Melbourne Chilli-Eating Championship

Can you handle the heat? Prove it at this prestigious (and wild) competition.
Concrete Playground
February 14, 2024


In March 2024, things are really heating up at The Beast on Lygon Street, the official home of the Melbourne Chilli-Eating Championship. On Saturday, March 2, a bunch of brave souls will put their lives on the line in this searing-hot contest to find Melbourne's steeliest tastebuds.

Firing up for its ninth edition, the competition will unfold throughout the afternoon, with things getting progressively spicier as the competition intensifies. Challengers will be consuming chillies that rank above two-million units on the Scoville scale, including the Trinidad scorpion, ghost chillis, the naga viper and the ever-so-feisty Carolina reaper. Participants can be eliminated by tapping out, passing out or unleashing a cheeky vomit — although, hopefully it doesn't come to that.

Chilli Eating Championship 2024 - The BEast in Brunswick

If you want to partake, you'll need to visit The Beast and sample one of the chillies that'll be eaten on the day, or you can send in a video of yourself eating a chilli that has the equivalent or higher heat score of a habañero. You'll also have to sign a waiver, of course.

Alternatively, you can simply watch on as these folks take their tastebuds to the edge. And be sure to stick around for the special celebrity round. Who will be participating hasn't been announced, but expect some Hot Ones energy.

Backing up the championship is a whole afternoon of spicy fun. There'll be a special fiery food and drinks menu on offer, plus a sausage sizzle outside that'll be frying up spicy snags made just for the day. Into the night, the team will also host live band karaoke and DJs, and give out prizes for the best dressed — the theme is 'spicy Australiana' for all those wanting to really lean into the Melbourne Chilli-Eating Championship festivities.

Chilli Eating Championship 2024 - The BEast in Brunswick

Images: Duncographic.


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