Jasmir Singh and Manuja Kahn take out chilli eating title at fourth annual Broome Chilli Festival

Jane MurphyBroome Advertiser
Kasmir Singh and Manuja Kahn take a moment after they finish the world's hottest chilli, the Carolina Reaper.
Camera IconKasmir Singh and Manuja Kahn take a moment after they finish the world's hottest chilli, the Carolina Reaper. Credit: Broome Advertiser/Jane Murphy

Broome was heating up in more ways than one last weekend, with the annual Broome Chilli Festival adding some spice to the warm weather.

Swarms of locals and tourist filled the grounds of Lotteries House on Sunday to taste the best chilli dishes Broome has to offer.

As always, the day’s most exciting event was the chilli eating contest, where five brave Broomies battled it out to see who could handle the most heat.

Sitting at a long table with nine chillis before them — each with varying degrees of spice from the humble jalapeño to the worlds-hottest Carolina Reaper —contestants have just one small cup of water to last the whole contest.

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To add the mental challenge, a cup of milk and slices of cucumber sit directly in-front of each contestant, but with the rules dictating that even a single finger on either rules you out, it’s more a cruel tease.

Greg Pollet and Blake Clark were the first to tap out, leaving just shy of 6th chilli.

The remaining three — Jasmir Singh, Manuja Kahn and the Advertiser’s own Sam Jones — pushed through the flush and tears until the 8th chilli, when Jones called it quits.

The final two struggled through one more chilli before both chomping down the Carolina Reaper to see the contest end a tie.

In the other, less dangerous moments of the festival, local makers went head to head, with expert tasters voting their favourite.

Tasting experts were also invited to choose the best Chilli Jerky which went to Ellie Barrows, and the best Chilli Dessert, won by Michaela Nutt.

Julie Buist took out the ultimate prize for her Chilli Jam.

But it wasn’t just seasoned cooks who had a chance at glory - Towns Sports Club and Broome Little Athletics Club participated in the Matso’s Cook Off, the former taking home the trophy.

Over the day, Broome Lotteries House raised $1,894 towards the continuation of community events such as the Chilli Festival and R U OK? day.

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