West Dean’s Chilli Fiesta has beaten events across the south and south east to be awarded a tourism event medal.
The event won the Tourism Event of the Year Bronze Award at the Beautiful South Awards for Excellence 2014/15 at the Grand Hotel, in Brighton.
Sam Moore, public events manager at West Dean, said: “Chilli Fiesta began as a small event 20 years ago and has grown to become one of the UK’s original and largest chilli events.
“This award could not have come at a more opportune time as 2015 will see us celebrating the event’s 20th anniversary.”
The event attracts about 22,000 people who enjoy live music, food and entertainment, with some camping for the weekend.
Tickets for the August 2015 event are now on sale.