Benington Chilli Festival 2014 takes place over August Bank Holiday weekend
A red-hot event which is off the Scoville Scale will tickle the taste buds of chilli fans in Hertfordshire this August Bank Holiday weekend.
Worship the pepper and celebrate all things chilli in the hidden gem of a garden at historic Benington Lordship on Sunday and Monday.
There will be more than 60 pitches of the nation’s best known independent chilli traders, selling everything and anything you can make with chillies – from chutneys, sauces and pickles to seeds, cheese and chocolate.
Visitors can also taste some fabulous hot food, cooked on site, from around the world. Foodies will be able to sample paella, Mexican burritos and tacos, Moroccan wraps, Indian curries, wood oven pizza, spicy sausages, pancakes, ice cream and much more.
There will also be the chance to sink a few chilli beers from the Fallen Angel brewery. For the less hardy, there will be non-chilli beers, lagers and soft drinks.
Festival-goers will also be able to get friendly advice from knowledgeable growers, while face painting and sand art entertainment will be put on for the children.
For the hard-core enthusiast, there is the fearsome chilli-eating challenge.
To be held at 4pm on Sunday and Monday, the competition is limited to 12 participants, on a first-come, first-served basis, with contestants battling their way through a procession of increasingly spicy chillies according to the official thermometer of chilli hotness – the Scoville Scale.
* The Benington Chilli Festival takes place on Sunday, August 24 and Bank Holiday Monday, August 25.
The event runs from 10am to 5pm both days.
Admission is £7.50 adults and £2.50 children under-16. It is free for under-12s.