The Frosts Garden Centre annual Chilli Festival took place at Woburn Sands over the bank holiday weekend, attracting thousands of heat-seeking visitors.
The event took place over three days with this year’s festival being bigger (and hotter!) than ever before with 30 stalls, more music and dancing, entertainment, live cooking demonstrations, chilli beer and cider tasting, a free children’s chilli hunt and the infamous Chilli Challenge!
James Frost, managing director at Frosts, said: “This was our fifth annual Chilli Festival at Woburn Sands, we made it bigger and better than it ever has been before and we’re thrilled with the success of it.
“The event has continued to grow every year and it’s great to see our visitors enjoying the plants, the food and drink, the wonderful entertainment and of course, bringing in their own chilli creations.
“This year’s Chilli Challenge attracted more entrants and they all kept the crowd amused with their bravery, a big well done to our two winners!”
Twenty five daring competitors entered the Chilli Challenge; the semi-finals took place on Saturday and Sunday with the final on Monday. Joint winners; Craig Hamilton and Paul Elam shared the crown after they successfully consumed 5 of the hottest chillies in the world each.
Amateur chefs from all across the local area submitted their chilli creations for the Chilli Recipe Competition.
The judges sampled a scorching variety of homemade chilli sauces, chutneys, jams and pickles to pick one winning condiment, the creator of which was awarded the prestigious title of 2014 Chilli Recipe Champion for Frosts at Woburn Sands.