Briz Chilli Fest and Chillogan Festival organiser nominated for fund-raising award.

Organiser of Briz Chilli Fest, Chillogan Festival and the new Gold Coast Cheese  Chilli and Chocolate Festival, Sandra Beynon, was delighted to hear of her recent nomination for a Cystic Fibrosis Queensland Diamond Award for fundraising. 

Ms Beynon’s festivals donate 10% of nett profits to Cystic Fibrosis Queensland as well as hosting fund-raising activities during the course of the festival.

Brisbane Chilli Festival
Waterfront Park Newstead is hotting up for this chilli festival!
Viking Breed Social Motorcycle Club
Chillogan Chilli Festival

One very popular fundraiser is the Viking for a Day Pillion Ride Auction by Viking Breed Social Motorcycle Club Brisbane Ipswich chapter.

“It’s a great day and we love getting amongst the people and showing our rides, and seeing the absolute delight on the faces of the people who win the charity auction to hop on the selected bikes and have a ride with all of us mob,” said Mark Pritchard, spokesperson for the club.

“I’m so lucky to have the support of the boys from Viking Breed.  They are well-known for their charitable pursuits and when I approached them through a friend, they were right there with me for my very first festival in 2018 at the Bulimba Golf Club,” said Ms Beynon

Earlier this month,  Ms Beynon had to take the touch decision to cancel Briz Chilli Fest and Chillogan Festival for 2020 due to Covid-19 making it impossible to predict a successful outcome.

“I really feel for charities at the moment with all their annual fund-raisers not going ahead, and things just being so hard for them to get much-needed funds to continue their valuable work,” she said.

I am really hoping that 2021 will be a better, more predictable year for festival organisers so that I can continue to support Cystic Fibrosis Queensland.

As an asthmatic, the cause touched me because I can imagine what it’s like to suffer every day of one’s life with a disease as debilitating and insidious as Cystic Fibrosis.   When I heard some of the speakers at one of their charity balls a few years ago, it spurred me on to try and help where I could.

I feel so sad that I am not able to donate much this year, but just last week I held a very small Ekka at Home event at my house and some neighbours and friends popped by and ate home-cooked Dagwood Dogs, Strawberry Sundaes, played some fun home-spun games in Side-show Alley, drank some Ekkapolitan cocktails at my bar – all via donation.  We raised $250.00.  Not a lot, but it’s something.  And if more people could do small things, it would all add up to enough to help fill the void in fund-raising that is currently being experienced by charities like Cystic Fibrosis Queensland.

I am hopeful that my last festival Gold Coast Cheese Chilli and Chocolate Festival will go ahead in early December 2020, but even if it too has to be cancelled, I will have laid the foundation for a fabulous event in 2021.

I am humbled by the nomination and look forward to meeting some of the other nominees at the Diamond Jubilee Cocktail Party award evening in March 202 1 at the beautiful Greek Club in South Brisbane.

 

Chillogan Festival – Logan’s own festival celebrating chilli and lots more!

It was very sad to read that the Beenleigh Show had been cancelled in 2020.  We all know how much people look forward to their regional agricultural show.

But there’s still Chillogan – Logan’s own chilli festival – to look forward to this November 14 and 15, 2020.

Logo Chillogan Festival
Chillogan Chilli Festival

Brought to you by the organisers of Briz Chilli Fest, and the Gold Coast Cheese Chilli & Chocolate Festival, visitors are sure to have a great experience.

Yes, we’re bucking the trend and GROWING, because we believe everyone wants to celebrate what’s still worth celebrating.  Freedom, space to move, families and fun.

Yes, we have a Covid-Safe plan in line with State Government  guidelines for events between 500-10000 patrons!

The Logan River Parklands at Beenleigh is our venue for 2020, and we love this place so much, we hope we have found the permanent home for Chillogan.

Logan River Reserve Parklands at Beenleigh.

Lots of room for the kids to run around, different areas to enjoy a variety of activities and our “Sani-Elves” will be roaming the festival offering sani-gel to help keep your hands nice and clean.

Prices:

Adults $10 Concessions $8  Kids Free (14 and under).   Online ticket purchasing reduces contact points on the day and means you swish past the gates with ease.  No cash will be accepted at the gate.

Visit the Facebook event page and stay in the loop as we plan in the months ahead. 

Try your luck (and be brave) and enter one of the 6 challenges.
Chillogan chilli eating challenges

If competing in chilli challenges is your thing, then head on over to our Challenge page, or straight to the ticketing site to get one of the few challenge spots!  Due to social-distancing requirements, we now have only 5 places per challenge instead of 10.

Gold Coast Cheese Chilli & Chocolate Festival – South-East Queensland’s newest food festival!

Who doesn’t love a cute mascot?  And they don’t come much cuter than ChiChi our golden mouse.  He’s a serious foodie as you can see.  Spicy, creamy or chocolatey – he’s into it.

Huge thanks to Zac MacDonald  Digital Photography and Digital Media for producing the animated logo as well!

Gold Coast Cheese Chilli & Chocolate Festival
ChiChi the Gold Mouse

And that’s just what our patrons can expect on Saturday 5th December 2020 at our soon-to-be-announced venue at Nerang.    Rest assured it’s a destination venue with grass, giant trees, lots of room for the kids to run around and just the perfect location for this new festival. 

 

 

 

We are looking for vendors to populate Hellfire Alley, the Cheese and Chocolate Gallery, and some market stalls just for people to have a bit of shopping time.

Brought to you by the organisers of Briz Chili Fest, Chillogan Chilli Festival and Jazz and Koalas Magnetic Island, we know it’s going to be a great day.

If you’d like to participate, drop us a line at info@goldcoastcccfest.com.au or visit the website  where you’ll find the online application form. 

We are again supporting Cystic Fibrosis Queensland, our partner charity.

Cystic Fibrosis Queensland
Partner charity for Briz Chilli Fest, Chillogan Festival and Gold Coast Cheese Chilli & Chocolate Festival.

 

THE DECLINE AND THE INCLINE – where will Covid19 take musicians from here.

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When the music industry skews your mental health.

Like many musicians and artists, my livelihood was annihilated once venues were closed.  About $7000 worth of bookings just gone up in smoke.  And we all know how hard it is to secure bookings in the first place – just sheer determination, terrier-like commitment to following-up inquiries, negotiating fees etc.  So, it’s just heartbreaking to have this happen to an already struggling industry and its cohort of gig-hungry musicians in a venue-starved environment

So few good gigs, so few well-paying gigs, so many great musicians not playing as much as they should be, and then there’s the young musicians just struggling to make a start, with stars in their eyes, and nobody willing to pay them more than a bowl of nachos in some cases.

We are an industry already on the brink of extinction.  So will post-COVID19 be better, or worse?  Will it be a nice ride, or a heavy incline back up to where we were before.

The website I Lost My Gig has collated the massive cost of lost gigs during COVID19 – it’s already gone past a staggering $340 million!

i believe that unscrupulous venues will use COVID19 as an excuse to pay musicians even less than the paltry fees they were already earning.  ‘We lost so much money, we can’t afford to pay musicians much until we get back on our feet,” that’s the kind of discussion I fear may happen once venues open up again.

Reputable, large and gambling-based venues will hopefully maintain their high standards when it comes to paying musicians – venues like Twin Towns Resorts, Kedron-Wavell Services Club and the likes.  Great clubs, great supporters of live music and giving back to the community.  Great clubs where Body and Soul Duo, Trio and Missy Vader and the Dark Force have enjoyed being on stage, treated professionally and paid properly.

Brisbane live music
Queensland’s premier duo specialising In functions and anything else that needs great music!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sandra Beynon Vocalist, Sean Mullen Guitar

Brisbane-based 4 piece band kicking arse with 70s and 80s classic rock.
It’s the smaller, less financial and/or less reputable and more exploitative venues that I worry about.  The venues that already host nights where 5 bands play for $5 entry and young, vulnerable and naive musicians get paid in drinks and, maybe, the said bowl of nachos.  Will it devolve to “pay to play”, openly and without any pretence of wages of any kind?

We all know that these venues will need live music to bring back the “zing” after the desolation we have encountered with lockdown.   But just how much will they be prepared to pay for that “zing”.   Will they have any budget for the zing?  Or will the musicians again become the whipping-boy/girl for an ailing hospitality industry?

Am I being too hopeful to believe that the arts will be more appreciated after the extended closure of venues; will people more keenly appreciate music and what it brought to their lives, or will venues continue with the solo artist playing in the back corner of the back bar, being dwarfed by screens and relegated to “background noise” in a crowded bar?

As someone who cut their musical teeth in a 7 piece band in the 80s, I’d dearly like to see that same opportunity extended to the young, emerging artists and bands today.  And that they be paid!   Can we switch off the big screens and focus on the artists?  Can we pay them a decent hourly rate and appreciate how much joy they (usually) bring to an audience?

My hope and prayer for our troubled industry is that each musician stand their ground and refuse to swallow the “we can’t afford to pay you” line if it comes their way.  For in doing so, we stand together and can hopefully improve the music industry from the struggling thing that it has been, to a new, freshly-blossomed industry that has learned to appreciate its water before the well runs dry.

I wish all venues the best of luck in picking up the pieces after the enforced closures, and that they can grow from the experience.

I wish all musicians good luck in re-establishing themselves in the industry, and in holding their ground when it comes to pay and conditions.

Now is a time for a fresh start.  Let’s not waste it.

Time to celebrate with live music at Diggers

Who said the end of the year was about being worn out and jaded after slogging it out for the boss?

On Saturday 30th November, popular club musicians Body and Soul Trio featuring Sandra Beynon (vocals) Sean Mullen (guitar) and Phil J (percussion) will be pumping out the dance grooves in the Bravo Bar once again.    This band has the best cross-genre and intergenerational repertoire of any band in SEQ, and you won’t be disappointed by what you hear.

Come on! Dust off your glad rags and welcome in the silly season at Diggers.

Event Management – the grind behind the glamour.

Our second iteration of Chillogan Festival is just around the corner on November 16th at Meadowbrook Golf Club.

Logan! Get your Chilli on!
Enjoy the head at Chillogan Festival

As a sole event manager, our CEO Sandra Beynon of Body and Soul Australia – Events and Entertainment – takes pride in knowing I don’t need a committee to get things across the line.  “Death by Committee” is definitely not something Sandra wants to know about.

So, when you see the PR pumping out in the last weeks before the festival, spare a thought for all the behind-the-scenes work that gets done, probably 18 hours of every day.

Social media posts don’t happen by themselves, and a lot of thought, time and creative writing goes into making posts that will hopefully excite viewers and elicit a ticket-buying response or at least a commitment to attend on the day.  It takes time, focus and a lot of energy to ensure that supporters and stakeholders are recognised.    Here is just a sample of who’s involved at Chillogan 2019.

Chillogan Festival supporting YFS
Logan-based charity YFS

This year’s festival is supporting Logan-based charity YFS which provides essential services to so many in the Logan area who are marginalised, disadvantaged of struggling to cope in a variety of ways.

 

 

Viking Breed Social Motorcycle Club, headed by Mark “Rabbit” Pritchard, president of Brisbane/Ipswich Chapter, will again be lending their support to fundraising on the day through their “Viking for a Day” pillion ride auctions, as well as helping Miss Chillogan raise money through the “Hug a Chilli” fun promotion throughout the day.   Raffle tickets will also be sold.

Viking for a Day charity auction
Viking Breed Social Motorcycle Club

Live entertainment on the day is by Sean Mullen who is an international-standard artist with a penchant for Joe Satriani’shttp://www.thesatrianitribute.com.au immensely difficult music.  His show will astound listeners and be a great backdrop to the sunset at Meadowbrook Golf Club.

Young jazz outfit, Philip John Trio, will be setting some great grooves and Lobeau, the Logan-Beaudesert Country Music Club’s five piece band, will open the festivities with some great country rock vibes.

Phil North heads up Burning Bites Down Under

Phil North of Burning Bites Down Under will this year be co-hosting some of the 6 chilli challenges set to entertain the audience throughout the festival.

 

 

 

 

Award-winning artisan chilli products
Rob Donn heads up Australian Extreme Chilli Condiments

Stalwarts like Australian Extreme Chilli Condiments’ Rob Dunn will be in Hellfire Alley to show off their huge range of award-winning artisan sauces and rubs.

Firing Line Gourmet Chillis is undoubtedly one of South-East Queensland’s best proponents of low-slow meat cooking and smoking.  Don’t miss their stall as they sell out fast!

If it’s a little Mexican food you’re after, word is that Juan at the Carlos Tacos stall may have some much-loved Jalapeno Poppers on offer throughout the day.   These little food items are in high demand so hot-foot it over to their stall.

If honey is your thing, go and visit the  Australian Agrifutures Rural Women’s Award finalist Natasha Roebig and husband Jason at the Bee All Natural Honey stall.  So many yummy ways to eat honey and even a diabolically hot 3 Stings chilli honey for the very, very brave (and you need to sign a waiver!).

Organic honey Queensland
Tash and Jason Roebig with daughter Miranda

 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s so much more to see and do than we can tell you here, so head on over to the Facebook event page and stay in the loop and have all the latest info at your fingertips.

Candy from Hell Challenge at Chillogan Festival.

Are you ready to test yourself?

Yes, of course there’s always something to do in Logan if you look hard enough.

Not only is this region peppered with beautiful open spaces and parkland, it now has its very own chilli festival – Chillogan – this year happening at the breezy Meadowbrook Golf Club..

On Saturday 16th November 2019 Chillogan will kick off once the hottest part of the day is done, at 3pm, and a program of back-to-back events including:

Music by three bands including Philip John Trio, The Satriani Tribute with Sean Mullen Guitar, nd the Logan-Beaudesert Country Music outfit, Lobeau.

  • 6 chilli challenges
  • 1 fun kids’ watermelon-eating challenge
  • 3 dance groups including the Blue Porcelain Dancers courtesy of North Brisbane Chinese Association and Carl Wu, the Bhangra United Dance Group, and the BADance academy
  • Roaming fun mexican wrestlers
  • Viking Breed Social Motorcycle Club
  • Brisbane Commodore Car Club
  • VIP Dog Training with Maree Field – Agility Display
  • Best Costume Award
  • Cutest Chilli Kid Award
  • Chilli Dog Mascot Award

And speaking of the 6 challenges……one of the more interesting ones is Adrian Zocaro’s  (Firing Line Gourmet Chilli) new “Candy from Hell” Challenge which kicks off at 6.15pm, bumping the Flaming Wings Challenge.   Find out more at the dedicated Facebook event page here.

Adrian has lovingly created a colourful collection of diabolical little gummy drops, in all colours, sneakily belying their heat level, leaving the challengers to find this out as they chew their way to the victory line.

The event will be MC’d by Phil North of Burning Bites Down Under so it’s sure to be a fun segment.

To register for the Candy from Hell cha

llenge or any of the other challenges on festival day, please visit our Humanitix registration page.

Adrian is better known for his amazing, low, slow-cooked meats (and vegetables) and is a very popular destination for meat-lovers at any festival which features his beloved cooker.  Chillogan 2019 will be no exception and Adrian has prepared some great surprises for his regular customers and will be ready to wow his new customers with his melt-in-the-mouth offerings.

Hellfire Alley will feature some of Australia’s finest artisan chilli product makers ready to test your mettle with their wares.

The Afterburn Bar will cool your tongue with some great beverages, including chilli beer and chilli cocktails and mocktails.

The kids can amuse themselves with two jumping castles, pony rides and an animal nursery.

And for those who like to learn new things, pop along to Adrian Zocaro’s workshop on smoked meats (brought to you by Firing Line Gourmet Chilli). Then learn about bees, honey and all things apiary with Tash and Jason Roebig of Bee All Natural Bee-keeping.  

The 7 hours of fun, excitement and relaxation will fly by and before you know it you’ll be heading home with a bag full of chilli goodies, a stomach full of delicious food (chilli and non-chilli), some worn out but happy kids and a greater appreciation of those brave challengers who take to the stage to test their endurance in one of our 6 six challenges.

Logan! Get your chilli on! 

Tickets on sale now – save time in the queue and buy online – don’t print out your tickets!

 

 

Logan – the new hotspot for Chilli-Lovers

Chillogan Hellfire Alley

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.

Why Logan?

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.