Sawtell Chilli Festival

More than 10,000 people will fill the streets of Sawtell, New South Wales for the 2015 Sawtell Chilli Festival. The annual event showcases some of Australia's best chilli producers and local food manufacturers, as well as jewelry, clothing, and other local wares.

The small village of Sawtell is just 10 km south of Coffs Harbour and boasts a diverse choice of designer boutiques and trendy restaurants. The area is full of child-friendly attractions, making it a favourite destination for families. The Chilli Festival is a family-oriented event as well and is sure to become a holiday tradition.


Festival Features

Sawtell has hosted New South Wales' Chilli Festival for 15 years and never fails to please the crowds. Festival goers can enjoy food, music, contests, and kids' activities set up along First Avenue, promising hours of entertainment for everyone. Festival highlights include:


  • Food stalls from local restaurants and caterers
  • Face painting
  • Live music
  • Jumping castles and children's rides
  • Vendors selling clothing, jewelry, and trinkets
  • Educational exhibits
  • Magic shows
  • Chilli growers
  • Chilli sauces, spices, and more


Planning Your Stay

The Chilli Festival is an all-day event, but the Coffs Coast has much more to offer. Whether you have a few days or a full week, this is the perfect time to plan a holiday to Coffs Harbour. Remember to make reservations and other travel arrangements early. This festival attracts many out-of-town guests.


Coffs Harbour has some of NSW's most beautiful holiday rentals. Seaside villas and charming beach cottages offer all the comforts of home along with breathtaking views. Many families prefer the space and privacy of rental homes, especially when they're travelling with other families. From one-bedroom apartments to sprawling eight-bedroom homes, Coffs Harbour holiday rentals are available at many price points. 


There's plenty to see and do around the Coffs Coast area, whether you're a nature lover or a chilli fanatic. Depending on the length of your visit, consider these nearby attractions:


  1. The Dorrigo National Park, featuring a 21-meter high Skywalk above the rainforest canopy (about 68 km west of Coffs Harbour)
  2. Big Banana Theme Park, home of the world's largest inflatable water slide, ice skating, and more
  3. Dive expeditions at Jetty Dive Centre
  4. George's Gold Mine (about 40 km west of Coffs Harbour)


Helicopter tours, horseback riding, and hiking are other popular ways to take in the beauty of Coffs Coast. Be sure to spend a day visiting the shops in Sawtell before your stay is over.


Visiting food vendors at the Chilli Festival are a great way to learn more about some of the area's local restaurants. Both Sawtell and Coffs Harbour have several unique dining options. Stop by Barrels Bistro in Sawtell for gourmet pizza or tapas or create your own African Platter at Zulu's Restaurant and Bar in Coffs Harbour. You'll find Coles, IGA, and other supermarkets throughout Coffs Harbour so you can stock the kitchen in your holiday rental for meals at home.


Whether you come for the weekend of the festival or stay for a whole week, a getaway to Sawtell and Coffs Harbour is always memorable.


Note: All dates & information in the above article were correct as of September 4th 2013

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