A Halloween Briz Chilli Fest for 2021

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any hotter, Briz Chilli Fest will be taking things to the next level in 2021.

The festival is moving to coincide each year with Halloween and in doing so will create one of Brisbane’s most fun family events!

Hot as Hades!  Spicy and Spooky!  Ghost Peppers and Ghouls – the fun of combining Halloween with Hotness is something that

Halloween Briz Chilli Fest2

Body and Soul Australia Music and Events is taking on with gusto.

Patrons will of course be encouraged to dress in Halloween costume to be in the running for prizes for different categories.   Including a chilli-aspect in the costume will get extra points from  judges.

Skulls, flames, grim reapers – they are all images which abundantly adorn the chilli industry marketing landscape – and now they will have found a home at Halloween Briz Chilli Fest!

“We had to move the festival from its usual June date because of Covid uncertainty, and then we decided to place the Gold Coast Cheese Chilli & Chocolate Festival in that time-frame instead, so we had to move Briz Chilli Fest,” said organiser, Scarlett Habanero.

Looking at the calendar, October seemed a good time and then we realised that Halloween was in that month. What a great way to bring families together for an even more fun event in Brisbane,” she said.

The event is currently finalising a new venue to allow for more space to do a broader range of activities for children and adults alike, so stay posted by following the Facebook page.

It may even be a two-day event, given that Halloween is on Sunday 31st October in 2021, so a super-spooky night-time event on Saturday 30th October and an event more suitable for very young children on Halloween Sunday, 31st October, is in the planning.

Be prepared for a super-fun event that will become a much-anticipated date in the Brisbane events calendar.

“We are going to have so much fun planning Halloween Briz Chilli Fest ; just bursting at the seams with ideas and excitement,” said Habanero.

 

Briz Chilli Fest and Chillogan Festival organiser nominated for fund-raising award.

Organiser of Briz Chilli Fest, Chillogan Festival and the new Gold Coast Cheese  Chilli and Chocolate Festival, Sandra Beynon, was delighted to hear of her recent nomination for a Cystic Fibrosis Queensland Diamond Award for fundraising. 

Ms Beynon’s festivals donate 10% of nett profits to Cystic Fibrosis Queensland as well as hosting fund-raising activities during the course of the festival.

Brisbane Chilli Festival
Waterfront Park Newstead is hotting up for this chilli festival!
Viking Breed Social Motorcycle Club
Chillogan Chilli Festival

One very popular fundraiser is the Viking for a Day Pillion Ride Auction by Viking Breed Social Motorcycle Club Brisbane Ipswich chapter.

“It’s a great day and we love getting amongst the people and showing our rides, and seeing the absolute delight on the faces of the people who win the charity auction to hop on the selected bikes and have a ride with all of us mob,” said Mark Pritchard, spokesperson for the club.

“I’m so lucky to have the support of the boys from Viking Breed.  They are well-known for their charitable pursuits and when I approached them through a friend, they were right there with me for my very first festival in 2018 at the Bulimba Golf Club,” said Ms Beynon

Earlier this month,  Ms Beynon had to take the touch decision to cancel Briz Chilli Fest and Chillogan Festival for 2020 due to Covid-19 making it impossible to predict a successful outcome.

“I really feel for charities at the moment with all their annual fund-raisers not going ahead, and things just being so hard for them to get much-needed funds to continue their valuable work,” she said.

I am really hoping that 2021 will be a better, more predictable year for festival organisers so that I can continue to support Cystic Fibrosis Queensland.

As an asthmatic, the cause touched me because I can imagine what it’s like to suffer every day of one’s life with a disease as debilitating and insidious as Cystic Fibrosis.   When I heard some of the speakers at one of their charity balls a few years ago, it spurred me on to try and help where I could.

I feel so sad that I am not able to donate much this year, but just last week I held a very small Ekka at Home event at my house and some neighbours and friends popped by and ate home-cooked Dagwood Dogs, Strawberry Sundaes, played some fun home-spun games in Side-show Alley, drank some Ekkapolitan cocktails at my bar – all via donation.  We raised $250.00.  Not a lot, but it’s something.  And if more people could do small things, it would all add up to enough to help fill the void in fund-raising that is currently being experienced by charities like Cystic Fibrosis Queensland.

I am hopeful that my last festival Gold Coast Cheese Chilli and Chocolate Festival will go ahead in early December 2020, but even if it too has to be cancelled, I will have laid the foundation for a fabulous event in 2021.

I am humbled by the nomination and look forward to meeting some of the other nominees at the Diamond Jubilee Cocktail Party award evening in March 202 1 at the beautiful Greek Club in South Brisbane.

 

Eco-Friendly Festivals – Briz Chilli Fest

Ways to reduce plastic waste

Recently I visited a festival in inner-Brisbane and noticed bins overflowing with plastic cups and paper cups.  This was a general waste bin.

Throughout the festival there were recycling bins but no thought had gone into ensuring that the bins were paired so that people could separate their waste.

The result – recyclables going into landfill.

Body and Soul Australia Events and Entertainment has from its first festival in 2017 aimed at reducing waste. From something as simple as banning the straw, or disallowing the sale of plastic bottles, small ideas take growth and become the norm.

Briz Chilli Fest is encouraging patrons not to print out tickets, to bring their own cutlery and cup, re-usable bags, water bottle and to bring a blanket to sit on.

Our sponsor The Greek Club and its flagship restaurant Nostimo are offering the chance to win a $200 dining voucher just by showing us your non-plastic cutlery at the gate!  Get some Greek on your Fork!

We will be using recyclable cups for beer service at this year’s festival, but for future festivals we will aim to purchase bio-degradable drinkware.

Of course there will be segregated waste bins  also being emptied into segregated skip bins.

It is encumbent upon anybody organising large events to ensure they make minimal impact on the environment wherever practicable.  It sometimes isn’t easy, but as time goes on, we will find ways of minimising plastic use and waste.

Tickets for Briz Chilli Fest are now on sale:  https://events.humanitix.com.au/briz-chilli-fest-2019

 

The heat is on for Brisbane’s second chilli festival at Newstead.

Brisbane Chilli Festival

Brisbane, are you ready to get your chilli on?

On Sunday 9th June 2019 at WAterfront Park Newstead, chilli-heads and all-round fun-lovers will revel in the packed program that makes up Briz Chilli Fest.

Not only is this festival family-friendly, it’s also dog-friendly, provided your pooch wears something red or chilli-themed when fronting up at the ticket gate with its parents.

Body and Soul Australia Events and Entertainment prides itself on engaging as many community groups and clubs as possible in its events, and this festival is no exception.

Bhangra Dance Group, the North Brisbane Chinese Association Porcelain Dancers, BAD Dance Company, Triple S Model Boat Club, Viking Breed Social Motorcycle Club are all joining in to help make this day one of diverse cultural inclusion.

Save time at the gate and grab your ticket online at:  https://events.humanitix.com.au/briz-chilli-fest-2019

North Brisbane Chinese Association
Blue Porcelain Dancers

 

 

Things to do in Brisbane – how about Briz Chilli Fest?

Sunday 9th June is the day Hellfire Alley comes to life at Briz Chilli Fest.

A collection of over 20 chilli condiment producers will meet up, exchange ideas and chew the “chilli fat”.

These people are so passionate about what they do – grow, pick, dry, pulverise, cook, pickle, ferment, mash – whatever it takes to produce something amazingly tasty and hopefully unique.

Included in Hellfire Alley are:

  • Australian Extreme Chilli Condiments
  • Fenglehorn Chilli
  • Wiltshire Chilli Farm
  • The Chilli Effect
  • Chinchilli
  • Eden Preserves
  • Fat Wren Farm
  • Cobra Chilli / Mudgeeraba Spices
  • Gourmet Excellence
  • Dr Welsh’s
  • 13 Angry Scorpions
  • Sabarac
  • Scorpios BBQ Sauces
  • Bee All Natural Organic Honey
  • Seed to Salad
  • Mallory’s Tocino Jerky
  • Firing Line Gourmet Chilli
  • Hart Growing

Come along and check them all out!

 

Chilli Eating Competitions – what’s the motivation

Briz Chilli Fest

Brisbane’s one and only chilli festival, Briz Chilli Fest, is happening again on Sunday 9th June 2019 at Waterfront Park, Newstead.

Included in the program are 6 eye-watering chilli challenges.

Australian Extreme Chilli Condiments’ Rob Dunn will host “Great Balls of Fire” – a clutch of nasty meatballs set to test the best.

Firing Line Gourmet Chilli will be cooking up a searingly hot batch of Flaming Wings with an extra touch of volcanic heat, thanks to Adrian Zocaro.

Mobile Pizza will be firing up the ovens to create some diabolically hot Pyro Pizzas with sauce by Rob Dunn of Australian Extreme Chilli Condiments.

Brisbane horticulturist and competitive chilli-eater, Hedz Kwan, will be concocting a scarily hot mountain of Napalm Noodles for his challenge.

Get ready to yell as loud as you can in the Tequila Sip n Shout competition – this always sorts out the mice from the men (or women).

Finally, the most daring of competitors will enter the Fiery Pod Challenge hosted by Rob Webb of The Chilli Market Place.   Starting out with jalapeno peppers and ending up with chilli extract, this competition is not for the faint-hearted.

If you are a lover of chilli, or just love to be entertained by people doing crazy things, come along to the festival which kicks off at 11am.

Tickets are available online to save time at the gate.   https://events.humanitix.com.au/briz-chilli-fest-2019

Brisbane! Get your chilli on!

Brisbane is heating up again for its one and only Chilli Fest – Briz Chilli Fest

Brisbane Chilli Festival
Waterfront Park Newstead is hotting up for this chilli festival!

Waterfront Park at Newstead will come alive with spice and excitement on Sunday 9th June 2019 for the second annual Briz Chilli Fest.

Run by Body and Soul Australia Music and Events and supported by Brisbane City Council, this fun family and pet-friendly event is sure to get the blood pumping for those keen chilli-heads who cannot resist a little Scoville challenge.

Featuring Hellfire Alley with over 20 chilli product vendors to tantalise your tastebuds, the festival is heaven for those who cannot live without the spice of life.

Communities like India, Korea, Malaysia, China, Africa and Latin America have long adored chillies and could not imagine their food without it, but we Aussies are taking up the bandwagon too with chilli festivals growing in popularity all over Australia.

Briz Chilli Fest is the only festival conducted in Brisbane and attracts the young and old to enjoy a day of fun in the outdoors while indulging in anything from chilli donuts to choc chilli martinis at the AfterBurn Bar.

For the kids, we have a junior obstacle course jumping castle, pony rides, animal nursery and craft activities.

For the big kids, there’s also a Gladiator Duel jumping castle challenge!

The Triple S Model Boat Club will be showing off their members’ watercraft on the lake fronting the park, so that will be a delightful sight to see.

On Centre Stage, watch in awe as brave challengers take on any one of 6 chilli eating challenges!  Great Balls of Fire, Pyro Pizza, Flaming Wings, Napalm Noodles, Tequila Sip n Shout – with $100 cash, a trophy and glory at stake, the competition will be tough.

Tickets can be purchased online via Humanitix, or at the gate on the day.

The event supports Cystic Fibrosis Queensland through donating 10% of profits plus running raffles on the day.

The big-hearted fellas from Viking Breed Social Motorcycle Club will be conducting an auction on the day for one of several chances to go out on a pillion ride during the course of the festival.

There’s lots more, but we’ll leave that for another day.

Brisbane, it’s time to get your chilli on!

Brisbane's Chilli Festival
Brisbane's Chilli Festival
Briz Chilli Fest

Brisbane’s one and only chilli festival is all set to heat up Waterfront Park, Newstead on Sunday 9th June from 11am to 6pm.

The festival is in its second year and once again supports Cystic Fibrosis Queensland in its fundraising and awareness campaigns.

Featuring “Hellfire Alley” with over 15 of Australia’s best chilli producers offering their wares to try and buy, the festival also hosts general market stalls and a jam-packed program of chilli-eating competitions.

10 contestants will vie to be the champion in each of these challenges:

Great Balls of Fire, Napalm Noodles, Pyro Pizza, Tequila Sip n Shout, Flaming Wings and the nightmarish Fiery Pod Competition.

Jumping castle, animal nursery farm, craft activities and lots of grass to run around on will keep the young ones amused, and parents relaxed.

Sean Mullen plays Satriani
Sean Mullen is an Australian guitarist with serious chops.

Live music includes the fabulous Satriani Tribute Show with super-technician Sean Mullen flying across the fretboard.

Philip John Guitar
Dutch-Australian guitarist, Philip John.

Philip John Trio opens the festival with some cool jazz grooves.

Missy Vader duo pumps out some cool hits with sultry songstress, Sandra Beynon, at the helm.

Missy Vader and the Dark Force
Sean Mullen, Sandra Beynon and Philip John make up this unique trio playing great classic rock and pop hits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fundraising for Cystic Fibrosis
Viking Breed Social Motorcycle Club

The big-hearted boys from Viking Breed Social Motorcycle Club will one again put their combined weight behind fund-raising for Cystic Fibrosis Queensland as they auction off multiple chances to be “Viking for a Day” by riding pillion with the whole group during the course of the festival.

Visit the festival website www.brizchillifest.com.au for more information.

Find Briz Chilli Fest on Facebook :  http://www.facebook.com/brizchillifest  and also on Instagram @BrizChilliFest.