Sat, Aug 19 - Sun, Aug 20 2017

Smoke & Fire Festival ,

Maldon, England, United Kingdom Maldon, England, United Kingdom
7 Sponsors Confirmed
The Big Meat Company
Shine London
International Barbeque Network
Natures Larder
UK Chilli Cook-Off Association
Maldon Brewing Company
Maldon District Council

  • About the event

    2017 is a year that is sure to prove that

    Low ’n’ Slow BARBECUE SPIRIT is alive and well in Maldon.

    The Maldon Smoke & Fire Festival, a family celebration of the art of cooking with fire and smoke, comes to Promenade Park, with its avenues of mature trees and grass recreation areas running down the banks of the river Blackwater.

    The Maldon Smoke & Fire Festival will allow you to taste, smell, discover and learn about all kinds of US-style low ’n’ slow BBQ’ing grilling, smoking, meats and specialities from around the globe.You will also find plenty of the exhibitors wanting to show off their latest BBQ kit, and maybe even let you sample some of their cooking!

    This new annual  charity fundraiser, spice-inspired food festival plans to feature some of the greatest food vendors and best hot sauces in Essex and across the country, all washed down with a choice of award winning craft beers or ciders from our very own local breweries. There will be a grand IBQN sanction - Smoke & Fire Pitmaster Team competition with upto 20 teams from across the country competing to be crowned Maldon Smoke & Fire Pitmaster Champion 2017. Demos & workshops from our  friend Simon Dyer ITV's BBQ Champ 2015 and other BBQ cooking Hero's.Extreme eating challenges, Essex Regional Heats of the UK Chilli Cook-Off, a children’s play area  and Live entertainment.

    Why should you sponsor?

    As a free, Not-For-Profit event, we rely for the most part on your sponsorship to make this event happen. We are therefore keen to form true partnerships and work with you, to understand how we can create something that is mutually beneficially to both parties as well as for those attending.  So we have laid out just a few of the features that are available for you to sponsor. But these should be viewed as just the core building blocks of our event.  There is also the opportunity to curate or produce your own original entertainment content within our festival which can also help extend your association with us  - whether this is through us co-creating content before, during or after the event.

    Our experience shows us that by working with to create something multi-sensory and with a real “ Smoke and Fire Festival feel” these can  make an event stand out and can become even a central key attraction in themselves, with visitors returning numerous times which in turn can help to produce thousands of pieces of social content which will both directly and indirectly benefit your brand and our festival and the experience of those attending …..Thank you.

    Ashley Bird

    Dear Sponsor,

    I have always wanted to develop an event that combines food and Fire and Smoke in all their guises: in 2015 I put together a pilot two-day event called The Great Wild Food and Chilli Fair' aimed at celebrating nature’s larder and its abundance of offerings and edible treats. But the primary purpose was I could try out some of my ideas, some worked, and some failed. But ultimately the event was a success in fact with little or no sponsorship we managed to get write ups in Waitrose Magazine, interviews on the  BBC and came second in the Best New UK Chilli Festival awards. But don’t take my word for it, here are a few informative.



     For this event, we have partnered with Maldon District Council and the Tourist Board who bring with them all the benefits of being able to promote this event throughout Essex and beyond.

    I do hope that this has sparked some interest in our event and look forward to discussing with you how we can make it work for you and our visitors year on year.

    Kind regards
    Ashley Bird 


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  • 2501-5000 attendees expected

    68% Male Attendees

    32% Female Attendees

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Select a Package

3 available packages from £1200 to £3980


A branded live music stage creates a fun focus at the festival, it’s at the heart of the festival and in a prime footfall location and wide exposure to a diverse crowd of people. Blue Grass, Cigar Box Guitars and Blues artists Surrounded by BBQ and Chilli competitors, food vendors, the beer and cider and side stalls. Sponsors branding on main stage including back drop Branding on main website listing page (bands and live performances) A complete page in the Festival programme Opportunity to engage and run Social Media Competition Brand mentions during each announcement and intro ‘brought to you By………… VIP viewing area front of the stage for sponsors guests and access to the judges maquee for tasting

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This popular event attracts up to 20 Teams who have 4 hours to cook a gallon of Chilli con Carne from scratch using nothing but raw ingredients. Each team’s Chilli will be judged by a panel of experts to determine the winner of the £200 cash prize and a place in the UK Final (£100, £50 runners-up). The winner of the UK Final will win a trip to Las Vegas, Nevada with flights and accommodation included, to represent the UK in the World Food Championships. The prize purse for the Chilli category is a whopping $25,000 (http://www.worldfoodchampionships.com/) - joint competition naming rights - The Essex Uk Chilli Cook-Off 2017 - Your banners up in the teams cooking areas - A complete page in the Festival programme and linked logo on main website - Opportunity to engage and run Social Media Competition - Brand mentions during each announcement and prize giving and ‘brought to you By………… - Product sampling opportunities We are happy to take a flexible approach to accommodating different marketing strategies within the event in order to deliver your marketing objectives.

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Special Event Zone-TITAN the ROBOT

We have negotiated a great deal to have the internationally famous Titan the Robot for our festival weekend who will do two half hour shows per day. Titan the Robot is the ultimate family-entertainment show. Titan’s comedic antics are adored by children and adults alike and with his huge fan base people travel for miles to see his show a sure way to get your brand noticed over the two days. In addition to the show we have agreed that Titan would be available to do interviews with visiting media to promote your brand and you can even brand Titan as well. Check out the promo video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpZw3lZYIGo

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