Brighton hasn’t had the hottest day of the year just yet, as The Fiery Foods UK Chilli Festival comes to town on Sat 19 – Sun 20 Sept. Bringing together every aspect of the chilli-sphere, the event takes over Brighton’s Victoria Gardens for two days of seriously hot fun.
The festival would not be possible without all the wonderful chilli companies around the country. To celebrate this, the National Chilli Awards are held at the festival and offer a useful platform for UK chilli companies and their products. With categories from Best Chilli Jam and Best Chilli Chocolate to Best Extreme Hot Sauce and Best UK Chilli Grower, this is the chance for retailers and producers to prove their mettle on a national level. This very serious competition sees winners compete for a trophy and bragging rights. This year the event also adds the International Chilli Awards for the rest of the world to show what they can do.
One of the weekend’s highlights is always the infamous FFUK Chilli-Eating Contest. Here 15 adventurous individuals show how much pain they’ll undergo in return for money. From the mildest peppers to specially grown varieties that burn with the intensity of the sun, it’s a brave soul that steps up for this challenge. It’s so hot that entrants must fill out a health questionnaire before being considered for the challenge. But with gifts galore and a beautiful trophy to encourage them, contestants have plenty to play for, and it has to be seen to be believed.
With live bands, spicy food from across the world, fab cocktails and craft beers, this huge event is chilli-fun for everyone! So come down and feel the heat, right in the heart of Brighton.