Palmerston North set to heat up
Fans of hot food in Palmerston North will be able to pit themselves against fellow chilli-heads for the first time, when the hottest competition in the country visits the city for the first time.
The NZ Chilli Eating Champs are heading to the city for the first time, with a heat being held at The Rose and Crown on Friday, May 12.
Competition organiser Clint Meyer, who is also the director of Fire Dragon Chillies, said he got the idea after a few people said he should put on a competition. ‘‘It started as a bit of fun. ‘‘Now, some of them take it pretty seriously.’’
The Palmerston North heat would involve competitors being given food or straight chillies each round.
They then must chew whatever they are given for 30 seconds before swallowing.
People are disqualified if they cannot eat what they are given, take a drink, leave the table, or vomit.
While that may sound like hell to some, Meyer said he had to turn people away at one heat because there were too many keen to compete.
Competitors must sign a waiver, which gave away any liability to the organisers for potential misfortune, including death.
But Meyer said no one had ever had ‘‘lasting damage’’.
‘‘It’s non-toxic, so the worst that can happen is you vomit.
The winner of the Palmerston North heat would get an invite to the final, held in Auckland on June 25 at the inaugural New Zealand Hot Sauce Festival.