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That’s hot...! Brave eaters take on resort chilli fest

Participants in a chili eating competition in Blackpool

Participants in a chili eating competition in Blackpool

If you can’t stand the heat... this probably wasn’t the competition for you.

Thousands of people passing through Blackpool town centre at the weekend stopped to have a look at the chilli festival in St John’s Square.

And 15 hardy souls took on Blackpool Chilli Fiesta’s inaugural chilli eating contest.

Organised by Britsol-based Clifton Chilli Club, the contest used jalapeños as a warm up before moving onto the fiendishly hot scotch bonnet chilli – but even that was only a taste of things to come.

Participants were also challenged to eat a Trinidad Moruga Scorpion chilli, which until recently was listed as the spiciest in the world.

Supported by Blackpool Business Improvement District, the festival – now in its second year – saw visitor numbers rise and organisers hope to top that again next year.

The organiser of the chilli eating competition, known only as Chilli Dave, said: “This was the first competition we have done in Blackpool.

“It was amazing. The festival was very busy all day and there was a huge crowd watching the competition.

“We started with a milder chilli and we just kept going up until it was the last man standing.”

Festival organiser Alexander Mustang said: “By the end of the day, nearly all of the stall holders had sold out.

“Blackpool really set the benchmark – people really came out in support.”

The festival will return next year although a date has yet to be announced.

 

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