Frosts’ bank holiday chilli scorcher

Some like it hot with a record turnout of 15,000 people attending the annual chilli festival at Frosts Garden Centre over the bank holiday weekend

Despite rain on Saturday, nothing could extinguish the chilli heat with temperatures soaring over the rest of the weekend.

The garden centre at Woburn Sands was transformed into a gala of all things chilli.

A range of plants were available to buy, while exhibitors from across the country provided an array of chilli products for all to try – if they dared.

Frosts’ first ever chilli eating competition invited the most experienced chilli tasters to go head to head and ‘eat the heat’. Craig Hamilton and Dean Ball earned the title chilli eating champions after consuming a whopping 18 chillies in a row.

If the heat became too much, the Frosts’ beer tent served a selection of cool beers and ciders.

Band Mariachi el Mexicano played out authentic sounds, while salsa dancing and fire displays took place throughout the weekend.

James Frost, managing director, said: “This year the chilli festival was a great success. We are already planning next year’s festival and it promises to be bigger and hotter than this year.”