Spice up your life! Record turn out at Chilli Festival

Chilli Festival. Pictures by June Essex.
Chilli Festival. Pictures by June Essex.

A record number of people turned out to inject some spice into their lives at the weekend’s Chilli Festival.

And it wasn’t just the chilli that ensured things were sizzling hot at the Frosts garden centre event - the sunshine also helped to heat things up.

Fancy a dip? Visitors could try before buying.

Fancy a dip? Visitors could try before buying.

More than 7,000 people turned out over the two days in Willington, near Bedford, and more than 3,000 chilli plants were on sale, with 15 different varieties ranging from the meek and mild to the hottest in the world.

The hottest chilli plant - Smokin Ed Carolina Reaper - sold out on the first day.

More than 300 pints of chilli beer called Fire in the Hole were sold and visitors munched their way through 500 trays of nachos.

Salsa dancers were on hand all weekend teaching people how to salsa and live music was played by Andalus, Rumba-Flamenco Latin guitar band, specialising in the authentic sound of the Gypsy Kings.

The Chilli Festival is an annual event.

The Chilli Festival is an annual event.

This year's Chilli Festival at Willington Garden Centre was the best yet.

This year's Chilli Festival at Willington Garden Centre was the best yet.