The Frosts Chilli Festival has erupted across Milton Keynes ahead of the weekend.
This week, chilli plants popped up across Milton Keynes in obscure locations as if they had burst through the pavement.
At Central train station, commuters were forced to avoid the ‘devil chilli plant’ on their Monday morning journey, which was placed as part of a stunt to promote the Bank Holiday Chilli Festival at Frosts Garden Centre.
One commuter, Chris Bangshaw, said: “I had to look twice this morning as I thought I was seeing things. It’s not every day you see a chilli plant growing out of a concrete floor but it certainly gave people something different to talk about.”
The annual festival, which will take this Bank Holiday weekend, has become well known for showcasing some of the hottest chillies in the world. A variety of hot treats will be on offer, from chilli beer to chilli chocolate, and those who dare will have the chance to take part in a chilli eating competition.
With over 30 exhibitors, two bands a day, professional compere, salsa classes, entertainment, live cooking demonstrations and a free ‘Children’s Chilli Hunt’, there is something for the whole family. Entertainment over the three days includes performances from Andalus (Gipsy King tribute band), Solid Steel (steel drums and limbo dancer) and Almas Latinas (salsa dancing).
This year’s event costs £3 per person for entry, with under 16s and Gardening Club Members getting in for free, and includes entry throughout the weekend as well as a free pack of chilli seeds for everyone.
More information can be found at www.frostsgardencentres.co.uk