Logan gears up for its annual Chilli Festival!

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!

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.