Chilli Diamond Jubilee in Prospect ParkBy Linda Fort
May 22, 2012
A Diamond Jubilee celebration with a really spicy flavour is coming to Prospect Park on June 2.
And a band from Thatcham whose YouTube video went viral will be playing in the Celebration of Reading music event.
The Tilehurst Residents and Community Association (TRACA) has teamed up with the second annual Reading Chilli Cook-Off to organise the Tilehurst Festival.
The day begins at 7am with a car boot sale which runs until noon.
The festival follows on from that with trade stands, a bar, a funfair, food and novelty stands.
Between noon and 2pm there is a picnic in the park and at the same time the Reading Chilli Cook-Off entrants will prepare their vats of chilli for the contest.
The competition already has 18 entrants and there is still time to take part by visiting www.chilligonebarmy.com
Rules of the contest can be found on the website and when the cooking is done, festivalgoers will be able to sample the entries.
From 1pm until 5pm visitors can watch a classic car and bike display. And an It’s a Knock-out competition will start at 2pm.
Live music will play a big part during the afternoon with a celebration of Reading music featuring the Mini Band, the band of eight to 10-year-olds from Thatcham whose performance of a Metallica song at a beer festival in Bucklebury went viral.
Other bands include Reading Rock Academy, The Jammin Dodgers, Somesortafunk, The Generaters and The Dirty Shirts.
The beer tent will feature 12 real ales and there are food stalls featuring all sorts of different cultural cuisines.
Street entertainers, clowns, face painters and glitter tattooists will all help to add to the fun of the festival.
TRACA hopes that if there are any profits from this free event they will be shared between a military charity and a cancer charity