Always a pleasant culinary fixture in the year, the West Dean Chilli Fiesta needs to be done at least once if you live in Portsmouth. Chilli sauce, food, music and stunning scenery galore. However this year I couldn’t help but notice that there were less chilli orientated food stands and more retail stands. Many of them having pretty tenuous links to chillis (did I see handbags?). When you see more burritos and burgers rather than jerk chicken and curry alarm bells start to ring. Not sure of herding all the food stands around the music stage is great idea either, it makes the queues pretty interminable. And the ticket prices are becoming a bit much guys, £14 to get in on Saturday? I wouldn’t mind if there were a greater selection of food but unfortunately it seems to be going the other way. Still, must stop being a negative norman, the chilli fiesta is still well worth checking out, if for the gardens alone.
Great to see the boys of Staggeringly Good there too!