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Before Chilli Fest UK (CF.UK) became Chilli Fest UK (POPUP & CF360) it originally started out as a favour to help out a friend who was an event’s co-ordinator for a local council in the south east of England. I was simply asked to put forward a few ideas that would uplift and bring together the community. The idea I proposed (over coffee & cake) was "why not put on a chilli fiesta, I hear they do well". It was during this causal chat I was then asked to come up with the blue print! With no experience in organising any kind of event I agreed and I slowly but surely was able to scramble together a blueprint what was then the start of a long journey that was to become a national chilli phenomena with thousands of followers and visitors every year.
After the successful debut of CF.UK's first chilli fiesta in 2011 the founder of CF.UK started putting together a basic foundation on how the next event will happen only thinking that this debut chilli fest would be the only one, but how wrong the founder was even he did not realise, it was very soon after other councils and districts asked the founder of Chilli Fest UK to do the same thing in there district, which he accepted.
Over the next few years Chilli Fest UK would create through its experiences a set of core objectives and philosophies that would eventually drive the founder towards organising even more chilli fiestas nationwide. Chilli Fest UK's festivals are still mainly and only focused around small cities, towns and villages, being a community driven event's team admission would be free of charge to the public too. Use of the word Fiesta, Festival or Fest in its truest definition and meaning is a gathering of community and people from outside that community coming together in celebration (be it religious or something like a tomato fesitval celebrated in Spain for example) and not charged a entry fee to get in.
A festival is "not" determined by size whether it be 10 people or 1000+ as some may think, but is all about the community coming together, meeting old friends and making new ones, bringing in a harmony and atmosphere of joy, peace and love. Chilli Fest UK takes this approach and follows it, our visitors get to encounter something which is rarely seen in this case a day of chilli mayhem. Our events get compared to other pay to get in chilli events nationwide, but as the founder has always said "I have no intention to create those kinds of events".
This still makes Chilli Fest UK events very different from the rest, one of those differences is that it's all about chilli and nothing else, we won't mix other genres in our events which are not chilli related. People do say why we don't do this, the founder simply replys "People come to Chilli Fest UK events to simply suffer pain". (that's no joke)
What Chilli Fest UK focuses on is on bringing together chilli producers from all over be it they established or start-ups so they can reach new customers and this is important. The independent chilli sector is small and the people who work in this sector are passionate and create excellent chilli products, which can't be found in stores. And these kinds of events Chilli Fest UK organise help these producers in ways we cannot sometimes imagine and it these new customers who become loyal share their experience with their friends and family and they in turn end up buying more products online or attend another Chilli Fest UK event.
Chilli Fest UK, POPUP & Chilli Fest 360 philosophy:
Partnership Working, Community Spirit, Participation, Reciprocity, Knowledge, Equality, Fairness, Honesty, Respect, Dignity, Trust & Love
Chilli Fest UK chilli fiestas are not big or huge by any comparision and it's never been the founder's intention to make them that way. We attract a handful of chilli producers & suppliers, which we believe are the leaders in the chilli industry scene and it works, our events still attract several thousand visitors throughout a day.
The journey or adventure up to now has been a winding one, but totally fun, Chilli Fest UK is always learning from new experiences listening to feedback and changing the plan if things don't go the way the founder wants them to go. All his determination, passion and inspiration comes from one source and that is the support of the people and let's not forget the independent producers too. Without this support Chilli Fest UK, POPUP & Chilli Fest 360 would never exist.
Chilli Fest UK is a non profit events group and that is because the founder himself is a producer of chilli products and understands all too well and deeply what producers have to go through to get people to taste their products and Chilli Fest UK facilitate that by creating this platform for producers to exhibit. CF.UK also work closely by teaming up with small local charities too, it's been the founder's intention to give something back whether it being helping raise money for charity or help local museum raise funds for repairs or even for a church and all around the theme of "a day of chilli mayhem" and it bloody works.
Chilli Fest UK loves bringing the chilli fest to the people's front yard and this will not change, this is because we love it. This is not a journey it is an adventure and the founder does not care how many pot holes are in the road to get the chilli festival to you the people. Some may say the founder of Chilli Fest UK takes his role very seriously, in truth this is not the case, if he did he would need a holiday or a time out, but the founder passionately enjoys doing this while still holding down his own job. This ongoing journey has personally inspired the founder in more ways than the founder of Chilli Fest UK ever explain. But what Chilli Fest UK will stand by is it's philosophies, which have been laid down and will continue to expand its services to the people bringing chilli mayhem right to their door.
Chilli Fest UK do not ask the public for donations, but instead ask the public here in the UK & overseas to support Chilli Fest UK by liking us on Facebook , following us on twitter, sharing our posts and simply spreading the word. Just this action alone on your part inspires Chilli Fest UK to do more and continue to push forward.
Chilli Fest UK, POPUP & Chilli Fest 360
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