THE Cheese and Chilli Festival returns this summer to the Hurn Bridge Equestrian Centre in Christchurch

An event spokesman said: “In 2018 we saw approximately 50,000 people at all six events which was amazing given how the World Cup and the extreme heat we experienced in the summer of 2018. We continue to grow the event each year and again, the improvements we made in 2018 were well received.”

New additions include:

* An improved live music experience.

* Free crazy golf

* Free human sized table football

* VIP/corporate experiences

* New arena layouts allowing for a family zone.

The two-day event takes place from Saturday, June 8 to Sunday, June 9 to showcase an array of local food and drink producers. There will also be cider, wine, lager and local acts.