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.
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
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
Sunday 9th June 2019 at Waterfront Park, Newstead, the whole family will enjoy an array of activities, food and live music at the second annual Briz Chilli Fest.
Many festivals claim that they’re family friendly or say “fun for the whole family” on their flyers, yet then end up being just a great big beer garden, with kids sitting around looking bored or slightly angry, event.
Briz Chilli Fest hosts not one but two jumping castles -one for the kids and one for the adults.
The animal nursery by Amazing Animals to You will enthral the children as will the ponies by Magical Ponies.
Very Krafty will be there with some things for little hands to do, as will Brisbane Art Class run by Katie McErlane.
The Triple S Model Boat Club will be delighting people with their beautiful model water craft on the man-made lake fronting the park.
Motorcycle enthusiasts can cast their eyes over the 20 or so “rides” belonging to the social motorcycle club, Viking Breed.
If hot rods are your thing, Kerry Gray is bringing along his amazing classic hot rod for people to ooh and aah over.
Oh yes, people over 150cm high can hop on the Gladiator Duel inflatable and belt each other with giant foam rods while balancing on a half-ball. Sure to be hilarious after a drink or two!
Yes, the Afterburn Bar will be serving delicious chilli cocktails, chilli beer, chilli coffee and lots more.
And of course there’s lots of delicious food, including chilli specialities.
Cool the tongue with some ice-cream, snow cones, iced tea or juice.
And in between all of that, pull up your picnic rug and relax on the grass, taking in the beautiful Brisbane weather and buzzy vibe in downtown Newstead.
Even the dogs can join in, providing they wear a costume of some sort.
Brisbane, get your chilli on!
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
- Eden Preserves
- Fat Wren Farm
- Cobra Chilli / Mudgeeraba Spices
- Gourmet Excellence
- Dr Welsh’s
- 13 Angry Scorpions
- 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!
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.