It was a Hot! Hot! Hot! weekend

What a weekend! The 20th Anniversary Chilli Fiesta at West Dean Gardens was a resounding success. A record-breaking, bumper 25,000 people came to listen to the fabulous live bands on the main stage, sample lots of chilli foods, enjoy a beer or two and camp for the weekend with family and friends.

Levi Roots and his 14-piece band were brilliant and had everyone on their feet dancing. And so did the lovely Brendan Cole accompanied by professional dancers Crystal Main and Patrick Helm.

As night fell the stage was lit up by The Fontanas and many other hot bands… and a good time was had by all.

Postscript: Chilli Fiesta was awarded Hospitality Hero of the Year by Sussex Life and a Tourism Event of the Year, Beautiful South

Heat in the kitchen

Levi also cooked up some of his favourite Caribbean dishes in the Cookery Theatre alongside Chichester cook Rosemary Moon. Our very own Shaun the Kitchen Gardener took groups of gardening fans around the Kitchen Gardens, thanks Shaun!

All in all a perfect weekend. See you next year!