Chilli Festival set to go extreme

The annual Birmingham Chilli Festival is set to return to Brindleyplace next month, with an extreme twist.

Taking place on Saturday, September 16, there will not only be the annual chilli themed market, but also more nerve-wracking challenges and activities for locals to get involved in.

This year’s festival will feature a 100ft forward-facing abseil from number 4 Brindleyplace to raise funds for one of their 2017 charity partners, Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity. There will also be a rock climbing wall, and the chance to get up close and personal with reptiles.

Eloise Davidson, corporate fundraising manager at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “We’re thrilled to be part of the Chilli Festival this year and can’t wait to see everyone taking on our extreme challenge. Alongside the forward-facing abseil we’ll also be hosting a Teddy Bear’s picnic in Central Square as we prepare to say goodbye to The Big Sleuth bears so there’ll be lots of fun for the whole family.

“Join us in Central Square from 12pm for the Teddy Bear’s picnic and bring along your favourite fluffy friend, find a space on the grass and pick up some food from the chilli market, there’ll also be a treasure hunt taking place from 2pm”.

The popular chilli themed food and drink market will also be taking centre stage at the festival, alongside a whole host of live music and entertainment to enjoy.

Nathan Sanghera, marketing and events executive at Brindleyplace, said: “We wanted to shift gears and take this year’s Chilli Festival to the extreme. People can face their fears, quite literally, head on, whilst raising money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

“It’s a great cause and if you think you can brave it, there are still abseil spaces available. The challenges don’t stop there though, we’ll also have a rock climbing wall in Oozells Square and those looking for something closer to the ground will be able to get up close and personal with a host of reptiles, including a robotic dragon, if they dare.”

The festival will take place between 11am and 7pm on Saturday September 16 in Central Square at Brindleyplace, with some of the market stalls opening a day earlier warming up for the main event.