Dutch Chili Fest is the only Dutch festival completely dedicated to the chili pepper. A versatile (vegetable-like) fruit that can set your mouth on fire and tear through you like an inferno, but can also sometimes taste unexpectedly sweet. This tribute to the hot pepper translates into a day filled with spicy food and a variety of entertainment. While professionals and amateurs alike offer their peppery products at the market, there will be competitions to determine who can handle the biggest portion of spiciness, plus cutting edge music and of course an extensive selection of culinary deliciousness.

Herald Coolbergen, founding father of Dutch Chili Fest, came up with the idea for a festival dedicated to the chili pepper while at a rock festival in 2012: “There were hot rods on display and hamburgers for sale. Hot sauce was really the missing element, I decided.” That formed the starting point for Dutch Chili Fest. In just three months the first edition was already a fact. “It soon became clear that many more people were working with chili peppers in their free time or in a professional capacity. I brought those people together.” After 5 successful editions, it is time for Herald to pass the torch to Leo Hoeksema of Bureau Zwaardvis and his wife Laura van de Voort. They where (co-)responsible for events such as Ticket for Tibet in Amsterdam and the Eindhoven festivals Brandend Zand and Versche Vangst. Dutch Chili Fest gives them the chance to combine the love of music and ev with another great passion: food!

This year Dutch Chili Festival is hotter than hot. With an extra outdoor area at the front of the Klokgebouw and an updated program, Dutch Chili Fest is taking it a step further. This year, the spiciest festival in the South is introducing a larger market, a kids' area and a VERS Academy program. With an outside area and two indoor halls, Dutch Chili Fest is ready for every weather scenario.

Dutch Chili Fest is part of the Brabant collaboration VERS (FRESH), taking place in five cities in North Brabant: Breda, Den Bosch, Eindhoven, Helmond and Tilburg. VERS combines serious discussions with culture, education, fun, entertainment, and above all with good food. With the VERS Academy, Dutch Chili Fest is doing its bit to contribute to your food knowledge. We are tackling food issues such as feeding the growing world population, reducing the foodprint, and honest and healthy food.

Dutch Chili Fest is held in the Klokgebouw, the heart of industrial Strijp-S and a stones-throw away from the Strijp-S station.