Chilli and Hop Festival

The winner of this year's chilli eating competition is guaranteed to gain a key life achievement for their CV.
Stephen Heard
Published on March 09, 2015


Lovers of all things hot and hoppy should start warming up their tonsils, as Hallertau Brewery’s Chilli and Hop Festival returns for its fourth outing.

A dozen iron-tounged heat-lovers will chomp their way through the world’s hottest chillies, with hopes of taking out the Auckland heat of the New Zealand Chilli Eating Champs. A line-up of New Zealand’s hoppiest beers plus local and international chilli beers will be on hand to ease (or contribute to) the pain, and Hallertau head brewer Steve Plowman will lead a panel in judging a Chilli beer themed home brew challenge.

Auckland’s roaming taco truck The Lucky Taco will keep with the spice theme, serving up their delicious Mexican fare and a chilli market will host some the best local chilli sauce producers. Thomson Whisky will be showcasing the latest offerings from their distillery located on-site at the countryside brewery.

Heating up the dance floor will be rock/soul duo Show Me Were It Hurts.

Admission includes a souvenir glass and the first drink free.


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