chilli in the UK, the competition final is the culmination of months of regional heats. Visitors to the Powderham Food Festival on Saturday 6th Oct will be able to take part in the judging of this red-hot contest and  crown the 2018 UK Chilli Cook-Off Champ. The winning chef will qualify for the World Chilli Championships in Alabama, USA.

The fiery fun continues at the food festival with the Theatre of Fire and Smoke – a real feast of fire for barbeque enthusiasts – with rolling interactive demonstrations from some of the region’s top BBQ cooks.  The Theatre of Fire and Smoke is a hotbed for grilling, barbequing and smoking in just about anything that might resemble an outdoor oven. Returning this year is Festival favourite, Simon ‘womble’ Dyer, a South West farmer who likes to be inventive with barbeques; building them from recycled materials including an old washing machine!

The heat will be on in the Chefs’ Theatre kitchen too, as some of the region’s hottest chefs take to the stage and make their debut at the Powderham Food Festival.   Star of The Hungry Sailors, James Strawbridge will be cooking up a treat alongside broadcaster Judi Spiers, who will be hosting the Chefs’ Theatre across the weekend.

Set against the backdrop of the beautiful Powderham Castle, chef and author, James Strawbridge, will be joined at the two day celebration of South West food and drink by acclaimed patisserie chef Colin Bennett, Ashley Wright, Head Chef at the award winning Horn of Plenty, respected Chef Director at the Ashburton Cookery School, Darrin Hosegrove, award-winning cake bakers and regulars on Channel 4’s Extreme Cake Makers, Phil and Christine Jensen and gut-health expert, Katie Venner from Tracebridge Sourdough and Fermenteria.

Alongside the exciting chef line up, this year’s Festival is set to be bigger and better than ever before with over 170 exhibitors providing all things edible, drinkable and delectable.

Powderham Food Festival, now back for its seventh year, in the grounds of the Earl and Countess of Devon’s home, has established itself as the Autumnal foodie event with a packed programme of food related activities for all the family: take part in the Great Devon Chilli Challenge or watch smokin’ hot demonstrations in the Theatre of Fire and Smoke, hosted by barbeque legends Simon Dyer and John Gower.

Young ones are also well catered for with a chance to get hands on with cooking demonstrations led by the Fun Kitchen, or sit back and enjoy comedian, Dan the Hat.

Devon foodies won’t want to miss out on this opportunity to try exciting street food, discover new artisan products, enjoy live music, shop and learn from the top chefs in the area. With lots under cover, whatever the weather the Festival makes a great day out for all the family.

Tickets are now on sale in advance at an early bird price. Please click here to buy your tickets. 

Adult ticket £9 (£7.50 online)
Under 16 ticket £3 (£2.50 online)
Family ticket (2 adults, up to 3 children) £20 (£17 online) Children under 5 free.