It’s been a tricky year for event organisers and we at Body and Soul Music and Events are no exception.
As we are also involved in the live music industry, gigs are now seem a distant memory and, like many musicians, our incomes from music were decimated.
Briz Chilli Fest 2020 had to eventually be cancelled, despite waiting as long as possible to see how things would “pan” out with the pandemic.
Our two day Chillogan event scheduled for November at the beautiful Logan River Parklands also became a victim of Covid-restrictions and border closures.
But we are excited to bringing you a pared-down version of our planned two day extravaganza. Chillogan Lite will be held at the Beenleigh Town Square on Saturday 5th December, 2020, much to the delight of Logan residents.
The first Chillogan in 2018 was held at the square and received a great reception for a first-time event.
The square is an easy solution for smaller-scale Chillogan thanks to its great infrastructure – large stage, covered area for the Afterburn Bar, some grassed areas for people to enjoy, toilet facilities and ample power on site for our vendors who need it and want to avoid having to pay a levy for a powered site.
All in all, the site is a godsend for cash-strapped event organisers.
Event organisers motivation for creating Chillogan was to provide an opportunity for local businesses to become suppliers, to take ownership of an event which will continue to grow year by year, and to bring to the sparse event landscape in Logan, a family-friendly event that offers entertainment for all ages, based on the love of the chilli.
Chilli-heads in Logan area already champing at the bit to participate in the five chilli challenges, to stock up on some great artisan chilli products, talk to chilli-growers about how to manage their own plants and to chow down on some creative chilli food creations from our vendors.
Body and Soul Music and Events is again supporting Cystic Fibrosis Queensland with this event, hosting raffles and auctions on the day as well as donating a share of event profits.
The Viking Breed Social Motorcycle Club Brisbane Ipswich Chapter will agian be hosting the Viking for a Day Auction where patrons vie for the chance to ride pillion on the back of a range of great bikes, on festival day, en masse – what a super fun and thrilling opportunity for the closet bike enthusiasts among us.
The event’s Covid-Safe measures include:
- Sani-Scouts roaming the festival offering hand sanitiser to patrons
- Red Chilli Army masks available for purchase at the gates or online with tickets ($1 from each mask goes back to our Covid-devastated Balinese villagers who tailored the masks for us),
- Patrons on site at any one time will be capped at 1000, with a total of 2000 tickets available for purchase.
- A one-way service system at the AfterBurn Bar
- Spacing between stalls to prevent crowding
We are excited to be able to bring a festival to Logan in 2020, and hope to see all the dedicated chilli-heads and their families from 2pm to 9pm on festival day.
Logan! Get your chilli on!
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.
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.
It was very sad to read that the Beenleigh Show had been cancelled in 2020. We all know how much people look forward to their regional agricultural show.
But there’s still Chillogan – Logan’s own chilli festival – to look forward to this November 14 and 15, 2020.
Yes, we’re bucking the trend and GROWING, because we believe everyone wants to celebrate what’s still worth celebrating. Freedom, space to move, families and fun.
Yes, we have a Covid-Safe plan in line with State Government guidelines for events between 500-10000 patrons!
The Logan River Parklands at Beenleigh is our venue for 2020, and we love this place so much, we hope we have found the permanent home for Chillogan.
Lots of room for the kids to run around, different areas to enjoy a variety of activities and our “Sani-Elves” will be roaming the festival offering sani-gel to help keep your hands nice and clean.
Adults $10 Concessions $8 Kids Free (14 and under). Online ticket purchasing reduces contact points on the day and means you swish past the gates with ease. No cash will be accepted at the gate.
Visit the Facebook event page and stay in the loop as we plan in the months ahead.
If competing in chilli challenges is your thing, then head on over to our Challenge page, or straight to the ticketing site to get one of the few challenge spots! Due to social-distancing requirements, we now have only 5 places per challenge instead of 10.
Our second iteration of Chillogan Festival is just around the corner on November 16th at Meadowbrook Golf Club.
As a sole event manager, our CEO Sandra Beynon of Body and Soul Australia – Events and Entertainment – takes pride in knowing I don’t need a committee to get things across the line. “Death by Committee” is definitely not something Sandra wants to know about.
So, when you see the PR pumping out in the last weeks before the festival, spare a thought for all the behind-the-scenes work that gets done, probably 18 hours of every day.
Social media posts don’t happen by themselves, and a lot of thought, time and creative writing goes into making posts that will hopefully excite viewers and elicit a ticket-buying response or at least a commitment to attend on the day. It takes time, focus and a lot of energy to ensure that supporters and stakeholders are recognised. Here is just a sample of who’s involved at Chillogan 2019.
This year’s festival is supporting Logan-based charity YFS which provides essential services to so many in the Logan area who are marginalised, disadvantaged of struggling to cope in a variety of ways.
Viking Breed Social Motorcycle Club, headed by Mark “Rabbit” Pritchard, president of Brisbane/Ipswich Chapter, will again be lending their support to fundraising on the day through their “Viking for a Day” pillion ride auctions, as well as helping Miss Chillogan raise money through the “Hug a Chilli” fun promotion throughout the day. Raffle tickets will also be sold.
Live entertainment on the day is by Sean Mullen who is an international-standard artist with a penchant for Joe Satriani’shttp://www.thesatrianitribute.com.au immensely difficult music. His show will astound listeners and be a great backdrop to the sunset at Meadowbrook Golf Club.
Young jazz outfit, Philip John Trio, will be setting some great grooves and Lobeau, the Logan-Beaudesert Country Music Club’s five piece band, will open the festivities with some great country rock vibes.
Phil North of Burning Bites Down Under will this year be co-hosting some of the 6 chilli challenges set to entertain the audience throughout the festival.
Stalwarts like Australian Extreme Chilli Condiments’ Rob Dunn will be in Hellfire Alley to show off their huge range of award-winning artisan sauces and rubs.
Firing Line Gourmet Chillis is undoubtedly one of South-East Queensland’s best proponents of low-slow meat cooking and smoking. Don’t miss their stall as they sell out fast!
If it’s a little Mexican food you’re after, word is that Juan at the Carlos Tacos stall may have some much-loved Jalapeno Poppers on offer throughout the day. These little food items are in high demand so hot-foot it over to their stall.
If honey is your thing, go and visit the Australian Agrifutures Rural Women’s Award finalist Natasha Roebig and husband Jason at the Bee All Natural Honey stall. So many yummy ways to eat honey and even a diabolically hot 3 Stings chilli honey for the very, very brave (and you need to sign a waiver!).
There’s so much more to see and do than we can tell you here, so head on over to the Facebook event page and stay in the loop and have all the latest info at your fingertips.
Yes, of course there’s always something to do in Logan if you look hard enough.
Not only is this region peppered with beautiful open spaces and parkland, it now has its very own chilli festival – Chillogan – this year happening at the breezy Meadowbrook Golf Club..
On Saturday 16th November 2019 Chillogan will kick off once the hottest part of the day is done, at 3pm, and a program of back-to-back events including:
- 6 chilli challenges
- 1 fun kids’ watermelon-eating challenge
- 3 dance groups including the Blue Porcelain Dancers courtesy of North Brisbane Chinese Association and Carl Wu, the Bhangra United Dance Group, and the BADance academy
- Roaming fun mexican wrestlers
- Viking Breed Social Motorcycle Club
- Brisbane Commodore Car Club
- VIP Dog Training with Maree Field – Agility Display
- Best Costume Award
- Cutest Chilli Kid Award
- Chilli Dog Mascot Award
And speaking of the 6 challenges……one of the more interesting ones is Adrian Zocaro’s (Firing Line Gourmet Chilli) new “Candy from Hell” Challenge which kicks off at 6.15pm, bumping the Flaming Wings Challenge. Find out more at the dedicated Facebook event page here.
Adrian has lovingly created a colourful collection of diabolical little gummy drops, in all colours, sneakily belying their heat level, leaving the challengers to find this out as they chew their way to the victory line.
The event will be MC’d by Phil North of Burning Bites Down Under so it’s sure to be a fun segment.
To register for the Candy from Hell cha
llenge or any of the other challenges on festival day, please visit our Humanitix registration page.
Adrian is better known for his amazing, low, slow-cooked meats (and vegetables) and is a very popular destination for meat-lovers at any festival which features his beloved cooker. Chillogan 2019 will be no exception and Adrian has prepared some great surprises for his regular customers and will be ready to wow his new customers with his melt-in-the-mouth offerings.
Hellfire Alley will feature some of Australia’s finest artisan chilli product makers ready to test your mettle with their wares.
The Afterburn Bar will cool your tongue with some great beverages, including chilli beer and chilli cocktails and mocktails.
The kids can amuse themselves with two jumping castles, pony rides and an animal nursery.
And for those who like to learn new things, pop along to Adrian Zocaro’s workshop on smoked meats (brought to you by Firing Line Gourmet Chilli). Then learn about bees, honey and all things apiary with Tash and Jason Roebig of Bee All Natural Bee-keeping.
The 7 hours of fun, excitement and relaxation will fly by and before you know it you’ll be heading home with a bag full of chilli goodies, a stomach full of delicious food (chilli and non-chilli), some worn out but happy kids and a greater appreciation of those brave challengers who take to the stage to test their endurance in one of our 6 six challenges.
Logan! Get your chilli on!
Tickets on sale now – save time in the queue and buy online – don’t print out your tickets!
What is it about the chilli fruit that evokes such emotion, passion and excitement?
Judging by the success of Briz Chilli Fest in June, at Newstead, and the increased anticipation for Logan’s very own chilli festival to be held on Saturday 16th November, 2019, at Meadowbrook Golf Club, the heat is on, and it’s contagious.
Organiser Sandra Beynon of Body and Soul Australia Events and Entertainment knows how to bring the best out of people at her events.
By collaborating with some of Australia’s finest chilli product makers, such as Rob Dunn of Australian Extreme Chilli Condiments, Sandra is able to tap into how the minds of the so-called “chilli-heads’ work.
Logan City Council has been besieged by scandal with its major and now 8 councillors have been charged with fraud by the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission in relation to a detriment suffered by the former CEO of the Council.
Add to that the unfortunate label of “Logan Bogan” and you have a recipe for low morale in the area.
As anyone who has ever done business in the area or knows people who live in Logan know, it’s not fair to tar everyone with the same brush. This is a region that, now more than ever, needs events in its midst which bolster its image, enhance its citizens’ enjoyment of their own city and give businesses and community groups the opportunity to shine.
Chillogan is now in its second year and, by engaging with a local business such as Meadowbrook Golf Club, hopes to grow its brand to become the city’s most anticipated festival in the annual events calendar.
For a one-woman organisation, this is a big job, but none is better equipped to take on such a mission as Ms Beynon, who now has two Briz Chilli Fests and two Bulimba (rebranding to Brisbane) Uke Fests under belt and who has been organising events since 1991.
A consummate performer and PR professional, Ms Beynon is well-equipped not only to organise but also to publicist and perform as MC at her events. If she really wanted to, she could even perform as the professional singer that she is, but she chooses to draw the line somewhere.
“I can’t do everything. I have to have time to oversee my festivals without the pressure of performing during the event. Luckily, I have no shortage of great performers to call on to take over that mantle,” said Beynon.
Chilli festivals pop up here and there all over the Australian landscape and seem to incite the sort of excitement and anticipation as one would imagine is associated with an equal mix of pleasure and vicarious pain (and some would say sadistic voyeurism).
Chillogan and Briz Chilli Fest feature a jam-packed program of community engagement, dance, live music, spicy challenges, kids entertainment, an aptly-named AfterBurn Bar and a scary-sounding Hellfire Alley,
“We’re really excited to be hosting Chillogan this year. It’s a great boost for the Club in that we can demonstrate that we are more in the community than just somewhere to have a round of golf, ” said general manager, Steven Linskey.
And what a glorious spot Meadowbrook Golf Club is. With sprawling grounds and plenty of room for car parking, and easterly breezes, it’s no wonder that Ms Beynon has chosen this venue for her second iteration of Chillogan.
“I believe Logan deserves more than just Eats and Beats. It deserves its very own festival and that is what I am here to achieve, “said Beynon.
Tickets are available through Humanitix, which donates its booking fees to a charity of your choice. For Chillogan, this will be nutrition for Aussie schoolkids.
The festival also supports Logan-based charity YFS which provides essential services to disadvantaged individuals and families, by donating 10% of its net profits, plus all proceeds from raffles and auctions on the day.
Find out more about Chillogan at the website.
Chillogan Festival takes place Saturday 16th November, 2019 from 3-10pm at Meadowbrook Golf Club.