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Melbourne Chilli Eating Championship

Things to do, Food and drink The B.East , Brunswick East Sunday March 8 2020
Melbourne Chilli Eating Championship
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Time Out says

Prove you can handle the hot stuff at this very spicy comp

If you think jalepeños are for infants and know the Scoville scale off by heart then listen up – Lygon Street burger bar B.East is hosting a red hot chilli heating competition.

The Melbourne chilli eating championship pits 24 fire-breathing contestants against each other as they vie for spicy, eye-watering glory (prizes also include $500, hot sauce, beer, merchandise and their name on the championship trophy).

Here’s how it works: contestants will progressively eat their way through the Scoville scale (the scale that measures spiciness) starting with jalepeños and going all the way up to the ‘are-you-sure-it’s-not-lava’ Carolina Reaper chilli, which measures 2 freakin' million Scoville units (the jalapeño taps out at just 8,000). The competitors will have to eat a variety of fresh peppers as well as spicy food and drinks, and will move forward in the comp so long as they don’t “knock out, tap out, pass out or spew out” (spew buckets are supplied). Each contestant will be provided with a pint of beer and a glass of milk – but drink 'em and you're out.

The B.East crew are happy to accommodate vegan and veggo hot head challengers so long as you give them notice, and you will need to sign a waiver before competing. Don’t fear the (Carolina) Reaper: the venue has prudently arranged for St John Ambulance to be on-site during the championship.

If you like it spicy but not that spicy you can also come along as a spectator. The B.East is running a chilli-inspired menu and drink specials all day, and there will be merch and hot sauce available for sale too.


Venue name: The B.East
Address: 80 Lygon St
Brunswick East
Price: $10 to compete

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